It’s July and Windows 10 is slated to be released by the end of this month. With July 29 fast approaching, the date of official release of Microsoft Windows 10, the technology world is full of buzz on the latest news from Microsoft and the latest in the line is the official statement from Microsoft that the company will provide free updates for the latest version of the Windows for the next 2 to 4 years.
The information was posted on the investors’ website of the company on June 26 and gave information of the various aspects of Windows 10 including the company’s plans for deferred revenues. The revenue that Microsoft shall earn from Windows 10 will be deferred over a period of 2 to 4 years in a straight line method. It means that instead of releasing the revenue at the time of the sale, it will be considered to be released over the next 2 to 4 years.
The exact time-frame for which the users will get the updates is still not exactly specified, but the company for the first time has specified the time line for the updates and has kept it between 2 and 4 years.
The exact time line for the update is expected to be based on the type of the users. For personal users the updates might be for a shorter duration than those for the business users. The company in January introduced the phrase ‘supported lifetime of the device’ and the updates shall be based on the duration for which the company is willing to support the device.
In May, the company stated that the supported lifetime will be based on the form factor of the device, however the June announcement puts it as the type of the customer based on the segregation as personal or business users.
The updates will make new features and functions available to the users and also make changes to the User Interface (UI). The release of Windows 10 will mark a significant change in the manner in which Microsoft has been releasing its various versions of Windows over the past 2 decades. From a version based approach, the company now plans to make Windows available as a Service with the latest version of Windows. It means that going forward, users will not have to install new versions of Windows but would rather get periodic updates for their Windows 10; which at the moment, as specified by Microsoft will be between a couple of years to 4 years.