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OPLIN 4Cast #759: Microsoft said “No more Windows.” Wrong.

Posted in 4cast, and Windows

It’s no secret that most public libraries use Microsoft Windows for the vast majority of both staff and patron computing. In 2015, just as the company was preparing to release Windows 10, it announced that 10 would be the last version of Windows. For the past six years, we’ve been left to wonder what the next big Microsoft OS would be. As it turns out, it’s…Windows 11?

  • Windows 10 was supposed to be the last version of the operating system — here’s why Microsoft might have changed its mind [CNBC] “Six years after the remarks, the world’s second-most valuable public company has good reason to change direction. While Microsoft has diversified its business in the past three decades, Windows definitely still matters to the company’s identity and its finances. The corporate logo is still a window.”
  • Microsoft ending support for Windows 10 in October 2025 [Fortune] “CEO Satya Nadella, in a keynote speech at last month’s Microsoft Build 2021 conference, noted, “Soon we will share one of the most significant updates to Windows of the past decade to unlock greater economic opportunity for developers and creators.””
  • What Is a ‘TPM’ and Why Do You Need One to Run Windows 11? [Lifehacker] “Windows 11 was officially unveiled this week, and many eager users are checking to see if their PCs can run the upcoming OS with Microsoft’s Windows Health Check app. However, some are surprised to learn that their PCs aren’t “Windows 11 ready,” despite having new, high-end hardware.”
  • Can My PC Run Windows 11? [PC Mag] “But the system requirements for the new OS aren’t exactly straightforward. Microsoft made things more confusing with a problematic compatibility checker tool, which the company withdrew just a few days after its release.”

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