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.