Microsoft has officially announced that Windows 10 will be their last launch of the platform. Jerry Nixon, a developer at Microsoft, made the announcement during the Microsoft Ignite event held by the company. This is a huge announcement from the company, but has been a process in the making for quite some time, and the vision of Windows from CEO Satya Nadella.
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Is Microsoft Pulling the plug on Windows 10?
Not. Even. Close.
For Windows users, this is not the end of the platform, it will instead be considered a service model from now on. This means that all Windows users (Windows 7 and higher to be specific) will receive regular upgrades to their operating system free of charge, where previously there was a small upgrade fee. These upgrades will not typically comes in large batches, but as updates for specific apps come available users will be notified. These upgrades mean that, even when Windows 10 is released, which has been scheduled for the summer, it will not include the updates for all the programs and apps at one time. Instead users will receive notifications as the upgrades are released.
[…”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…We aren’t speaking to future branding at this time, but customers can be confident Windows 10 will remain up-to-date and power a variety of devices from PCs to phones to Surface Hub to HoloLens and Xbox. We look forward to a long future of Windows innovations.”…]
– Microsoft Spokeperson
Win 10 has currently been released as a Beta version, and is available to provide feedback to the developers. Although there will never be a Windows 11, Microsoft has indicated the only significant change that will occur is that users will no longer have to pay for upgrades. In short, once someone owns Windows they own it forever, and no longer have to worry about new platforms.