By Microsoft’s own admission, Windows 10 is like no other operating system it has ever created. It exists across multiple platforms from desktops to tablets to Windows phones; as do the apps designed for the new OS. It’s self-updating and self-healing in ways mostly invisible to users. That has lead Microsoft to coin a new term when describing Windows 10: Windows as a service. In fact, Microsoft says Windows 10 is the last OS it will ever create. That doesn’t mean Microsoft is leaving the OS market. Instead the company plans to release significant upgrades and patches to Windows 10 in such a way that everyone from enterprise IT administrators to home users will no longer need to go through the process of rolling out a new OS. Windows 10 will simply evolve and change over time, possibly significantly, without end users having to do anything.
MICROSOFT SAYS WINDOWS 10 IS THE LAST OS IT WILL EVER CREATE. BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN IT IS LEAVING THE OS MARKET.
Windows 10 is a platform upon which any computers and devices within the enterprise can standardize. Its new features will help to make Windows 10 a true game-changer. For example, having security updates quietly added to all Windows 10 machines without engaging users in lengthy install process choices means that the OS should be able to maintain a high level of security. This is especially true because Windows 10 will be supported by the new Microsoft Cyber Defense Operations Center (CDOC), which the company is spending millions to build. The CDOC will be constantly monitored by the company and will help Microsoft protect, defend and respond to current and emerging cybersecurity threats leveled against the new OS.
Behind the curtain, the CDOC supports Windows 10 and other Microsoft products. It employs a combination of publicly-available Microsoft technologies, third-party programs and internally-built custom applications and tools designed by the Microsoft research, engineering, and security teams. It is specifically set up to monitor the hyper-scale infrastructure of more than one million servers hosted in more than 100 datacenters around the globe. Businesses and private users simply need to install Windows 10 to begin receiving the benefits and protection of the new Cyber Defense Operations Center.