Windows 10, a Microsoft operating system that is part of the Windows NT series, has played a crucial role in shaping today’s digital landscape. It was released on July 29, 2015. The goal of the release was to respond to many criticisms that Windows 8 faced, and provide a consistent experience across devices. Windows 10 has been around for more than six year as of September 2021.
The Birth of Windows 10
Microsoft skipped Windows 9 in order to provide a user-centric experience. Windows 10 was released in September 2014 under the codename “Threshold”. Microsoft provided a preview version of Windows 10 to Windows Insider Program members following the announcement. Microsoft used this new method to collect real-time feedback before the official release.
Microsoft launched Windows 10 officially on July 29, 2015, after months of anticipation. Windows 10 brought back the beloved Start Menu that was missing in Windows 8. It also offered a mix of modern UI elements and traditional interfaces. Windows 10’s ability to automatically update and download updates in order to keep it secure and current was a unique feature. Windows 10 was well received by consumers for its consistent interface and improved functionality.
Evolving over Time
Windows 10’s journey has not been static. Windows 10 has undergone multiple “feature updates” or significant updates. These updates are generally released twice per year and bring new features to the operating system. These updates include the Anniversary Update 2016, Creators update (2017) and Fall Creators update (2017). They also include April 2018 Updates, October 2018 Updates, May 2019 Updates, November 2019 Upgrades, May 2020 Updates, October 2020 Upgrades, etc. Windows 10 was able to remain relevant and competitive with these feature updates.
Windows 10 H3: Is it the ‘Last Version’ of Windows?
Microsoft originally described Windows 10 in the past as “the last version of Windows”, moving to a ‘as a service’ model. Microsoft planned to update Windows 10 continuously with patches and feature updates, rather than release new versions. Microsoft will announce Windows 11 on June 24, 2021. This is the next major release of Windows.
Windows 10: How Long Will It Last?
Windows 10 has been around for more than six years as of September 2021. Microsoft’s vision and ability to adapt to changing technology is a testament to the longevity of Windows 10. Microsoft has announced Windows 11, but has pledged to support Windows 10 at least until October 14, 2025.
Windows 10’s impact on the digital landscape has been significant. From its 2014 announcement to its 2015 release and the numerous updates it received over the years. It has made our professional and daily tasks easier by providing an intuitive and seamless interface. It will be interesting to see how Microsoft evolves and shapes the future of operating system.