A recent declaration by a Microsoft employee and developer evangelist Jerry Nixon revealed Microsoft’s fresh, new approach towards Windows; developing it more like a service and less like a software. He revealed how Windows 10 will be the “last version of Windows”, indicating plans of Microsoft of now delivering the OS as a “service”. It still remains unclear though, as to how it would be doing that.
However, he revealed that now Windows 10 would be getting regular updates and improvements, for example start menu and built-in apps would be updated separately.
Microsoft has altered the way it engineers and delivers Windows and the initial result is Windows 10. Instead of big releases, there will be regular improvements and updates. Part of this is achieved by splitting up operating system components like the Start Menu and built-in apps to be separate parts that can be updated independently to the entire Windows core operating system.
pointed out Jerry Nixon explaining how they had been working on Windows 10 all through last year even when it launched Windows 8.1 and they would continue to push further updates to the current OS without releasing a complete new version.
The statement was later backed up by a Microsoft spokesperson who told The Telegraph,
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.
This latest move by Microsoft on the lines of modern smart phone apps and other softwares, can be seen as a wise adaptation to the rapidly changing tech in the software world, so as to provide their users best experience continuously without going through the whole procedure of installing a new OS.
However, Microsoft’s approach isn;t new. Major tech giants have started adopting a similar approach, knowing that installing a whole new suite of softwares or Operating System is a rather tedious task on user’s end as compared to the more simpler updates part.
Similar thing has been done quite effectively by Adobe which now provides regular updates and improvements to its users though its Creative Cloud model which charges monthly fees from users for access to desktop programs like Photoshop and Illustrator in lieu of the most current version and features.
However, it remains to be seen how this strategy is going to work out in terms of revenue generation and sales model for Microsoft. Both the sales and revenue model are bound to change with recent developments and Microsoft announcing a free upgrade for eligible devices for the first year after 10’s official launch.
It is most likely to be a part of a larger services bundle that expands on what Office 365 currently provides.
For now, Windows 10 is expected to power various devices of Microsoft focusing on “long term innovations”.
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.
remarked the Microsoft spokesperson.