Updating wii opera software

26-Sep-2016 15:59

Google has sectioned off many of the apps that were once built-in parts of the OS, letting it roll out improvements to Google Play without triggering the need for wireless carriers' approval.It sounds like Microsoft plans to do the same, in its case just so it can tweak things like the Start Menu without bothering other parts of the UI.In the age of widespread broadband, there's no reason to act like you're still selling boxed software; you can always be updating.The new philosophy has been described by many as "Windows as a service" (WAAS), like Office 365.After all, Windows has been updating on demand for decades now, often just when you don't want Excel to quit.But up until now, incremental Windows updates have been mostly about security and support; major feature and UI upgrades have sold as boxed software (or virtually boxed software).That probably couldn't be done with an over-the-air update. The mobile market is faster growing and less mature than the PC world, and it's had a much faster cadence of operating system updates than Windows.Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley has said there are already three major updates in the works, with one coming about every six months. Although this may be Microsoft's last version of Windows, it probably won't be Microsoft's last big OS transition.

I can see the panic in your eyes right now, because you don't want to have to pay a monthly subscription for your operating system.

That isn't the only financial model for "as a service" OSes, though; both i OS and Android improve through frequent, stepwise, continual updates without charging monthly fees.

Windows 10 will be the last version of Windows, Microsoft says.

That's a great idea, and like many of Satya Nadella's ideas, it probably should have been implemented four years ago.

And Microsoft says it will offer upgrades for free for the "life of your device," whatever that means.The change to WAAS is more of a philosophical than a practical shift.