When Windows 10 releases later this summer it will be the last traditional release of the series. Instead Microsoft will continue to focus on bringing enhancements and updates to Windows 10 in the future.
“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 Jerry Nixon, Microsoft’s developer evangelist, at the Ignite tech conference.
Microsoft will begin to handle Windows more like how Apple handles their OS. After the release of Windows 10 users will begin to receive software improvements via software updates, with Windows 10 remaining as the base operating system.
While I’m sure at some point Microsoft will eventually create a Windows 11 or Windows 12 that idea is something that we won’t see in the near future, with Microsoft essentially putting a stop to numbered versions of Windows.
Microsoft hasn’t revealed any other information on what exactly their plans are, but it is clear that plans are for Microsoft to rebrand its products and services.
“Recent comments at Ignite about Windows 10 are reflective of the way Windows will be delivered as a service bringing new innovations and updates in an ongoing manner, with continuous value for our consumer and business customers,” says a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge.
Windows 10 is expected to release to the public this summer (most likely late July) and will be free for Windows 8 and Windows 7 users for one year.
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