Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will be the last version of Windows that users will ever need — but what exactly does that mean for the user? Microsoft has remained somewhat enigmatic regarding their goals, but there are some things about the future of Windows that can be assumed.

Enhanced Windows Updates

From Windows XP to Windows 8, most users are aware that Windows tends to update itself in the background continuously. For a large part, these Windows updates have been limited to security fixes and minor improvements — but Microsoft’s vision for the future is a continuously upgrading and updating operating system that never has to be entirely reinstalled.

In other words, instead of having new, scheduled releases, there would be a multitude of smaller roll-outs directly to the machine. Most users are already familiar with this type of system — say, in smartphones and other mobile devices. Rather than having to reinstall their device every time a new update is created, users simply download the update.

Of course, this also introduces some problems — it means that users will need to remain online for their updates.

But What About Windows 9?

Some users might be wondering — what happened to Windows 9? The simplest answer is that it was skipped entirely. Whether that’s because the technology was there but had become outdated by the time they finished it, or simply because “Windows 10” is a firm number on which to start a new system, is unknown. But it does appear that the disappearance of Windows 9 could have to do with Microsoft’s interest in establishing Windows 10 as a completely revolutionary model. They’re probably not getting rid of the start menu or any other classic Windows features, but they are instead trying an entirely new model of software distribution.

Of course, even after Windows 10 the old versions are probably not going to go away. Virtual desktops with Windows Vista, Windows 7 and other iterations will probably still be in use for some time. And Windows 10 isn’t quite doing away with “versions” of Windows; it just means that the transition from version to version will be essentially seamless.

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