‘Windows 10’ will be the last version of ‘Windows’?

Microsoft will release Windows 10 on July 2015. They have said that it will be the last version of ‘Windows’. So what that means? ‘Windows’ will be dead? ‘Microsoft’ will stop working on ‘Windows’?

Well the answer is ‘Windows’ will not be dead. The delivery process of ‘Windows’ to the consumer will change. ‘Windows’ will become from a product to a service. There will be no major release. Updates and new features will be pushed to consumers when they are ready.

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Microsoft market share

‘Windows XP’ and ‘Windows 7’ is stable operating system. But ‘Windows 8’ is not popular in community. In case of mobile market, ‘Android’ and ‘iOS’ is popular and ‘Windows Phone’ has very little market share. Microsoft currently struggling to get better market share. They are changing their work approach. They are doing open source on GitHub. They allow Linux in Windows Azure. They are giving free update to Windows 10 for ‘Windows 7’ and ‘Windows 8.1’ users. They are proving software in pure Agile based approach.

Do you think these approaches help Microsoft to get better market share in future?

Microsoft Authenticator app

I blogged about two steps authentication before. You should enable two steps authentication in all your online main services (like email, blog). I am using this with my Microsoft account.

The idea is there are two steps in log in process. The steps are:

  1. In the first step you give user name or email id and password as usual to log in.
  2. In the second step, if the email id or user name and password combination is correct, then a SMS will come to your phone or an email will come to your alternate email with one time use security code. You need to enter that security code to log in.

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Microsoft on Android and iOS

We can see that Microsoft is giving importance to Android and iOS platforms. They are building apps for Android and iOS. You can find their apps in Google play store and App store. In many cases the apps are better than their own Windows Phone apps. The average rating of the apps are good. For example if you search Google play store you can find Microsoft Office Mobile app with rating 4 out of 5. You can also find many more apps like OneDrive with 4.4/5, OneNote with 4.1/5, Microsoft Outlook Preview with 3.7/5 etc. I found Microsoft Outlook Preview also very productive app for Android and iOS. Though it was previously Acompli and Microsoft bought and re-branded this app. I hope they will make this app more better and productive in future.

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