"Right now we’re releasing Windows 10, and because Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, we’re all still working on Windows 10." That was the message from Microsoft employee Jerry Nixon, a developer evangelist speaking at the company's Ignite conference this week. Nixon was explaining how Microsoft was launching Windows 8.1 last year, but in the background it was developing Windows 10. Now, Microsoft employees can talk freely about future updates to Windows 10 because there's no secret update in the works coming next. It's all just Windows 10.
With roughly 50 million lines of code, Windows is bound to have some bugs, and some of those bugs are bound to affect security. When flaws are found, Microsoft issues patches as fast as possible, but those patches do no good if you fail to apply them. Even if you're diligent, Patch Tuesday comes just once a month, so a vulnerability discovered the day after Patch Tuesday won't be patched until the next Patch Tuesday rolls around.
Last week, during Microsoft's third quarter fiscal 2015 earnings, company execs said Microsoft had hit an annual run rate of $6.3 billion for its commercial cloud.
This week at the company's annual Financial Analyst Meeting (FAM), CEO Satya Nadella said Microsoft's goal is to hit a $20 billion run rate for its commercial cloud by 2018.
Microsoft launched today a shiny new code editor for Windows, OS X, and Linux: Visual Studio Code. It's a smart looking text editor with IntelliSense support, git integration, and a few other bits and pieces that developers will enjoy.
What Microsoft didn't say when announcing the new editor was how it built Visual Studio Code. In a move that might seem a little surprising, given the regular animosity between the two companies, the editor is built on top of Chromium, the open source version of Google's Chrome browser.
In the conference call AMD hosted last week to discuss its first quarter results, CEO Lisa Su let slip with a piece of information that wasn't immediately caught: she said that Windows 10 would be released in late July.
Microsoft has previously said only that the operating system would be released in summer, giving it until September 23, the autumnal equinox, to launch the operating system. AMD's statement, which naturally Microsoft has not corroborated, is rather more specific.