Windows 10, which is scheduled to be released for PCs as earlier as this summer, will be Microsoft’s last Windows OS version, revealed Jerry Nixon, a Microsoft employee and developer evangelist, at the company’s ongoing Ignite conference in Chicago.
Reiterating the company’s “Windows as a service” philosophy, the developer said the firm is planning no new OS version launches in the future.
“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 added.
Nixon explained that the company secretly made its base for Windows 10 when it launched Windows 8.1 and went on adding that with the future Windows will have regular updates to the OS while Microsoft stops introducing new versions.
Explaining how it would work, Nixon gave the example of how OS components, such as the Start Menu and the built-in apps, will be bifurcated and updated independently, NDTV Gadgets noted.
“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,”confirmed a Microsoft spokesperson when approached by The Verge for confirming Nixon’s comments.
“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. We look forward to a long future of Windows innovations.”
Microsoft has already unveiled that ih had engineered apps like Xbox, Mail and even Office for regular monthly updates in Windows 10. However, the results will be reflected after a few months.
According to sources familiar with the matter the company has also been testing the OS with Windows Insider participants in the form of different OS version builds both for PC/laptops and mobile devices.
Back in January, Microsoft announced its new augmented reality headset is predicted to change the future of computing. Since then, Redmond’s boffins have been hard at work developing the next version of the HoloLens.
Compared to the first iteration, the new HoloLens features much more tricks.
The new Spatial Sound system allows the wearer to “hear holograms even when they’re behind,” notes the Lumia Conversations blog. It’s an incredible sentence and the system seems to work well especially when the user is swiveling his or hear head.
“The initial device included the usual CPU and GPU combo, but this was found to be too listless for Microsoft’s purposes. So the company has developed what it calls an HPU (yep, you guessed it — a holographic processing unit). It gives HoloLens the real-time ability to understand where you’re looking, to understand your gestures, and to spatially map the world around you,” explains the Lumia Conversations blog.
“Conceived, designed, and engineered by Microsoft, the HPU is designed specifically to support the needs of HoloLens,” which will also make developers’ lives easier, suggests the company.