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Garry MacDonald

Microsoft Windows 10 – The last major revision

Currently at Windows 8.1, Windows 10 is going to be the last major revision of the PC operating system much used in business computers.  In future, similar to Apple, Windows will be updated in regular instalments.  Microsoft has yet to decide what to call the operating system beyond Windows 10 but there will be no ‘Windows 11’

In case you are wondering ‘Where’s Windows 9 ?’ Microsoft have skipped version 9 to signify a clear break with the past and the metronomic procession since Windows 7 when every 3 years they would bring out the next number in the sequence.

Moving to a position where Windows is a constantly updated service they will break out of this ‘locked away’  for 3 years development circle followed by a major marketing launch of the ‘Next greatest version’ since err the last one. Microsoft will now be able to tinker with the software on an on-going basis, test new features to see how customers like them and then course correct where necessary in a matter of months not years.  It will also mean a lot more Windows updates to be applied on a regular basis so get prepared for a lot more re-starts in the morning or ensure your IT support company can carry them out for you overnight.

There is much to like with Windows 10 as for one it take Microsoft around three releases to get it absolutely right, 8, 8.1 and now 10. Here at Helios we have been trialling the development version of Windows 10 for the past 6 months and we like what we see.  More on that next month.

Windows 10 is being sent to the PC manufacturers around July with an anticipated launch into new PCs from late August.  Don’t worry though about holding off buying any new PCs until then as Microsoft have announced that for a period of 1 year, from the launch of Windows 10, there is a free upgrade for users of Windows 7 and 8/8.1 to Windows 10.  This includes business customers that are running the ‘Pro’ versions of Windows 7 and 8/8.1.

The content of this article is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute professional or other advice.

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