At last week’s Ignite conference, Microsoft’s developer staff were freely talking about some pretty substantial changes in the future direction of Windows. It is likely that Windows 10 will be the last version of Windows to be released, as Microsoft moves firmly towards “Windows as a Service” fulfilment.
With the engineering and delivery of Windows changed for Windows 10, instead of new releases there will be regular improvements and updates of 10. How it will work (whilst being a sizeable task), will see Microsoft splitting up operating system components like the Start Menu and built-in apps into separate parts. These can then be updated independently to the entire Windows core operating system. This gives highly desirable flexibility to span across multiple devices and provide smoother background monthly updates instead of new version launches every 2-3 years.
The apps and services that power Windows 10 are nearing launch and the new version of Windows 10 is currently being trialled by a number of test participants.
All of this bodes well for Managed Service Providers as our embrace of “as a Service” packages makes moving to the Cloud increasingly convenient, smoother and more flexible for tailoring the end user experience.