bfa1509 wrote: »
This has been penned as the next and last release of the Windows OS.
It was only a matter of time, but soon you will no longer own the license to your own operating system (it was arguable if you ever truly owned it for Windows 10)
Release date/fees if any remain unknown.
There will be two service updates per year - Feature updates and Quality/Service updates. Whether you have a choice to keep or remove anything remains to be seen.
In a passing comment a few months back I highlighted my preference for Windows 7 rather than Windows 10 which, needless to say, resulted in uproar in the thread!
This news is the final affront for me, it is now set in stone that I will remain a Windows 7 user for life!!
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seamus wrote: »
The changes to the way updates are done in Windows 10 has been a massive leap ahead for the OS, IMHO. The whole process of piecemeal patching and major jumps between OS upgrades was a perennial headache for anyone who had to manage more than one computer.
There's a considerably greater aspect of "it just works" with Windows 10 compared to all previous versions of Windows.
seamus wrote: »
The question really is where they're going to look to make money on this. Are they going to go down the Android road where manufacturers have to get certified and licenced by Microsoft to bundle Windows on their devices?
Or are they going to look for a yearly subscription to get access to feature updates? Since this is the way they went with Office, I suspect they'll go this way with Windows too.
CatInABox wrote: »
Can't seem them blocking feature updates, then they'd be back in the old problem of having to support loads of different versions. I think any future "windows as a service" will be priced around bundling in all their different services, such as office, onedrive, etc. Whether the EU lets them do this is a different question, of course.