Microsoft confirmed there won’t be a Windows 11, its predecessor being the last major revision of the operating system.
Jerry Nixon, a Microsoft development executive, speaking at a company conference, said: “Right now we’re releasing Windows 10 and because Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, we’re still all working on Windows 10.”
Instead of new major versions of the dominant desktop software, Microsoft said it would update the product in regular instalments and automatic updates, much like apps.
Nixon’s comments were backed by Microsoft in a statement, which said Windows 10 would be improved in the future in an “ongoing manner”.
“Windows will be delivered as a service bringing new innovations and updates in an ongoing manner,” it said.
The company is yet to decide on what to call the operating system beyond Windows 10 in a move that is expected to rebrand “Windows as a service”.
The jump from Windows 8 straight to 10, deliberately avoiding Windows 9, was a way to mark the break from the successive versions of the operating system.
Windows 10 will be released later this year as a free upgrade to many current software users. The offer is available to those running Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Phone on their devices, but it’s limited to the first year of the OS’s release.
Windows 10 brings the same operating system to devices of all sizes, including PCs, mobiles, tablets, XBOX One and single-board computers, to give the user more mobility from device to device.