Microsoft’s once-vaunted Windows-as-a-Service (WaaS) is in tatters. Windows 11’s introduction last month — and more importantly its proposed servicing and maintenance scheme — did that.
The fact that Microsoft bent to the seemingly inevitable should be credited, even if the company took years to reach a cadence that many customers had pleaded for almost immediately. But the failure of the Windows-as-a-service model likely also has a downside, chief among them the tainting of that strategy — perhaps to the point where it’s no longer an option through the foreseeable future.
Pluses and minuses, then, as usual. But which is which?
Just a reminder about WaaS
Microsoft had big plans for Windows 10. Enormous plans. The operating system would not be the next upgrade from Windows 7 but would be the final version for the rest of time. Rather than replace Windows 7 with another edition that would eventually age out of support and be supplanted in turn by Windows 10+x, Windows 10 would be constantly refreshed, with new features and functionality added to major updates released first three, then two times a year.