Is Eleven Cursed?
Do you have a fear of 11?
Does going over 10 fill you with dread?
You’re not alone - this fear is common amongst some of the biggest technology companies in the world…
Apple released their tenth iteration of MacOS in 2001 as MacOS X and since this milestone they have released 12 major incremental updates without moving on to XI. The same idea appears to have struck Microsoft with the release of Windows 10 (skipping 9 probably to distance itself from the disaster that was 8). Along with the release came word that this would be the last version of Windows and instead periodic updates would be issued rather than Windows 11.
We appear to be in the middle of a sea change in the way software and operating systems in particular are released. No more are the popular operating systems released as a completely new version every couple of years, instead we are now getting regular, incremental updates to constantly improve the existing product.
In the mobile space, Windows Mobile has been replaced with Windows 10 and iOS has just reached the same milestone. As iOS is only used on a handful of platforms, the law of diminishing returns seems to be at play here where the user has to look harder to spot the changes in each new version. Will Apple therefore produce an iOS 11? As Apple tend to release new versions of iOS with each new device, they may well but have they set a precedent with their recent naming conventions? Although macOS is still on version 10, they’ve dropped the ‘X’ from the name and their OS for Apple Watch is watchOS, therefore is it possibly time for phoneOS and a hidden version number? Google of course has a bit of catching up to do – Android is currently at version 7 – although with Google’s update schedule of a major release every six to nine months, they will be at 10 in no time.
What does all this mean? Well to developers like BioMedical, platform stability is a good thing – having to test our software on many different versions of the OS it is compiled for is a time consuming task. As a Microsoft Gold partner we have access to every version of Windows since 3.1 but that doesn’t mean we want to spend months testing on all of them! As operating systems reach maturity where the kernels and filesystems do not change significantly and only new features and security updates are added, application/OS compatibility should be a much reduced problem. As to the question of mobile operating systems, these may well get to a similar position but the hardware technology is still changing too rapidly for the OS to stand still right now so it looks like testing our apps on a whole pile of different phones and tablets is going to continue for a while yet!
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