For a long time now, Windows has been the operating system. Everyone knows it by name whether they were techies or not. Odds are you use it at least to some degree. With the upcoming release of Windows 10, the operating system looks more promising then ever before, but could Windows 10 not only be the next version of Windows, but also the last?
At a conference last week, a Microsoft employee by the name of Jerry Nixon had this to say.
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.
Sounds like it’s the end of the line for Windows based on that right? Well that’s not quite the entire story. This is a drastic way of look at things. Let me explain.
One of the first thoughts by many who heard this news assumed that Microsoft simply hadn’t started working on the next version yet. That would simply mean that yes, Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, for now. This is a sensible explanation for sure, but it’s not actually the correct one.
A Microsoft spokesperson revealed to The Telegraph that updates to Windows would begin following a more incremental path with the release of Windows 10. That would lead to improvements that were ongoing rather than releasing a major overhaul every few years.
This method aligns well with what CEO Satya Nadella has been doing with Microsoft which has been slowly pointing the company to become more of a service company (i.e. Office 365).
It will be interesting to see just how Microsoft plans to make money off of a single OS that doesn’t require a new purchase every few years, especially since many customers will be able to update to the OS for free. It’s possible Windows 10 could become a part of the Office 365 subscription package in a new tier, but at the moment we really don’t know what the company has planned.