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Windows 10 – last major revision

by Nicki Dowsett in Industry News

Windows 10 - the last major revision

Windows 10 – the last major revision

Windows 10 is the final planned revision

Microsoft have recently announced that the well-known Windows operating system will have no further major revisions after version 10.  Rather than any major new changes Microsoft will continue to provide updates in an “on-going manner”.

In a statement at conference in Chicago a Microsoft development executive stated that “Windows will be delivered as a service bringing new innovations and updates in an on-going manner” adding that they expected a long future for Windows.  They will not be launching a Windows 11 at any time in the future and as yet have no name for this platform.   They have deliberately avoided the name Windows 9 and jumped straight to Windows 10 as a way to emphasis the break in successive stand-alone versions of the OS.  They have however admitted that working in this way has caused concern and issues for its customers.

Following the tradition of launching a new system every 3 years when the developers would sit down and create a whole new OS based on what was current at the time and quite possibly out of date of the customer needs by the time it was launched they feel this a better way to move forward, by constantly updating the existing OS it will break this cycle.  Giving Microsoft the opportunity to tinker and amend the software to test new features and gauge the reaction of the customers.

In the statement Microsoft spoke of how this is a positive step but do admit this is not without risk.  Whilst Windows will not be hugely revised this will continue to provide updates and new features it will improve the way in which they can continue to provide support.

Windows are currently offering a ‘Free Windows upgrade’ to some customers, and whilst it may appear good in principal, combining the best of Windows 8, similar in layout to Windows 7, it aims to work across all platforms – PC and tablet.  However it is not as good as it sounds.  Microsoft are offering this ‘Free’ upgrade to existing Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Phone 8.1 devices that upgrade within a year of its release.  Microsoft state that once a qualified device is upgraded to Windows 10, they will continue to keep it updated for the device lifetime, keeping it more secure and introducing more features and functionality for no additional charge.  However there are some exclusions more notably Windows Enterprise on version 7/8/8.1, for the average user it does sound to be good to be true.  We all know to be wary of anything that sounds to good to be true and here is why!

As the last numbered version of Windows, it is expected it will become a subscription service, so not Free.  This is likely to cause upset with many customers having to commit to a paid service in addition to any initial out lay.  With a seamless migration to Windows 10 it will be a new beginning and the OS will continue to evolve.  With the short time between previous launches it is widely believed that the users may be pushed to pay a subscription in 2-3 years.

Another reason to not take the free upgrade is Nagware, many people in the IT industry are aware to never take the first upgrade to any OS due to bugs, and subsequent following patches.  No matter how many times Windows suggest you install the new version of Windows you do not have to install and use straight away.  Patch KB3035583 on existing Windows, is officially described as an update to enable additional capabilities when new updates are available to the user. However in reality this Nagware creates 4 folders on Windows 7 and 8 designed to push adverts to the release and urging you to upgrade.  This a very strong strategy from Microsoft, this patch has been upgraded as an important update to current OS systems and means it will install automatically, it is believed that Windows 10 users will also see the same treatment when it becomes fully available.

Finally, another and possibly the most costly reason not to take the Free upgrade.  A year ago, Microsoft announced the Windows 8.1 update 1 upgrade, and at the same time announced that it will become the new servicing baseline for 8.1, so that the next security update would be dependent of the 8.1 update.  This meant that you had only 30 days to complete the updates otherwise your security notifications would cease.  It was only a four week notice period, and without the update you could be at risk, eventually Microsoft relented and extended this to 120 days.  Meaning you had more time complete the updates however your OS was possibly insecure for 4 months, so you had no option but to complete the update.  It is currently unknown if this will be the same situation with Windows 10, however as it has happened before it cannot be guaranteed.  Windows 10 is expected to launch in the coming months and they remain very quiet about future pricing and any fine details any future upgrades.

Microsoft may yet surprise many in the IT industry, with its ongoing silence regards to the pricing and fine details, many have reacted to this as a bad thing.  Microsoft need to clarify these points and this will encourage users to complete the update.  As with any new platform there is always uncertainty and until released there will always be questions and rumours.  In the meantime remember nothing in life is free.

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