Microsoft’s venerable operating system known as Windows has been around since November of 1985, first existing as an operating shell for the PC based MS-DOS, as computer users and consumers were growing more interested in graphical user interfaces. Since then, Windows has become the primary PC platform for schools, business, and home computing, and has released several different versions of the OS over the past thirty years. Now, though, the legacy of new versions of Windows looks to be coming to an end.
According to Microsoft executive Jerry Nixon at a conference last week (via Extreme Tech), this year’s upcoming Windows 10 will be the last version of the PC operating system that the company releases. Don’t think that this means Windows is going away, though — instead, Microsoft plans on releasing more incremental updates over time, giving a longer lifespan to the framework of Windows 10, which is expected to power a plethora of different devices from desktops, laptops, mobile phones, and the Xbox One.
Unlike the current update framework through Windows Update — which mostly consist of bug fixes and security patches — the new update framework for Windows 10 is expected to include more substantive updates that actually change the way that the operating system will work over time. It’s highly likely that many new updates that will be released in the future will be done so at a premium, in lieu of the construction and release of entirely new versions of Windows every few years. Over the last few years, Microsoft has seemed to be interested in simplifying their branding. As the newsbreaking article postulates, it’s quite possible that the “Windows 10″ branding is only temporary, and that it will simply be known as “Windows” after enough time has gone by.
The updates may also be simply “pushed” to the device running the OS, similarly to updates for Google’s Chrome browser. As the article states, “Sometimes you open Chrome and it looks a little different or does something new. Almost no one knows what version of Chrome they are running because it changes so frequently. This experience might be the future of Windows.”
Windows 10 is expected to roll out for PC’s this summer, while rollout on future devices will come over the next several months. For more on Windows 10 as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation.
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