Looks like they’re switching to a support model with frequent updated releases for each Windows version (like a service pack) but each version will only be supported for the short time of about 18 months. Presumably all the feature changes and bug fixes will be packed into a release leaving the support period to deal exclusively with security patches. That would eliminate the current confusion over mainstream-support vs extended-support (which has led certain people to claim Windows 7 is unsupported). I wonder if they will have LTS releases as I can’t imagine businesses would be happy about having to upgrade so frequently.
18 months supported release cycle reminds me of Fedora.
I agree, a lot of enterprises really want LTS-esque products, even the product of an OS. Heck, when I parted ways with Sitel in 2010, they still had one supposedly critical (for one client) fax server running NT4. It was a question of what an updated fax server would have cost versus revenue generated by its operation, and it didn’t seem to make economic sense to spend the dollars. Plus much of the operation was XP desktops and Server 2003 despite Win Vista and Win 7 availablility, and the knowledge that the move away from XP was inevitable.