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Microsoft says Windows 10 is ‘the last version of Windows’

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Windows 10 might be the last version of Microsoft’s operating system we’ll ever see.

That’s not because it’s rubbish, mind. Microsoft is making the bold claim because it now sees Windows as a service, rather than a software iteration.

“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,” said Microsoft dev Jerry Nixon, speaking at the Ignite conference.

So what comes next? Nothing, just more Windows 10. Microsoft is hoping Windows 10 will progressively improve instead of needing to be replaced.

The future is ‘Windows as a service’, according to Microsoft, which means Windows 11 might never even exist.

Windows 10 is different from Microsoft’s previous Windows operating systems in that it operates across platforms.

This means that instead of having separate versions of Windows on your desktop, phone, and tablet, it will be the same Windows 10 across all devices.

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It now seems as though Microsoft plans to regularly update the software so it doesn’t require a large overhaul, unlike previous versions of Windows.

“Recent comments at Ignite about Windows 10 are reflective of the way Windows be delivered as a service bringing new innovations and updates in an ongoing manner, with continuous value for our consumer and business customers,” said a Microsoft spokesperson, speaking to The Verge.

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 innovation.”

Windows 10 is set for consumer release in late July.

Chase Theophilos Katechis

May 8, 2015, 2:39 pm

"...windows be delivered..." Yo! Sorry couldn't help myself. I'm not a grammar Nazi I just thought that typo was funny.

LeeTronix

May 8, 2015, 3:26 pm

Why didn't they just say its simply called "Windows" in the first place if it is going to be a progressive service from now on? Strange.

Mama Plank

May 8, 2015, 3:45 pm

Simple; last version because

MICROSOFT is using the operating system to gather information for the mass detention of millions of Americans into fema camps.

Judge
Forrest wrote a 300 page response to the NDAA use and its consequences
for the USA, explaining the mass incarceration of millions of Japanese
US Citizens and US Citizens into internment camps during ww2.

Windows
10 is unconstitutional, violates privacy and right of every American.
This act of treason against America and its people will not be
forgotten.

Yan Huang

May 8, 2015, 3:57 pm

Cause then if you ever had to search for "XYZ Windows compatibility" or ask someone you support "What version of Windows are you running" or try to look up "How to do ABC on Windows" it'd end up mighty confusing.

Paul Brasington

May 8, 2015, 4:44 pm

"with continuous value for our consumer and business customers" - ie we want to charge a subscription. That's fair enough, as long as there's value that's actually valuable to me, which is more than I can say for Office 360. I really like Win10 as it's shaping up, but if it goes the same way I'll be off to Linux...

LeeTronix

May 8, 2015, 5:42 pm

Yes I can see where your coming from but then MS Windows is all you need to input, as all versions of windows have had a reference point. Windows 3.1, 95, 97, xp, vista, etc etc so MS WIndows would work.

LeeTronix

May 8, 2015, 5:46 pm

I agree with you in the sense if it adds a value plus this will free up other OS's further such as Linux in any case allowing them to showcase what they can do. I guess we will see how it goes.

Bugblatter

May 8, 2015, 5:52 pm

Currently large breaking changes (e.g. driver model changes) are released in a new version. It causes issues but it's manageable.

How will these changes be released in future? And how will user confusion be avoided?

I'd like to think they're completely on top of this and the whole idea hasn't just been pushed through by the marketing dept and people so high in MS that they don't need to actually think about consequences. I really would like to think that.

Yan Huang

May 8, 2015, 6:02 pm

Except you would have to sift through existing results for every previous version of Windows at the same time. That's the problem.

Just "inputting" Windows doesn't help at all. Some games will only run on Windows 10. If they adopted your idea, you would find games listing system requirements of "Requires Windows or above" yet don't work on Windows 7 or 8. Or the reverse, "Compatible with Windows 7/8/<blank>" or "Compatibility tested with Windows 8.1. Not tested on Windows." I don't see how that's going to help anybody.

FrankSW

May 8, 2015, 6:39 pm

IOS 6, 7, 8 Android 4, 5 , ubuntu 12,13,14 There may never be another multi-year gap between windows releases but you can bet those numbers (or names) will change just like every other OS

mode11

May 9, 2015, 9:04 am

It's like Adobe CC. As products mature, people have less motivation to upgrade to the latest version (for features they want). Look at all the people happy with Windows 7, or even XP. Making software a subscription circumvents that.

SkyAttacksX

May 10, 2015, 5:44 am

It's the last Windows guys!

Next up: Doors.

dgrantuk

May 11, 2015, 10:23 am

What? Another IBM collaboration? Time to dust off the OS/2 BNIB collectors edition disk boxset, could be worth something

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