Microsoft Corp, the American software major, expects to have its new Windows 10 operating system on the market by autumn 2015, slightly later than previous comments had suggested.
Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner told Japanese news service Nikkei on Wednesday that the new system would be released "early next fall".
Microsoft has not publicly set a firm timetable for the release of its Windows 10 OS, but only last week suggested the possibility of an earlier release.
"By next late summer and early fall we'll be able to bring out this particular OS (operating system). That's the current plan of record," Turner told the Credit Suisse Technology Conference on November 4.
An autumn release would put Windows 10 on track for launch three years after Windows 8, which got a mixed reception as it confused many traditional PC users with a design more suited to tablets.
The software major unveiled the name Windows 10 in late September, saying the jump in numbers from 8 to 10 marked a leap as it looks to unify the way people work on tablets, phones and traditional computers.
An early test version of Windows 10, which blends the traditional look and much-loved start menu with newer features, has been available for download from Microsoft's website for more than two months.
Windows is still a core part of the company's business and dominates the desktop computing market with 1.5 billion users. However, the growth of smartphones and tablets means Windows now runs on only about 14 per cent of computing devices worldwide, according to tech research firm Gartner.