The Future is Windows 10

In May of last year I wrote about how the PC wasn’t dying, as people were claiming, but rather that the forms of our computing devices are simply changing. I also talked about how one day we’ll all have just one computer, say a smartphone, that will power every computing use case we’ll demand. Well, today Microsoft announced that they also believe this is the future and they are paving the way with Windows 10. Absolutely brilliant!

Windows 10 in a very small nutshell is going to have a unified operating kernel that will work on all devices, from smartphones to tablets to laptops to desktops, from the smallest of screens to the largest of screens. The OS will detect the type of device it is running on and at the very least will modify the user interface to best take advantage of the form factor of the device. But perhaps it will also modify its own installation, so as not to install things that can’t be used by the device, but I’m not sure about this last part.

I’d like to say that I influenced Microsoft’s direction, but that’s incredibly naïve, as unifying Windows is a massive undertaking that has been in the works for years by thousands of people. It started with Windows 8, the Surface products, and Xbox One. And we’re seeing the next step with Windows 10. The possibilities are endless and I’m looking forward to seeing where this is going to take the computing world.