We are often asked when the new version of the operating system from Microsoft – Windows 11 will be released. In this article, we decided to give the final answer to this question, explaining in more detail the concept of “Windows as a service”
Back in May 2015, Microsoft officially announced that Windows 10 will be the latest version of the operating system, and users should not wait for Windows 11
Redmond believes that in a few years 90% of computers around the world will work on Windows 10.
The head of the new development of Microsoft, Jerry Nixon (Jerry Nixon) said:
Windows 10 will be the last operating system of the Windows family, we will work just above it.
Instead of releasing fundamentally new versions of the operating system every few years, Microsoft switched to another release model, which is also used in Apple. Under the new strategy, Microsoft will deliver new features and improvements to the operating system through regular updates.
Windows as a service
In the old days, Windows users could go to the store, purchase a copy of Windows and install it on their computer. After the release of Windows 10, Microsoft radically changed the way Windows is updated.
Right after its release, Windows 10 became available for free update for all users of Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. For the whole year after the release of the new operating system, users could completely upgrade to Windows 10 with Windows Update.
Microsoft will continue to improve the system by delivering regular updates, following the concept of “Windows as a service” or “Windows as a service.” Users have several options for quickly downloading updates. For example, they can download updates from Microsoft servers or use local computers connected to the Internet that have already received updates.
The new Microsoft method
According to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (Satya Nadella), the company has moved to a new approach with a priority of cloud technologies and an emphasis on mobile devices. Moreover, this approach is reflected in Windows. Windows will use a strategy similar to how mobile operating systems share the basic components for delivering faster updates.
The Start menu and the built-in applications are now separated from the main OS, so users can get updates faster. Instead of waiting for a full Windows update, Microsoft provides small stand-alone updates for individual applications.
This unbundling approach allowed smartphone manufacturers to update the main applications – for example, the camera, gallery, mail and others – without having to wait for the developers to release a major system update.
Windows 11 will not be
With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft no longer plans to release new operating systems, so if the strategy does not change, then in the short term we will not see Windows 11. Instead, the company has focused on improving the functionality of Windows 10 through regular feature updates, which are released twice a year – in the spring and fall.
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