Windows 10 is the last version of Microsoft Windows
It may drop like a bombshell on many, but this news has been confirmed by Jerry Nixon, a developer evangelist at the Windows Corporation at the company’s very own Windows Ignite conference. Here’s what he had to say about this decision:
“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.”
Nixon tried to explain how the company has preplanned this development for the next year when realizing Windows 8.1. Now that the news has been officially announced, employees can freely talk about the future updates as there aren’t any to come – Windows 10 is all there is.
To some tech gurus, it seemed as if Windows was deliberately trying to kill off Windows by not launching additional versions; the reality however, is much more complex. The future of the Windows now can be explained as a ‘service’.
The concept of ‘Windows as a service’
Although this idea has been circulating for quite a while now, the company still hasn’t planned on how it‘s going to take it a further ahead. Maybe that’s because there will literally be no major versions worthy of a global shift in the foreseeable future or maybe that’s what all the engineers at the Windows were able to deliver. But what the company did promise was that it isn’t opting for stagnancy. There will be regular updates and improvements. This will be achieved by splitting up the components of the operating system such as built-in apps and startup menus to be independently upgraded. It seems risky and is a really BIG undertaking, but the company has been working hard on this number 10 of all versions to ensure it is compatible with multiple platforms.
We will surely witness the onset with eyes agape, the company is further launching apps and services that clouts Windows 10. Ever since its official launch, the company has been encouraging all its users to upgrade to Windows 10 for free for the first 12 months of its launch. This strategy has so far been successful for Windows but still there are millions of user who are still using Windows 7 or 8.1 on their devices and PCs. The promise of updates is not restricted to just the overall operating system. Each of the in-built apps like Microsoft Office suite and Media Player platforms will be getting regular updates.
Windows isn’t dead, just the version numbers
Windows is becoming Google Chrome. Similar to the browser, Windows 10 will also receive regular updates without users even knowing. This is called efficiency at it best. This is the whole concept of ‘Windows as a service’. If this doesn’t work, there might be a Windows 11 or Window 12, but if it does, Windows might even lose the version numbers and simply refer to its OSes as “Windows”.