Windows 10 is the latest launch from Microsoft, which is said to have come as a surprise to many, who were expecting just ‘Windows’ or ‘Windows 9’. According to Microsoft, it is likely to be their flagship product’s final ‘major’ release, while the future holds in-place modifications and tweaks. It is considered to be a smart move, since most of the users have been prone towards skipping versions, in the last 15+ years.
What is known so far?
A single application platform, so that the developers can have single way to write universal app, targeting everything.
A single store, so as to have one way for discovering, purchasing and updating applications across devices.
A single experience across devices, which are customized to every device type, be it a device having no screen or that having 80” screen and irrespective of it being a touch device or one which is 10’ away where it is controlled with gestures.
Refreshes automatically, which means this latest edition would be up to date always. Moreover, it features in-place upgrades, making device reload and wipe scenarios obsolete.
Security here is core: malware, threat and identity protections are in-built; protection follows data where it resides, while two factor authentications can be stated to be easier to be used and managed.
What the license would look like? This is a question that is the minds of majority of the people who are eager to know more about Windows 10. The fact is Windows Licensing also has been a bit of a mess, between reimaging, OEM, upgrades, Enterprise, Pro and the like. There are in effect plenty of rules of what the user can do and cannot. Would Microsoft continue offering both Enterprise and Pro editions, or is there to be single edition? Would Windows become subscription based product like VDA? Would it become ‘per user’ license? In case, Windows 10 is stated to be the last significant release by Microsoft, then considering some of the changes can make real sense.
At the same time, one should also mention about Win 7 consumer editions (Ultimate, Home premium and Home Basic) no longer would come pre-installed on new devices after 31st October, 2015. However, there is still no date as such when Win 7 Pro would face similar cutoff. Microsoft is to offer a notice period of one year on this.
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