Windows 10, officially the last version will not be truly the last
For long-term Windows and Microsoft fans, this was the worst news that they had anticipated from Redmond-based software giant Microsoft. The companyâ€™s announcement that its forthcoming Windows 10 operating system will be the last of the Windows has shattered many people.
A large number of desktops and laptops who started using their machines topped by a Windows operating system, it is simply unthinkable that they will ever live without their favorite operating system. Many geeks donâ€™t even touch any other operating systems for their machines in their entire lives and to them the whole world seems to have darkened with the latest announcement.
But alas, this is official and the Redmond company has said that it will not release any new version of its operating system. But if you thought that you are seeing the end of the Microsoft, you are wrong. To be true you shouldnâ€™t reach an adverse conclusion before Microsoftâ€™s explanation.
But the company may be trying to rebrand itself after such a long period of time. There are reasons to believe that it may be part of a big effort by the firm to rebrand Windows as a service, instead of a product. Reports suggest that the company wants to give up the habit of one big release every two to three years and will instead offer incremental updates regularly, and this is a good thing.
There are reasons to believe that the company has realized that multiple versions of an operating system are a thing of the past. Ten years ago, when PCs were the most popular computing device, Windows was the only game in town, but the landscape today has changed with the massive surge in smartphone and tablet usage driven by Apple and Google products. There is no denying the fact that Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS are beating Microsoft at its own game.
Both the operating systems are actually offering regular over-the-air updates. Thereâ€™s a new numeric version (iOS 8 or Android 5.0) at the end of every year but they often iterate on previous versions and add a few new features. This is what Windows 10 will likely be, regular easy to do over-the-air (dowloadable) updates and that’ll make life easier for everyone.
While talking about the latest development The Verge says that the software giant has changed the way it engineers and delivers Windows. Instead of big releases, there will be regular improvements and updates. Part of this is achieved by splitting up operating system components like the â€œStart Menuâ€ and built-in apps to be separate parts that can be updated independently to the entire Windows core operating system. So stay calm and please donâ€™t panic.