Windows 10 is set to be one of Microsoft’s biggest product launches ever, with versions of the company’s new operating system covering everything from smartphones to desktop and eventually the HoloLens. It may also be the company’s last big software update, at least for a while.
Speaking at the Ignite 2015 conference earlier this week, Microsoft’s Jerry Nixon explained how the company plans to push out smaller updates moving forward. “Right now we’re releasing Windows 10… and because Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, we’re all still working on Windows 10.”
Instead of releasing Windows 11 in a few years, Microsoft says it plans to focus on smaller and faster updates across the entire Windows 10 platform. That includes the operating system in all its different forms, along with services like Office. The result could something like Apple’s OS X, which gets smaller updates on a yearly cycle.
Speaking to The Verge, Microsoft confirmed plans to keep Windows 10 as current as possible with regular updates, though the company isn’t ruling out a new version of Windows at some point in the future.
“We aren’t speaking to future branding at this time,” a Microsoft representative said, “but customers can be confident Windows 10 will remain up-to-date and power a variety of devices from PCs to phones to Surface Hub to HoloLens and Xbox. We look forward to a long future of Windows innovations.”
The result should be a much smoother experience with regular tweaks that keep Windows 10 running for as long as possible. It could mark an entirely new chapter for Microsoft, where Windows is more of a service, though the company still needs to actually launch the operating system first.