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Why Microsoft is calling Windows 10 'the last version of Windows'


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#1 JohnC_21

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Posted 07 May 2015 - 03:48 PM

"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." That was the message from Microsoft employee Jerry Nixon, a developer evangelist speaking at the company's Ignite conference this week. Nixon was explaining how Microsoft was launching Windows 8.1 last year, but in the background it was developing Windows 10. Now, Microsoft employees can talk freely about future updates to Windows 10 because there's no secret update in the works coming next. It's all just Windows 10. While it immediately sounds like Microsoft is killing off Windows and not doing future versions, the reality is a little more complex. The future is "Windows as a service."

 

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Posted 07 May 2015 - 04:09 PM

"So what are you guys running at your job?"
"The usual, WaaS."
"WaaS?"
"Yeah, WaaS. Windows as a Service."

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Posted 08 May 2015 - 04:50 AM

Cloud is future. Maybe, in the future, Windows will be similar to ChromeOS



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Posted 08 May 2015 - 05:18 AM

Except that you cannot always be online, so that's one huge downside.

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Posted 08 May 2015 - 11:46 AM

The Tech giant will maintain the OS by pushing updates time to time.


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Posted 08 May 2015 - 12:22 PM

So basically, it'll keep on doing what it's been doing since "forever" with Windows.


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Posted 08 May 2015 - 12:31 PM

Yes, off course. They are speaking clearly.



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Posted 14 May 2015 - 09:32 PM

They are already doing the same thing with their Office 365 product now.

http://products.office.com/en-us/compare-microsoft-office-products

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Posted 14 May 2015 - 09:37 PM

Well at least you can have a non-subscription based solution for Office, like Office 2013 and maybe the future Office 2016. But if they really make it happen for Windows 10, I don't know if they'll offer a non-subscription based solution.

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Posted 14 May 2015 - 10:25 PM

I have asked "why" in the other place and here's the answer..

 

"Because the days of a hardware>fat OS>application stack are coming to an end. Virtualization and containerization are making the "traditional" operating system less relevant. It's happening with VMware Horizon View (or whatever they're calling it this week), Citrix Xen, Remote Desktop, thin/zero clients - the idea of a full-blown client operating is being sidelined. They'll still be Windows as an operating system, but there's some big changes that mean MS are looking to be able to update/improve the OS on a rolling basis, rather than occasional big releases. That's whay it doesn't really matter (with a few caveats) what gets RTM'd in the next few months (if the rumoured timescales are to be believed), the OS will receive constant updates once it's out the door. The traditional release/update model is being ditched. But a lot of people, even "expert" tech journalists, can't seem to fathom this change."



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Posted 16 May 2015 - 01:25 AM

To answer the Thread Title...  Because it is.  Going forward Win10 will receive Updates and WE will not receive new OS versions.
 

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Posted 17 May 2015 - 02:28 PM

They also said it might just be called ''Windows'' without numbering or 10, if the plans to make it a service come off the ground. Then you need subscription to ''windows'' and all updates get pushed, I think they make its framework very compatible so they can theoretically do complete overhauls using updates without the need of an new OS..



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Posted 17 May 2015 - 03:03 PM

Ewol,

 

Again, I will try to clarify...

 

We need to stop switching the word Service to subscription... 2 very different things.  Yes, the # suffix could be dropped since there will not be more Windows OS versions going forward.  Just 10's Updates... remember, one does not pay for Updates... ergo, once one owns Win10... it's bought & it updates, end of story; no on-going fee for the Service of receiving its Updates.  There are 3 branches for that & here is the breakdown regarding 'delivery':


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Posted 17 May 2015 - 03:14 PM

Ewol,

 

Again, I will try to clarify...

 

I never indicated it was needed to clarify, was just saying Gabe also mentioned the OS number might be excluded. 



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Posted 17 May 2015 - 03:40 PM

OK, fair enough, sorry if I read in something I should not have.  It's just I see so many saying "subscription" & meaning (thinking) of a constant fee for that... to continue using the OS & receive its Updates, the Service.  Yes, it was thought back last year that might happen, just "Windows".  Whether it, still, comes to that rather than keeping the 10, maybe, haven't heard more or anything definitive on that score, @ this point.

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