We have been hearing a lot news recently about Windows. From holograms, the virtual assistant Cortana and the touch Microsoft Office to the new Windows 10 OS. A lot has been said and even more is expected but what matters the most is that after the release of Windows 10, the operating system will transit from a monolithic product, that is being released under major periodic releases, to a consecutively updatable and tweaked in the background service. Actually, this is what the people in charge at Microsoft informed that we will see in the short coming future; Windows as a service.
This is undoubtedly is big change. It might not change a lot to the settings and preferences that every Windows computer already has but still, Windows as an OS and a monolithic product has been accompanying us for more than 2 decades and witnessing any kind of change to the product we have come so close with might be somewhat frustrating for many of us.
However we need to maintain an open mind and a clear perspective so before we make a decision as to that transition of Windows let’s take a quick look at the pros and cons of that change.
Starting with the positive side, we have to mention the biggest plus first. That would be the unification that Windows aims to achieve. Yes, that’s right. We will not have to separate Windows editions anymore like XP, Vista, 7, 8.1, or Windows Phone. There will only be “Windows”. Also, people using Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 will receive free upgrades to Windows 10. And there is more after that. Once Windows becomes a service, free updates will be frequently released and we won’t to wait until the next edition of Windows to evolve our OS. Terry Myerson (Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Operating Systems) specifically stated: “With Windows 10, the experience will evolve and get even better over time. We’ll deliver new features when they’re ready, not waiting for the next major release. We think of Windows as a Service – in fact, one could reasonably think of Windows in the next couple of years as one of the largest Internet services on the planet.” Last but not least, making Windows service available to the public for free is a plus on its own because who doesn’t like free stuff!
On the other hand, the upcoming transition of Windows is inevitably going to have some cons with the biggest of them being the uncertainty that may occur while upgrading to newer versions or simply installing some updates. Offering people free Windows 10 upgrades may refresh the pc market but the more attentive users know that operating system updates can turn out to be too much trouble, especially when dealing with OEM-built systems. Furthermore, upgrades to Windows 10 may be released for free but that is just for the first year. There is now details for the long run. Will we pay per device or sign some kind of contract with the sellers?
To sum it up, we can’t know for sure what this change of Windows is going to bring. If Windows as a service is paid only once (when the device is purchased) then we are witnessing a big change about to happen on the revenues. But if this turns out to be a pay to play model where users have to renew their membership frequently then Microsoft is at the edge of taking down a big part of the market.
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