Windows 10 will be the last Windows

Microsoft Windows 8

We spoke about how Microsoft opensourced .NET or about how Microsoft could even opensource Windows, or how Windows 10 could force secure boot. But few of us could’ve thought of Windows 10 as the last Operating System of Microsoft.

Windows 10

Windows 10 will be the next Microsoft Operating System after Windows 8(.1). With Windows 10, Microsoft aims to patch up Windows 8 and to win over once again a big slice of Windows users who weren’t that pleased with Windows 8. After many thoughts, even the Start menu that was one of the Microsoft no-words, will be in Windows 10. It is scheduled to be released in summer 2015. But no one could’ve thought that Windows 10 would have been the last Windows Operating System.

Toward future

Saying so is Jerry Nixon, developer evangelist for Microsoft. He says, however, that Microsoft has no intention of leaving the Operating System market. On the contrary they created a new term Windows as a service, and if you have been at least once behind the scenes of cloud computing), this word will ring a bell in your head. Jerry continues saying they will try to stabilize Windows 10 so that releases won’t happen with a fixed lifecycle, they will be released continuously instead. Much like the Google approach with Chrome.

Windows as a service

As I was mentioning earlier, the words “… as a service” will remind you of something if you have been behind the cloud scene. That’s exactly what it means however: something sold not as a physical product but as a service instead. Imagine like a subscription to a fast food where you can eat all you want with a yearly fee (something hard to see commonly). Well, we have no real information on what this Windows as a service will be or how much it will cost, however something we know for sure: Windows won’t be the same any more. Yes, we might never notice that from the surface, but it will change. With this announce Windows will become much more like OSX and Linux distros, and if that Windows as a service will have a price yearly, much like Red Hat.

What do you think? Should Windows stay Windows, or is it okay for it to evolve/involve? How do you think this will affect your daily use?

Thanks to Pete for the image.

Image courtesy of mark | marksei

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