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Is Windows 10 really the last version of Windows?

Microsoft has said that Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, and that's sort of true. Rather than releasing Windows 11 in years to come, the company will deploy perpetual updates to Windows 10.

Windows 10 is slated to be the last major Windows desktop release, but that does not mean Microsoft is abandoning the Windows operating system. Microsoft is just taking a different approach than it has in the past.

Microsoft used to deliver a new version of Windows every few years. Customers had to pay a licensing fee to get the upgrade, and then they had to work through a sometimes painful migration process. The other disadvantage to this upgrade model was that customers had to wait for long periods of time to get updated features.

Microsoft's new approach to OS deployments involves perpetual updates to the Windows 10 operating system that regularly add new functionality to Windows 10. It is probably unrealistic to think that Windows 10 will really be the final Microsoft Windows operating system, but it will likely be the last one released for quite some time.

Perpetual update wisdom

Microsoft's approach is not entirely unprecedented. Google takes a similar tack: It uses an automatic update process that ensures that Chromebooks always run the newest version of the Chrome operating system.

Microsoft categorizes Windows 10 updates in a way that gives administrators a little bit more control. Security updates are treated differently than feature updates, so an administrator might apply a security update relatively quickly, but he can opt to hold off on certain feature updates until he can test them thoroughly.

Presumably, it is possible to avoid installing feature updates altogether if the new functionality is not something that an organization needs.

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Do you think Microsoft is doing the right thing by releasing smaller, more frequent OS updates?
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Not sure what this approach does for MS's bottom line, but it seems to make sense for most end-users. Assuming, of course, that the myriad bugs have been ironed out long before the software is released. What no one needs is another perpetual round of bug fixes designed to patch the previous updates, ad nauseum, ad infiniturm, whether or not they get an update number. 

Few users actually care about whatever number their software sports; they just want the latest (and presumably the best) version of the OS. Sans bugs, patched and sealed before delivery.
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This could be a good thing if and only if:

1- Microsoft doubles their effort in the QA so we don't end up with fixes to fix the fixes.

2- The last thing users want is for their apps to stop working due to frequent releases.  Backward compatibility is a must.

3- To introduce an easy mechanism to undo fixes on the fly.

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I think @molibana has it exactly right. Unfortunately, MS has an unfortunately long history of bluescreening perfectly fine machines with patches to fix the problems cause by their previous update.... This time around, there'll have to be significantly better Q&A or an OFF button to stop the flow of "improvements".
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This isn't about functionality. 

Buying the o/s is a disappearing market so they can't justify their traditional pathway of snail pace o/s changes followed by some dodgy UX that makes you wonder what those guys at MS are smoking, the continuing inefficiency against the frankly mind boggling hardware it now runs on - and if infact those employees are part timers whose main job is flipping burgers.

And that's before you encounter the effort required to keep testing applications and then pushing out updates followed by having to chase up the clients that don't update for some reason.

Right now, companies have a decision to make about development platforms - the younger generation don't even use laptops, just tablets and phones. 
Surely the phone could easily go further and replace the [corporate] desktop too.  Just have a screen and keyboard available and buy in more of your applications as a service. 

The o/s is dead, long live the device.

MS are trying to have a single executable platform but Android is already there with Chrome runtime. 

Companies have to justify the purchase of anything more than a chromebook even though that hasn't taken off as it might have.

MS isn't dead but it can't charge for the o/s for ever.  Companies will take a while to move and the corporate management & email tools are key to their market but their future is not secure.

Once my current i7 laptop dies in the next 3-5 years I wonder why I would buy another laptop?  Tablets are already "octa-core" with retina level resolution. 
Add in the next gen solid state storage (pciE and nVMe) and storage in RAM format and tablets are going to be stupendously powerful removing the advantage of the laptop/desktop outside gaming.  Add a remote keyboard and you're done. 

But why would you buy a MS Surface given the choice out there and applications available in the Play Store?  MS are fighting for their future and they are banking on the "one o/s" across devices, but is that enough? 

I'm not convinced.  Apple are trying to "own" the connected experience and are making money hand over fist with it.  Google wants you to be using their products and are certainly winning the "personal device" war releasing brilliant applications like photos and drive making these services free for most people.

MS are in the corporate space but there is nothing making people buy MS phones and little to buy their tablets. 

How long until Google sells an already  "business configured" android tablet?  Particularly with small businesses with mail/addressbook/crm/invoice/finance functions all ready to go in one profile for trades people and personal play stuff in another?  The s/ware is already there, it's just a packaging exercise.
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Certainly. Although we have yet to swap over to Windows 10 company wide, we’ve always tested windows updates prior to releasing them to employee base at large to ensure there were no issues. Smaller yet more frequent releases make it much easier to test a change.
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You could call your Chevy Nova a Lamborghini, but, alass it would still be a Nova.

Does it really matter if all the fixes and changes are part of an ongoing update process or if they get a whole new number...? The end result is still the same. The rest is just marketing hype.
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I think it sounds like an improved strategy. Definitely better than the large releases every few years. Release small, release often is usually the best way to go.
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Sorry but we wont use WIN 10 in its current state.

We want a operating system for NON Touch desktops and notebooks with a UI that is useable.

Just give a the WIN7 UI as it was in WIN7, hell we may even accept WIN10 if it has the "WIN7 Classic Start/Menu UI" as it was in seven as an option selectable, and NOT the crap WIN10 abortion.
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Apple made this decision ten plus years ago, and it has served them pretty well. It will be interesting to see if Microsoft has the same success. As it stands, I am still running Windows 7 on my primary machine, and use Windows 8 and Windows 10 for testing and as curiosities. I'll wait and see if this incremental 10 lives up to being worthy to move onto full time, at least until I absolutely have to.
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Semantics. "Are you going to upgrade to Windows 10.100?" "No, I'm going to stick with Windows 10.75 until they get the bugs out."
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They could call it Fluffy Kitty 1.0 for that matter.  It's just going to be a new OS that some will like, others hate. Some user will say enough with the upgrades ans stay with their current OS.
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I rather doubt that Win 10 will be the last O/S of Microsoft.  Just as Edge was supposed to replace IE, and it has a lot of the same security issues that IE has.
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Win 10 will only be the last O/S of Microsoft if in some way Microsoft comes to an end.
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I doubt it. If the rate of updates to it is any indication it is far from perfect and just might need an overhaul.
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It’s incremental development, which makes perfect sense on so many different levels, from ease of coding to user acceptance.
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