Jerry Nixon, a Microsoft development executive, said in a conference speech this week that Windows 10 would be the “last version” of the dominant desktop software.
His comments were echoed by Microsoft which said it would update Windows in future in an “ongoing manner”. Instead of new stand-alone versions, Windows 10 would be improved in regular installments, the firm said.
Mr Nixon made his comments during Microsoft’s Ignite conference held in Chicago this week. In a statement, Microsoft said Mr Nixon’s comments reflected a change in the way that it made its software.
“Windows will be delivered as a service bringing new innovations and updates in an ongoing manner,” it said, adding that it expected there to be a “long future” for Windows.’No Windows 11′
He said Microsoft had in the past deliberately avoided using the name “Windows 9” and instead chose Windows 10 as a way to signify a break with a past which involved successive stand-alone versions of the operating system.
However, he said, working in that way had created many problems for Microsoft and its customers.”Every three years or so Microsoft would sit down and create ‘the next great OS’,” he said.