Microsoft scraps Windows-as-a-Service business model in favor of Windows 11, after abruptly cancelling all updates for version 10 of the OS…
Microsoft once had big plans for Windows-as-a-Service. Now, that business model is no longer feasible, at least for the foreseeable future. This, with the introduction of Windows 11 and the combined action of ceasing all updates for version 10 of the operating system. The vision Microsoft had for Windows-as-a-Service were wrapped around edition 10 and the tentative long-game just can’t compete in today’s tech environment.
Microsoft Ends Windows-as-a-Service
Microsoft planned to do a lot with Windows 10. It would be a big upgrade from version 7, and the company would refresh the new operating system. New features and functionality were supposed to be added to major improvements three times in the first year and then two times per year thereafter.
“Prior to Windows 10, Microsoft released new versions of Windows every few years,” the company stated in a crucial support document. “This traditional deployment schedule imposed a training burden on users because the feature revisions were often significant. That schedule also meant waiting long periods without new features — a scenario that doesn’t work in today’s rapidly changing world, a world in which new security, management, and deployment capabilities are necessary to address challenges. Windows as a service will deliver smaller feature updates two times per year, around March and September, to help address these issues.”