Looks like Sathya Nadella is steering the giant ship of Windows into a model that will become either a service-based model or a Feature-based model where consumers can pay for what they like. Windows 10 is the last version of Windows. In a tweet James Croft on twitter quotes
Jerry Nixon is Developer Evangelist @ Microsoft
Windows 10 is the Last Version of Windows; Update & Service Model to Lead the Way
Microsoft is moving ahead with One Windows Idea on every platform, which dilutes the idea of having different versions of Windows running everywhere. This flexibility is only possible if Microsoft runs a platform that is unified and remains consistent for a long time instead of changing the model every three years.
Update Based Model:
Having the same version of Windows 10 running on all machines has another advantage. The mindset, the market share that people are still running an older version of Windows and they have problem upgrading, will be gone forever. While I don’t say that developers will not have to update their apps with time. But imagine a slow update where developers don’t have to migrate an app from one version to another drastically. Imagine a Windows which gets to its next release, silently, in the background.
The picture is obvious now on why Microsoft wants everybody to upgrade to Windows 10. It will not only be the last upgrade, but they would be able to bring every fake copy onboard and bet on a better future.
Software as a Service:
If you been following Build closely, its very clear that Microsoft is moving towards a model where Windows can turn into a “Software as a Service or SAAS.”
Office 365 is a classic example of this. Its a Subscription-based service where you get full Office Suite, which you can install as a Software on your machine. If you want to keep using it, you keep paying every year. You have the advantage of using the same license on your Phone, one one of the tablet and one on your PC or MAC. You always have the latest software, latest features and never have to worry about upgrading to the next version.
It is possible that Windows 10 can follow the same model, or part of it can become a paid service, and rest could be update based.
We see an exciting time in Windows and Microsoft for sure!