Following the development paradigm established by its mobile app teams, Microsoft hopes to abandon the practice of releasing major revisions to Windows.
That’s not to say that Windows 11, 12 or 13 will be never released; instead, for the foreseeable future the company’s plan is quickly and nimbly iterate on Windows 10.
Once released, Windows 10 will receive monthly updates, and built-in apps will be separated from the OS to ensure that they can updated independently, according to The Verge‘s Tom Warren. Indeed, it’s already possible to see that approach in action with the Windows 10 preview where programs like the Xbox and Mail apps are receiving frequent updates.
It’s all part of Microsoft’s plan to reimagine Windows as a service. That much was clear at this week Ignite developer conference when an employee from the company said that Windows 10 marks Microsoft’s final Windows release.
“Right now we’re releasing Windows 10, and because Windows 10 is the last version of Widows, we’re still on Windows 10,” said Jerry Nixon, a Windows developer evangelist.
When The Verge reached out to Microsoft to ask for clarification on Nixon’s comment, the company said, “Recent comments at Ignite about Windows 10 are reflective of the way Windows will be delivered as a service bringing new innovations and updates in an ongoing manner, with continuous value for our consumer and business customers.”