I called Windows 11 a pointless upgrade. My reasoning is that it comes with compatibility issues and doesn’t really add anything to Windows 10. Sure, it includes better security. Spoiler alert, though, most of those improvements are already in version 20H2 (Windows 10 October 2020 Update). You just have to turn them on.
So, what is the point of Windows 11? I think it will slowly get you used to the idea of Windows as a Service (WaaS).
Microsoft has switch users to this Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) model for many years now. Today, you can sign up for the easy-to-use Windows 365 Cloud PC. Or, if you want more control and features, have Windows 365 Enterprise or Azure Virtual Desktop. But all of this is more of a business than a consumer game. And, while Microsoft loves its business customers, it still loves its home sales. (Of course, the distinction between home and work is more blurred than ever thanks to the growing work-from-home movement.)
With all this in mind, when I look at Windows 11’s recent changes, I see clear signs that Windows 11 is the Trojan horse that brings WaaS to everyone – whether you like it or not.
First, Microsoft has sneaked a Microsoft subscription manager into the Windows 11 February 2022 update. Check it out: check out the Windows 11 Settings > Accounts menu and you’ll find a new “Accounts” section Your Microsoft”. There, you’ll find the status of your Microsoft 365 subscription, how full your OneDrive cloud storage is, and other details.
Believe me, it says, signing up for our cloud services is a normal part of Windows. Relax, accept that Windows is part of the cloud-based Desktop as a Service (DaaS) world now.
Wait? Didn’t Microsoft say that they would only add features to Windows 11 once a year? Ahem, yes it did. But, Microsoft succeeded. Windows 11 will receive the Feature, Web, and Online Services Experience Pack whenever Microsoft wants to update them. Can you hear the wailing in the distance? It is the Windows 11 developers who are worried about the paradoxes that hidden features will bring with them.
That aside, yes one Subscriptions are missing from this new feature – remember what I just said about mischief? – and that’s Xbox Game Pass. It looks like Microsoft has thought of business first with this update and fun with your Xbox games second.
Then a few weeks later, Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22567 for Dev Channel has arrived. And what should we look for in there? Why is Windows 11 now asking for your credit card information from within Windows. Of course, Microsoft has long been asking for your credit card information for transactions through the Your Microsoft Account website. So what’s the big deal?
Well, it makes Windows an easier thing to use for purchases. What I think is important is that, combined with the subscription feature, this makes it easier not only to pay for Microsoft 365, but easier to pay for Windows itself. Windows will not be a purchase again. It will forever be a subscription service with just one foot in your PC and the other more firmly than ever in the cloud.
While I like the DaaS model in its place, I also like my operating system under my control and mostly on my PC. So I will continue to use Linux desktop as my main OS. For everyone else, I hope you’re okay trusting Microsoft for all of your computing work, because now more than ever, it’s Microsoft, not you, who will make the efforts. .
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