Microsoft finally shared more details about Windows 10 in a press conference on Wednesday, and in addition to all those great features that will come in the operating system, the company also revealed a little bit of something that might hint at what the future of Windows is going to look like.
In a statement after the show, Microsoft's Terry Myerson suggested that Windows 10 could actually be the last stand-alone release ever coming out of Redmond, as the company might now switch to a different strategy that would bring large updates to the core OS on a regular basis.
This isn't the first time that we're hearing about such a project, as people familiar with Microsoft's plans revealed in mid-2014 that the company was indeed planning to dump stand-alone releases and go for regular updates as soon as new features are ready.Just one Windows at the core
Myerson said that, from now on, computers would run Windows
and not a specific release of Windows, as the concept of “versions” will no longer be used for the operating system.
“And just like any Internet service, the idea of asking ‘What version are you on?’ will cease to make sense – which is great news for our Windows developers. With universal Windows apps that work across the entire device family, developers can build one app that targets the broadest range of devices – including the PC, tablet, phone, Xbox, the Internet of Things, and more,” he said.
Windows 10 will be offered as a free upgrade for one year after its public launch for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 users, as Microsoft wants to bring everyone on this new release as soon as possible.