What’s next with Windows 10? Are we dealing with the last version of the system?

By | April 16, 2019

Microsoft has already completed support for all versions of Windows XP. Soon, the same will happen with Windows 7. What’s next? How does the company plan to run its current operating system? Should we expect some “Windows 11” or will we be getting more updates to the tens?

Microsoft finally decided to kill Windows XP. Of course, this is about support for, for example, Windows Embedded 2009 POSReady. It is worth remembering that the client version of the system went to the grave five years ago. Microsoft in April 2014 stopped publishing updates to that system. Now the support for Windows Embedded 2009 POSReady has been completed and the last updates to this version of the system have been released.

The next one is Windows 7, but the matter is not so simple. Why? Well, hundreds of millions of computers around the world still work on this system. Nevertheless, the company intends to end support for the favorite seven at the beginning of next year. However, Microsoft has a solution that will help primarily enterprises and public institutions that continue to use Windows 7. Of course, it’s about paid support for the license for the seven Enterprise or Pro version (you will have to pay for 25 and 50 dollars respectively). In the following years, after the end of official support, these prices are to grow. By the way, this is not a very delicate suggestion that people will finally switch to Windows 10. Well, unless someone really likes to pay for support.

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In the case of Windows, we have two outputs. Either Microsoft will make a new version, or it will not do it. If another large Windows were to appear on the market, it probably would not happen in less than two years. Everything through the production cycle of subsequent patches and updates. The team working on consecutive versions of Windows codenames takes elements from the periodic table. The current name is “Titanium” (for version 19H1), the next update will be “Vanadium”, and around 2020, maybe another Windows will be created, which will have a name … “Chromium”. It’s a funny coincidence, considering that Microsoft is now working on the Edge browser on the Chromium engine (the one that drives Google Chrome).

These are just loose speculations and, at best, wishful thinking of people who would like to get another, completely fresh operating system from Microsoft. It is much more likely, however, that Windows 10 will be developed in the six-month cycle, ie in the spring and autumn will be the next major updates.

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What is it that speaks for? Well, Microsoft people themselves, who are talking about how Windows 10 would be the last boxed release of the operating system. Currently, Windows 10 goes from the “separate publishing” system to “system as a service”. Like, for example, electronic games that have been developed for several years, in this case, Microsoft officials want the system to be developed by various updates over the coming years.

Of course, the question arises whether “Windows as a service” will be somehow extra paid. It is worth remembering, however, that the semi-annual cycle of major updates is several years old, and so far the company has never asked for additional money for its operating system. It remains to be hoped that this will not change, although it is difficult to talk about an effective business model. On the other hand, more and more often mention various new formats for advertising in Windows, so maybe in 2-3 years our system will also be crammed with various advertisements.