Prepare for at least two major updates to Windows every year

Things in the world of Windows have picked up some serious pace these past few months. While Windows 8.1 was delivered more or less one year after Windows 8, things are in another gear now.

The first ever refresh of the new operating system, known as Windows 8.1 Update saw daylight earlier this month, and word is that another such major pack of improvements is being prepared for this fall. One that might bring back the Start Menu in one capacity or another.

For those of you that remember, Steve Ballmer vividly talked about this rapid release approach last year, and this much is now clear that Redmond have changed the released cadence of its flagship OS.

This is what the former Microsoft CEO had to say on the matter at BUILD 2013:

“And that’s not even so much about the conference, but it’s about the rapid pace of innovation. If there’s not one other message that I reach you with in my opening remarks, it’s about the transformation that we are going through as a company to move to an absolutely rapid release cycle — rapid release, rapid release.

I’ve talked externally about the transformation that we’re going through as a company who’s a software company to a company that is building software-powered devices and software-powered services. And the only way in which that transformation can possibly be driven is on a principle of rapid release.”

Now we are seeing just this in action!

This is Microsoft’s new strategy of providing users with improvements, enhancements and new features for their device, whether they be the good old PC, tablets or even smartphones.

Gone are the days of major releases every 24 months, even 3 years.

And the world of Windows is better off for it.

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  • Ryan

    How is this any different than when Windows was in the form of free Service Pack updates?????

    Windows 8.1 isn’t even a whole new OS compared to Windows 8. It’s still a minor release to Windows 8 and update is needed to continue Windows 8.x support. Support lifecycle for Windows 8.x in general is still to end January 2023, not any later as if Windows 8.1 was a whole new Windows. Plus Windows 8.1 doesn’t cost money for Windows 8 users either and argubly, Windows 8.1 is nothing more than if it were a Windows 8 SP1 slipstreamed installer disc. Windows 9 will however be a whole new OS and expect to have to pay for that one even if you run Windows 8.x. Just that they don’t call these in between Service Packs anymore. Windows 9.1 wouldn’t be a whole new OS to Windows 9 either.

    Windows 7 got SP1. You need to get SP1 on Windows 7 to keep getting support, nothing new with other versions of Windows using Service Packs before. A Service Pack update doesn’t cost any money either. You could also get a Windows 7 with SP1 disc to do a fresh install with SP1 included already.