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Windows 11 shows Windows 10 should’ve never been the ‘last version’

todayJuly 2, 2021 8

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The announcement of Windows 11 was one of Microsoft‘s biggest surprises in years. Not because it’s unusual for a company to update its OS, but because this specific company promised Windows 10 would be the “last version of Windows.”

The idea was to deliver ‘Windows as a service,’ after all. Instead of major, paid OS updates every few years, we got a variety of free, bite-sized updates every few months. Windows 10 was supposed to be in a state of constant improvement. So even after Microsoft announced it would reveal ‘the next generation of Windows,’ I didn’t expect the company to actually call it Windows “11.”

But I should have known Windows 10 was on its way out. Even though Windows 11 isn’t the most revolutionary update, it was destined to happen. And that’s a good thing: updating Windows 10 ad infinitum was getting so boring.

Frequent feature updates to Windows 10 initially sounded like a good thing, but in retrospect, I found it to be one of the most annoying things about the OS. After a few feature updates, early in Windows 10’s life, Microsoft committed to releasing a major feature update every 6 months. These eventually arrived with fun, creative names like the ‘Windows 10 May 2021 Update.’

It was confusing for your average consumer, and positively soporific for enthusiasts.

Windows 10 was constantly evolving, but in doing so it sometimes left everyday consumers behind. Microsoft would announce significant feature updates with little fanfare outside of enthusiast circles, and by the time they’d rolled out to most users, the next build would be around the corner.

In my experience, many Windows 10 users were not even aware of when the OS had just installed a big feature update. On one hand, this meant people could get frustrated when they encountered changes they didn’t expect (not to mention the occasional screwups on Microsoft’s end). On the other, it meant many folks weren’t aware of the useful new features their PCs were getting twice a year.

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