Microsoft’s latest operating system, codenamed Windows 10, is on its way to a release later this year in or around September 2015, just in time to begin catching sales for the Christmas period. While the OS isn’t yet finished, and as of this writing is still in a technical preview state, it is further along than its ever been, giving Microsoft’s engineers some time to outline their plans for the future now that the basics are pretty much done. According to a NeoWin report, their sources indicate that Microsoft will be planning two major updates to Windows 10 in 2016, codenamed “Redstone.”
Windows 10 is currently in a bug fix mode, and its expected that most new features will only ship in the first Redstone update, which will be seeded to Windows Insiders long before it reaches the public in a stable format. It seems that Microsoft is now more comfortable with making Windows 10 a rolling release, as the success of the Insider Program has led to a lot of things being ironed out and a lot of glitches and bugs identified long before a public release.
According to NeoWin, the first Redstone update will be targeting just about every platform running Windows 10 and will bring support for some of the latest and greatest tech like the HoloLens, Microsoft’s augmented reality thingy-ma-bob that looks really cool. Redstone will also target Microsoft’s Server editions of Windows 10, adding in more headache for system administrators who need to keep an eye on these changes and advancements.
Privately, I do wonder if this rolling release idea is actually going to work this time around. Steve Ballmer promised the same thing for Windows 8.0 and we barely got two updates/service pack equivalents before they started working on Windows 10 instead. If the pace is too slow, it will seem like Microsoft isn’t really doing anything. If the pace is too fast, too many devices will be left behind, with manufacturers struggling to keep up with the new ways of doing things. I hope that the Windows team finds a good balance between the two.