Microsoft this past October introduced Windows 10 to the world, curiously skipping Windows 9 in the process.
Now comes word from Microsoft itself that Windows 10, slated to launch later this year, will represent the last time Microsoft launches a new Windows OS. Instead, Microsoft will periodically update Windows 10 with updates as a means to introduce new technologies and features.
In other words, there will not be a Windows 11.
News of Microsoft’s new strategy was first relayed by Jerry Nixon, a Microsoft development executive.
“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,” Nixon said while speaking at the Ignite Tech Conference in Chicago last week.
Microsoft also had to spend a huge amount of money and marketing muscle to convince people that they needed this new version, and that it was better than anything that had come before, he explained.
Moving to a situation in which Windows is a constantly updated service will break out of this cycle, and let Microsoft tinker more with the software to test new features and see how customers like them, he added.
In other words, this sounds a lot like the more fluid and nimble Microsoft that CEO Satya Nadella promised when he assumed the reigns of the company after Steve Ballmer.