There are times during the technology when decisions seem to be obvious. iOS was based on then OS X. Similar technology below, touch the interface at the top; because, you know, a touch unit.
Some people think Windows 10 S is the future of the PC; both desktop and notebook, as well as hybrid tablet-cum notebooks. In some ways, Windows 10 S is a crumpled Windows. So again, isn't iOS something of a crumpled OS X or macOS? No one can do what their predecessors can do now. How is the future?
Crippled? Or controlled?
Ed Bott believes we can focus too much on what Windows 10 can't do vs. what it can do for the market. As with iOS, Windows 1
Is this limitation good? Or is it bad?
I'm not sure what Microsoft's playoffs are with a crippled version of Windows, but the built-in limitations on app selection will help eliminate much of malicious software that haunts Microsoft. It also means that Microsoft is throwing more of its older past, which in turn means a safer platform and faster performance.
In other words, Microsoft, with Windows 10, moves in the direction of Apple's IOS; a curated platform that releases battery power, plays well on smaller, lightweight battery powered devices, and helps protect the large, unwashed masses of Windows users who do not know to avoid downloading malicious malware. Finally, they get more security and privacy and better performance than the full Windows 10 user. And if they think they know better, these Windows 10 customers can upgrade to complete Windows 10. For a price.
This change from antique platform to trimmed down, slimmed down, faster and safer Windows 10s won't happen overnight, but there are benefits to millions of customers who need someone to protect them from themselves.
You know, like Apple does with iOS.
Future Apple OS
Apple chose a different path than Microsoft with iOS. It's a cured environment, made for battery powered devices, a fenced-in garden for applications, and a safer place for 800 million or so customers to play with apps that are worthy of certification. To a lesser extent, Mac users have a similar place to play with MacOS Sierra and Mac App Store. These apps are also curated and safer than the general rifle found elsewhere. But Apple does not confuse MacOS Sierra or prohibit customers from choosing what they want to run on their Macs.
Today. Tomorrow it can change.
It would be a trivial effort for Apple to ban Mac users from installing applications from anywhere other than the Mac App Store. Adobe's Creative Cloud and Microsoft Office can find a gateway, but at a price. It can happen. I don't think it will, because an advantage that MacOS has over Windows is that it easily runs Windows and Linux and Unix variants and all at the same time if you want. But Apple could lock MacOS as easily as it does iOS and as easily as Microsoft does with Windows 10.
To be fair, Microsoft probably doesn't have much choice but to drop Windows RT as an iOS cousin and double down on Windows 10 as the operating system of choice for desktops, laptops and tablets. Windows 10 is not iOS, though. What Apple Can Do to Improve Customer Privacy and Security for its Customers is to introduce MacOS Lite, pre-installed on Mac Mac, MacBook Air, MacBook, MacBook 21.5-inch Macintosh, and ensuring that only Mac App Store apps run on these devices but make the upgrade to a full MacOS a little more than a click.
I don't think we will see macOS and iOS merger, but the ability continues to move in that direction. Likewise, we probably never see Windows becoming a full touch device like iOS. However, the only way to create a truly secure platform is through complete cure. We see it with iOS. We see it with Windows 10 S.