The Future of Windows: Where Will Microsoft Take Its Next OS?

Microsoft was started in 1975 with an aim to bring a computer on every desktop and in every home and the company has succeeded in achieving this aim to a greater extent particularly in the last decade. The ever growing sales of PCs, laptops, notebooks, tablets, and Smartphones clearly shows that users are now more tech-friendly and are always open to adopt the technological changes. Starting with MS‑DOS, the company developed various operating systems such as Windows 1.0, Windows 2.0–2.11, Windows NT, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 7, and many others.

Continuing the journey that began in 1975 till now, the company has incorporated various technologies, programming codes, and systematic patterns to come up with a product that can change the computing experience. Windows 8.1, the latest OS introduced by Microsoft, is renowned for its amazing touch-capability and user-friendly Metro interface that can be used on both touchscreen PCs as well as a traditional desktops. Features apps and tiled interface, the system software carry all the amazing features and tools that can bring fun environment at work. But here comes the question that what Microsoft is now up to? What the company might showcase in its next OS or how better it will be from its predecessors?

In this blog, you will read about how Microsoft has emerged as a big technological giant and what are the future plans of the company?

What is the current picture?

The company has offered an amazing platform for all touchscreen device manufacturers and the OS is widely acclaimed across the globe for its better user interface (UI) and excellent apps integration. But the announcement of the release of the Update 1 to Windows 8.1 has made many users perplexed who have started putting a question on the company’s future policies.

Users often ask from the vendor and the company itself that what exactly is happening to Windows? It is discussed among analysts that the operating software that has been acclaimed for its genuine features and excellent performance has started failing on user’s expectations.

The company’s newly appointed CEO Satya Nadella has said that the programs will now be developed while keeping both business and consumer in focus, rather than focusing on just one or the other. Hence, the company has designed an OS (Windows 8.1) that can cater to business as well as end-consumer needs and also focuses on delivering touchscreens to existing PC users who haven’t got them yet. Although, Microsoft devices contributed 14% of the company’s revenue last year, but a major section of funds was generated by the operating system product line.

In various technology meets and conferences, the company’s strategy has experienced a shift from a platform company to a devices and services company. CEO Satya Nadella has duly emphasized in its speech that Windows is still important for the company, but it will now focus on selling devices and making services available for end consumers.

What are the various services that the upcoming OS will offer?

Maintaining the trend of introducing something new in its every release, Microsoft has announced that it will make the next version of the Office apps run seamlessly on the system software. The upcoming version will experience a better integration with Bing search and other services, along with offering some exciting tools in OneDrive to make use of the new Power BI big data analysis service.

Laying emphasis on the company’s vision- ‘high value activities,’ the company’s OS will now be helpful in making decisions (presumably with Bing) and getting tasks done (presumably with the Bing apps). Apart from this, various efforts have been deployed to make the office documents more interactive by including multimedia and logic to them. The company will let you make your documents readable from a browser, however, making them annotated or presented with the company’s tool is still in discussions.

The new operating system will also have tools that can create reports in Excel and make them interact with the data in a Windows 8 app to make full use of the new Power BI service. Apart from catering service sector, the company will also come up with updates in 2015, which will be associated Xbox, Windows, and Windows Phone.

What did the company mean by ‘Mobile Windows’ and how it is different from the existing OSes?

As far as the device section is concerned, the upcoming versions of Windows will be designed for tablets, phablets, and phones. According to the experts from Microsoft, the strategy may experience decrease in the number of versions of Windows, as the company might merge Windows Phone and Windows RT. Some of the tech experts also argued the fact by saying that mobile operating systems do have serious risks to the security of Windows, hence, the software needs to be developed separately. Not a separate mobile OS or Windows RT can make the significant position in the long-running project, however, a hybrid of Windows RT and 8 may work for the tablet and phablet market.

Terry Myerson, head Microsoft’s unified Operating System Group  (OSG), claimed that every device needs a separate OS, so why can’t Microsoft come up with a single step solution that works across all devices. The approach seems attractive for developers, but they soon realized that one platform isn’t the same everywhere. Xbox can create its magic on a four-foot screen, but the same platform won’t fit inside your pocket on a four-inch screen.

It’s quite simple for a user to understand that most of the apps work similarly on a phone as well as on a tablet, hence, finding a one stop solution is quite easy. Apps that run on Windows RT can easily be adjusted to a smaller screen size as well as on the larger and higher resolution screens. The bigger device will let you open more windows at a time and help you in doing all that stuff that an iOS does.

In the latest version of Windows, users need to apply several tweaks and tips to boot directly to the desktop. However, the company is now stressing on removing this step and the Update 1 would always boot straight into the desktop. Another major change in the OS will let the desktop users get more integration with Store apps and other important stuff offered by the company.

A Windows phone doesn’t need the desktop, however, Windows RT needs the desktop for running the Office apps. But with latest technological advancements, you can easily stream the desired stuff on your device’s version of Windows. The company is rumored to offer a service that can stream a desktop version of Windows from the cloud or a gaming service. As a result, you can easily access all your Xbox games onto Windows Phone and Windows RT.

What is the future of the Windows OS?

During the last annual shareholders meet, Steve Ballmer presented his thoughts about making the OS available to users over their online account rather than selling physical DVDs of software. Ballmer has a clear picture in mind while stating that selling those physical discs won’t be there in another 10 years from now, hence, the company should offer the OS through a cloud service. The company will automatically update the software and will charge the fee for it from users. As per the company’s details, the users will not be responsible for remembering the official product key, and other licensing factors, as everything will be done online, without any hassle.

Microsoft has always been known for offering maximum customer satisfaction to users by delivering optimal products at premium prices. The company has recently shifted its focus from end-consumer to business and consumers, to portray a different image and versatility of the company into the global market. Coming up with various products such as Surface Pro 3, Windows 8 Pro, Update 1, and various other amazing services, the company is yet to experiment with its entire product line. Shifting the focus from hardcore operating system manufacturing to selling devices and making services available for end consumers, Microsoft is trying to conquer a major section of the Global IT segment.

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