Microsoft says that the latest version of Windows 10 operating system will be the last update and will be abandoning its traditional release cycle as the software maker aims to push out its latest version of Windows OS per say. What it actually means, is that the Redmond based giant wll be dropping the whole version number branding and treat its OS more and much like a service, kind of similar to that of Apple’s doing with OS X updates for a decade now. More details about Windows 10 can be checked right after this break.
According to an executive Jerry Nixon speaking at the Microsoft Ignite event, “Right now we’re releasing Windows 10, and because Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, we’re all still working on Windows 10.”
Windows 10 OS is what they are talking about, which has been long seen as that meaningful push from Microsoft towards an OS that is supported on not just PCs, but mobile devices as well, allowing for a harmonious eco-system for the software based company.The plan to move away from the typical release cycle had been leaked in the past on Internet, but this time word comes straight from the official source.
A representative of the Windows maker confirmed the rumors are pretty much accurate and the Microsoft will in fact drop the idea of rolling out a complete new Windows OS with newer version numbers. Revealed that Windows 10, which is the latest version of the operating system to be released, will be the last update. While the Windows OS will remain, Microsoft will now look to Windows 10 as a base upon which the company can build on through timely updates, bringing in new features and fixes over time as technologies and platforms evolve, like what Apple has been doing with OS X 10.x release cycle.
The company is already in work prepping up a new update for the summer bound Windows 10, codenamed ‘Redstone,’ to be released in two waves in 2016. Details on this update is however remain unclear though, but it does give us an insight on how Microsoft will be stepping towards to update the Windows platform n the near future, as part of the larger ecosystem that Windows 10 aims to be.
It is much apparent that Redstone will be forego by a bunch of other updates following the release of Windows 10 RTM, to tackle any bugs and performance issues that will emerge when PC owners get their hands on the new OS. Consumers will be getting Windows 10 a an update for non-licensed or pirated Windows 8 users as well, announced by Microsoft a while back that this Win 10 OS will be available as an update.
About Windows, Microsoft has been discussing the idea to make it as a service. But the company hasn’t really explained exactly how that will play out with future versions of Windows. Instead of big releases, there will be regular improvements and updates. Achieved by splitting up operating system components like the Start Menu and built-in apps to be separate parts that can be updated independently to the entire Windows core operating system. The software company is testing preview builds of Window 10 with willing participants, and apps like Xbox and Mail have been engineered for regularly monthly updates.
“Recent comments at Ignite about Windows 10 are reflective of the way Windows will be delivered as a service bringing new innovations and updates in an ongoing manner, with continuous value for our consumer and business customers,” says a Microsoft spokesperson.
“We aren’t speaking to future branding at this time, but customers can be confident Windows 10 will remain up-to-date and power a variety of devices from PCs to phones to Surface Hub to HoloLens and Xbox. We look forward to a long future of Windows innovations.”
However the idea is much like how Google Chrome browser gets updated regularly with version numbers nobody really pays attention. Microsoft’s approach will likely result in a similar manner, and the notion that Windows 10 could be the last major version of Windows. Microsoft could opt for Windows 11 or Windows 12 in future, when people upgrade to Windows 10. (Source: Microsoft)