Windows 10 will be the last major version of Microsoft’s long-running operating system.
Jerry Nixon, a Microsoft development executive, said at the company’s Ignite conference this week that Windows 10 will be the “last version” of the dominant desktop software.
Instead of new standalone versions, Windows 10 will be improved in regular installments, Microsoft said.
Nixon’s comments were echoed by Microsoft in a statement that said it will offer updates for the operating system in future in an “ongoing manner”. Instead of new standalone versions, Windows 10 will be improved in “incremental updates”.
Microsoft said in the statement that Nixon’s comments reflected a change in its approach to making its software.
“Windows will be delivered as a service bringing new innovations and updates in an ongoing manner,” it said, adding that it expects there will be a “long future” for Windows.
“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,” Nixon said at the conference, explaining how Microsoft launched Windows 8.1 last year while quietly developing Windows 10 in the background.
Now, Microsoft employees can talk freely about future updates to Windows 10 because there’s no secret update coming next year.
While it may sound as if Microsoft is killing off its lucrative operating system and not developing future versions, in reality this is part of Microsoft’s big effort to rebrand Windows as a service, instead of a product.
Windows 10 is expected to hit the markets later this year. Different versions of the operating system will be launched for multiple devices, including PCs, mobiles, tablets, Xbox One and single-board computers such as the Raspberry Pi 2.
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