Microsoft executive Jerry Nixon dropped a bombshell of an announcement during the company’s ignite conference in Chicago.
Windows 10 would the last version of the operating system.
If you’re thinking it’s some kind of marketing trick or that Microsoft is “ending” Windows in the same way DC “killed” Superman (as in, bringing it/him back in a few months), Nixon’s word on the subject is final…and slightly existential.
“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.”
Slated for release later this summer, Windows 10 will be refined by future updates and incremental updates. The company also doesn’t plan on releasing a different operating system any time soon. But there will be no Windows 11.
Also interesting: the company is killing off Patch Tuesday. Microsoft will move to a 24/7, release-it-when-it’s-ready update schedule.
The move toward “Just Windows” points to the brand being a true umbrella term for the all the devices that run its various flavors of mobile and desktop operating systems. One window to rule them all, if you will.
“We aren’t speaking to future branding at this time, but customers can be confident Windows 10 will remain up-to-date and power a variety of devices from PCs to phones to Surface Hub to HoloLens and Xbox,” a spokesperson told PC Magazine, tellingly. “We look forward to a long future of Windows innovations.”