I watched the Windows 10 keynote and I found a couple of trends interesting.
A Fundamental Shift
We are all familiar with the terms that have come along with cloud computing, subscription-based services, and the direction that our technological world is taking: IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service), SaaS (Software as a Service) and HaaS (Hardware as a Service), which is the newest hat in the ring for businesses to wrap their heads and budgets around. And with that, we have all come to know and understand the terms surrounding these changes. There is, however, another one that is coming down the pipeline: WaaS (Windows as a Service).
Microsoft’s vision for Windows is to grow the OS into a service that you constantly utilize as opposed to a software you purchase once and forget about. The product is the service and the service is the product…get it? Many users will get this upgrade for free (unless you’re running something older than Windows 7 or have Enterprise licenses without SA, that is).
Unifying User Experience
The other component I took away from the Windows 10 keynote is Microsoft’s desire for a unified experience within the computing environment. Windows 10 will be the platform for tablets, PCs, Xbox One, and smartphones. Microsoft is putting a flag down in the hardware world like never before.
This unity across devices was the first announcement from Microsoft at this keynote. Like I said, for all consumer Windows devices running Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 there will be a free upgrade to Windows 10 for one year. You have a year to upgrade your systems and this is your opportunity to get uniformity across your devices.
This is a great initiative from Microsoft in a lot of respects. First off, it discourages users from holding onto an older version of Windows the way many did with XP. It also encourages software development: developers will have a uniform platform on which to create applications for business and entertainment. And finally, it draws users into the Window ecosystem. If Microsoft’s products all work so seamlessly together, why wouldn’t you want all your devices to run Windows?
An OS Designed with Real User Feedback
Your feedback on Windows 10 still matters to Microsoft. There are several release builds expected to come out over the coming months for the testing community. The newest release looks different from the one before it. Like I said before, this is unprecedented.
If you want to join the testing community, The Windows Insider program is the main way to get involved.
You can still view the full keynote on YouTube.