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February 26, 2020

Future of Windows 10 – A few predictions

This time, I have nothing truly important to relate. You might say, in fact, that I’m posting this material just for posterity. I want to write down what I see in the future of Windows 10, and share a few things that I am quite sure will happen. I know that many advanced users and experts share my thoughts, but that many also disagree (perhaps even quite a few).

Windows 10

The digits will be dropped when extended support for Windows 8.1 ends in January, 2023. Then, Windows 10 will be the only supported consumer version of Windows. After that, there’s simply no reason to call it anything other than plain Windows.

My prediction: version 23H1, or latest one after that, version 24H1, will be just Windows. Not Windows 10.

Free upgrade

As with the OS name, the free upgrade offer will remain available until the end of extended support for Windows 8.1 ends in January, 2023.

My prediction: Windows users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free until sometime in 2023.

Windows Phone on Phone will be back

Windows 10 already works on ARM devices, and the S Mode on Snapdragon devices. Thus, I am relatively sure that it won’t be too long before we can run a fully functioning “Windows Mobile” operating system on any ported Android device. What we know about Windows 10X today (see Ed’s story) also supports this.

My prediction: In a few years, I will get my beloved Windows Mobile OS back, in one way or another.

That’s it, geeks. You are free to laugh now!



Author: Kari Finn

A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.

One Response “Future of Windows 10 – A few predictions”

  1. CountMike
    December 4, 2019 at 13:19

    Dropping the number could cause much confusion, many people don’t even know which OS they are running let alone the version. Maybe in generation or so when old HW all but disappears.

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