With WIN10, Microsoft changed the Windows product model to become a “forever O/S” as shared below.  IOW – we will likely not see a Windows 11 in the future.  Instead, new innovation will be placed in the semi-annual releases, rather than need to physically purchase & upgrade to a new O/S.  There are still a huge # of WIN7 PCs that must be migrated to WIN10 in one year (as 01/11/2020 will be last security update offered)


What may be most important about this latest desktop share milestone, though, is that it could be the last shift of this type. Windows OS migrations have been a staple project in the IT industry for decades — Windows 95 to Windows 98, Windows 98 to Windows 2000, Windows 98 to Windows XP, and on and on and on. The project has come up like clockwork every three or four years. Windows 10 was famously called “the last version of Windows” by Microsoft developer evangelist Jerry Nixon. A better way to think of it may be as the “forever version of Windows.”

A relic, thankfully, is the industry-wide, all-hands-on-deck situations of the old Windows update cycle with ISVs and OEMs all creating new versions of their PCs, applications and drivers, and partners and IT departments testing them all out at once and trying to get them fixed in the first service pack. Another upside could be a more secure Internet, where aging security flaws can’t continuously be exploited because connected consumer machines are automatically updated for free, reducing everyone’s risk.

For the 39.22 percent or so of users at home and in organizations who have migrated to the forever OS, congratulations. All of that migration drama is behind you. If you’re in the process of a migration project or planning one, take heart — this should be the last of its kind.