2 years ago today, Microsoft officially released the first ever version of Windows 10 to the public. The original version of Windows 10 is no longer supported, but Microsoft has been improving significantly over the past 24 months with lots of updates and improvements to the OS. Following the official release, Microsoft released a total of 3 feature updates for Windows 10: the November Update (November 2015), the Anniversary Update (July 2016), and the Creators Update (April 2017). Redmond is set to release the 4th feature update for Windows 10, dubbed the Fall Creators Update, later this year — sometime around September/October.
All of these updates were quite substantial in some way. The Anniversary Update, for example, introduced a new inking system and the Windows Subsystem for Linux. With the Creators Update, Microsoft introduced a modern Paint app, Windows Mixed Reality, and more. And with the upcoming Fall Creators Update, Microsoft is set to introduce a whole set of major new features, including things like an entirely new design language, My People, OneDrive Files On-Demand, and more.
And, oh, Microsoft also launched a new version of Windows 10 for budget devices, dubbed Windows 10 S, that only runs apps from the Windows Store.
I personally think Windows 10’s been a long and crazy journey for Microsoft. Looking back at the original version of Windows 10, it’s frankly pretty amazing how the OS has evolved over the past 24 months. While Microsoft did get itself into a lot of trouble regarding privacy concerns and buggy updates, the company has managed to address most of the initial concerns already. Redmond did miss its target of getting Windows 10 running on more than a billion devices within the 2 years of its launch but that doesn’t really matter anymore. With Windows 10’s adoption increasing in the enterprise world, it’s only a matter of time until it becomes the most popular desktop OS in the world.
So what do you think of Windows 10’s progress? Discuss below.