There are news reports that Windows 10 will be the last version in the Windows line of operating systems. Microsoft is not going to launch Windows 11. Windows 10 is going to be the last traditional release of the operating system from Microsoft and the company will improve and update in the future for many years to come.
Microsoft has been working on the development of the operating system all through last year even as it launched Windows 8.1 and updates to it. The goal of Windows 10 is to unify the Windows PC, Windows Phone, Windows Embedded and Xbox One product families, as well as new product categories such as the Surface Hub and HoloLens, around a common internal core.
Microsoft is reportedly planning to launch Windows as a service in the future. The company also plans to split up the operating system components into separate parts that can be updated independently from the core of the operating system. This will also provide total flexibility to the users as to which component to install and use.
The operating system business has been very much lucrative for Microsoft and accounts for a large chunk of its revenue. By discontinuing Windows, Microsoft appears to be killing this very lucrative business. However, this is a part of the company’s effort to rebrand Windows as a service rather than as a standalone product. This is also in line with the changing landscape in the field of computing. Computing has a long way in the last decade. Desktops have been largely replaced by mobile devices. The way computing devices are used has also undergone a radical change.
Windows 10 will be available later this year. The operating system will be available for multiple devices, including traditional desktops and laptops, smart phones, tablets, Xbox One and also the Raspberry Pi.