Windows 10 has been released to the world and it has received a positive response from the people. It will act and perform more like a service from now onwards, because of its automatic regular updating, adding new features and optimizing itself features. But what does it mean? What is Microsoft planning after this release?
In Windows 10 updates will be downloaded and installed automatically through Windows Update feature. The Verge announced it that the very first update will be out in the early August and this will be Service Release 1(SR1). This will contain a collection of bug fixes, which will hopefully address the criticisms of reviewers like Walt Mossberg and according to him the operating system may not be quite ready yet. After the first release of SR1, Microsoft released another update in October which contain the Skype-integrated Messaging app. The Skype team announced recently that the touch-based Windows 8 app would no longer be supported, so users looking to get the full universal app experience will need to update to get back the touch support. The update also included an extension support for Microsoft Edge which was not included at the time of release. Reviewers has described Microsoft Edge as a good start, but The Guardian noted that without extension support, the browser is unfinished.
Now if we talk about the next Microsoft project, then according to Neowin, a project codenamed “Redstone” is what Microsoft is working on. The name comes from a product Minecraft, a game developed by the company that Microsoft acquired back in November 2014. This is something of a theme for Microsoft, the initial Windows 10 release was also codenamed as “Threshold”, which was names after a planet name from the Halo video game series which is another Microsoft property.
Assuming that if Microsoft does not change the course between now and Redstone’s release in 2016, the new update will be available for free to all Windows 10 users. For the time being, Redstone is planned as two updates: one in the summer and one in the fall. Customers will receive beta version of these upcoming updates as they become available. They will not be asked whether they want to opt out of receiving beta versions of Windows. Instead, they will need to install a retail copy of Windows 10 with a valid product key.