Microsoft: Windows 10 will be the ‘last version of Windows’

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Microsoft has confirmed that its highly anticipated OS iteration dubbed Windows 10 will be the ‘last version of Windows’, meaning that there won’t be a Windows 11.

Speaking at the company’s Ignite conference, Microsoft employee Jerry Nixon, a developer evangelist, was quoted saying “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.”

He went on to explain that this time Redmond will avoid following the tradition of one big release every two to three years, rather it will continue to further push updates to the latest OS. He also revealed that the groundwork for the last operating system of Windows was being done at the same time when they were working on Windows 8.1 OS.

It is believed that the reason behind the move is that Microsoft plans to launch Windows as a service. Redmond has split operating system components like start-menu and built-in apps into separate parts, and they can be updated independently to the entire Windows core operating system, reports the Verge.

According to the software giant, the upcoming Windows OS will support every kind of Windows device and will feature a new browser (Edge, which will replace Internet Explorer), a smarter digital assistant (Cortana) and holographic computing (supported by a computing headset called HoloLens).

Windows 10 is set to be released in late July this year and offered as a free update for 12 months for those running Windows 7 or Windows 8. The different versions of the operating system are expected to be launched for PCs, laptops, and smartphones.

There isn’t any information as to what the price will be once 12 months has been reached.

Users can currently download Windows 10 technical preview through the Windows Insider Program Website.