Windows 10 is the last version of Windows: Says a Microsoft employee
Windows 10 has been impressive ever since it made its debut in the form of Technical Preview, last year.
It has brought in several changes including the latest browser Microsoft Edge, a Start Menu which is similar to Windows 7 and more.
Microsoft has also retired several classic features including applications like Internet Explorer, and Windows Media Center. The OS continues to evolve as it heads towards an RTM release, and is scheduled to be officially launch in late July.
However apps and features aren’t the only changes in the upcoming OS. The update system of Windows itself, is changing. Microsoft announced in January that Windows 10 would be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users. This is the second time an upgrade has been offered for free, the first being Windows 8.1.
Windows 8.1 however wasn’t that big of an update, which would earn it the title of a major upgrade, which makes Windows 10 the first major free upgrade from Microsoft. Lastmonth, we also reported how the Redmond company is planning to release an update for Windows 10 in 2016, called Windows Redstone.
Today, an official confirmation about the future of Windows Updates, came in the form of a statement made by a Microsoft official.
“Windows 10 is the last version of Windows so we’re always working on Windows 10”, said Jerry Nixon, a Microsoft Developer. He also went on to say that Microsoft’s new update policy could be the reason, and that “We’ll see more and more features added to the OS as it grows across all Windows platforms.”
— James Croft (@jamzc92) May 6, 2015
Is Microsoft Going to stop developing Windows? Is Windows 10 the last Windows?
No, and here is why.
What Microsoft plans to do is this, stop major upgrades, and instead offer regular updates. In fact, it is doing away with its “Patch Tuesday” update system. If you aren’t aware about it, allow me to explain. On the first Tuesday of every month, Microsoft pushes updates for its Windows Operating Systems. The update consists of patches for security vulnerabilities in the OS, hence the name Patch Tuesday.
The Redmond company is touted to offer Weekly updates instead of the monthly Patch Tuesday updates, so users can expect faster roll outs.
So, what the last version of Windows really means is that it could switch to big updates in place of major upgrades. Softpedia reports that Windows could drop the traditional naming convention, eg: Windows 10, and just call it Windows. This will be a universal operating system across all devices running Windows (phones, tablets, PCs).