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Don’t freak out about Windows 10 being called the ‘last Windows’

Windows 10 Updates and New Features

Microsoft doesn’t have a Windows 11 in mind for the time being, and the company will stick with Windows 10 for some time to come. You shouldn’t panic though, as Windows isn’t dying. Instead, it looks like Microsoft will somewhat copy a page from Apple’s OS X playbook.

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The Mac operating system has been known as OS X for more than 15 years, even though each release received a special name. Each update delivered major new features, but Apple didn’t change the main name of the OS.

Now, The Verge reports, Microsoft is considering sticking with the Windows 10 brand name for the foreseeable future, though the company will continue to issue constant updates for the operating system to improve it along the way.

“Right now we’re releasing Windows 10, and because Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, we’re all still working on Windows 10.” Microsoft employee Jerry Nixon said at the Ignite conference, explaining that Microsoft doesn’t have a secret update in the works like before. When releasing Windows 8.1 last year, Microsoft was already working on Windows 10 in the background, but that’s not the case anymore.

The future, the online publication notes, is “Windows as a service,” although Microsoft is yet to clearly explain it.

“Recent comments at Ignite about Windows 10 are reflective of the way Windows will be delivered as a service bringing new innovations and updates in an ongoing manner, with continuous value for our consumer and business customers,” a spokesperson told The Verge . “We aren’t speaking to future branding at this time, but customers can be confident Windows 10 will remain up-to-date and power a variety of devices from PCs to phones to Surface Hub to HoloLens and Xbox. We look forward to a long future of Windows innovations.”

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.