May 13th, 2015
It appears that Microsoft is betting on Windows 10 for the long run. In the recent ‘Ignite’ conference, Microsoft’s developer Jerry Nixon has revealed that Windows 10 will indeed be the last version of Windows.
Nixon says “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.”
If you are a Windows user and/or are confused about how you should feel about this, allow us to decipher the consequences of Microsoft’s decision, and why you should be okay with it.
Deployment of most new software is done on the cloud, in a partial or complete manner. A common trait of such deployment is the usual ‘Update’ notification for an app that you see ever so often on your phone. This new-found way of using ‘Software as a Service’ helps both the developers and the users.
From the developer’s perspective, an online-distributed software is easier to maintain: pushing new updates, patching bugs, beta-testing potential features and so on.
The user benefits from simplicity of use. And the whole arrangement makes for some proper economic savings as updating an existing software online is always easier than releasing a new version.
The new approach is good and simply, more in tune with the times. Microsoft would be able to update the OS online, without re-hauling the whole software. Modern software is modular. Thus developers can tinker with parts of it, without affecting overall functionality. This is another big plus. In fact, it is exactly how Google pushes incremental updates for Chrome for example.
We wonder though, what would they call the update after Windows 10.9 has rolled out.