Supporting multiple hardware platforms gives Microsoft an obivious advantage but also brings us users some excellent benefits. Imagine being able to pick up a device and have the same user interface and smarts at your disposal.
The image below shows a view of Windows 10 running on a Smart Phone next to a Laptop/Desktop PC.
Microsoft were quick to point out these benefits but also wanted to under pin them with some over arching principles:
- Mobility of Experience
- Natural Interaction (Voice; Pen; Gesture)
The term “Windows as a Service” was I feel at the heart of Microsoft’s vision, and me being rather cynical beleive that this is absolutly the driving force behind a lot of the core developments in Windows 10. Microsoft have been shifting from the traditional licensing models in preference of more Pay-As-You-Go or pay for what you consume models.
Microsoft has been moving more and more service offerings into the Cloud and allowing users and Businesses alike access to these through subscriptions. A key player for Windows 10 will be it’s OneDrive Cloud Storage Service which will store a user’s “profile” in the Cloud to allow all the Windows 10 supported devices to store and retrieve your user settings as you roam from device to device.
As a society we are seeing more and more now, applications that are free at point of purchase but contain IAPs (in App purchases) that allow you to build on and enhance features. Not surprising then that Windows 10 will be free to upgrade to in the first year. If you currently have windows 8.1 or Windows 7. I suspect this will be the platform upon which “Windows as a Service” will be founded.