Microsoft must refocus on the fundamentals of Windows 10, not just the new features


                    

Windows as a service, as it currently exists, does not work. Microsoft's plan to release feature updates for Windows 10 twice a year, as Microsoft has been doing since 2015, is not seen as an added benefit for many customers. After the debacle surrounding the Windows update October 10, 1809, the perception that Microsoft has lost control of its Windows 10 update strategy is even more obvious. The 1809 industrial accident justifies a challenge Little reminder of the facts about the 1809 version: Microsoft has begun to broadcast it on October 2nd. Some of the first users saw their photos, files, favorites, and other data erased after the new items were installed. Microsoft has interrupted 1809 and is testing it again with the Insiders before starting to deploy it again to all customers. I see no sign that Microsoft is ready to give up, in the foreseeable future, its plans to broadcast two yearly functional updates of Windows 10. The company recently made a move towards its Enterprise and Education customers, allowing them to install a single feature update every two years. But Windows 10 Home and Pro customers are not enjoying this respite. My ZDNet colleague, Ed Bott, suggested that Microsoft allow Windows 10 Home users to choose between applying both Windows 10 feature updates every year. or to postpone and apply only one per year. I think Microsoft needs to go further: it's time for the publisher to release at least one or more Windows 10 updates that focus exclusively on reliability / the fundamentals, not the features. Go back to the basics and determine what does not work before going head down on the way 'we have hundreds of new features.' Identify how to best test OneDrive and Windows 10 together. Collaborate with OEMs to determine how, if necessary, publish updated drivers simultaneously with new feature updates. I'm sure no one at Microsoft wants this. Who wants to admit that a key initiative of a company does not work? It is easier to continue to say that a "small subset" of customers are experiencing this problem, so all is well, rather than admitting that this approach is not viable. of a "hundredth of one percent" of customers facing a particular problem, the optics on the quality and reliability of Windows 10 is not good. New features twice a year, is it necessary? I'm really surprised that anyone (except journalists who need to test products) is "knowingly" looking for a new version of Windows 10 as soon as it's released. (I'm sure a number of users do this unconsciously by looking for updates once a new update is available.) Even after deploying the first two, three, or four cumulative updates for a new version, I'm still suspicious about installing them on my PC. I know these versions have been tested internally at Microsoft and externally through the Insider program, but they inevitably cause compatibility issues and other bugs among users. And I just do not have the time, or in many cases the knowledge, to fix what's broken. Speaking of testing, it's common knowledge that Microsoft fired a lot of its Windows testers in 2014, putting in place new unit testing procedures. I do not think Microsoft will reverse this course and bring testing back as a separate discipline. But the publisher could improve its testing procedures and support infrastructure as part of a return to fundamentals. In order to focus on reliability at this point, Microsoft should commit to making the 19H1 version or the next in September 2019 a reliability update. Not a Creators Update or Anniversary Update. A boring but extremely useful reliability update. And if the result is there, maybe Microsoft would add a regular reliability update to its Windows 10 maintenance strategy, both of them years or even once a year. (Do you remember the old "major / minor" publication rate at the time of Windows 7. Maybe it's time to come back to that.) Earlier this year, Microsoft integrated Windows engineering into Azure Division, led by Executive Vice President Jason Zander. Meanwhile, the other half of the Windows team, more focused on "experiments", has been entrusted to Executive Vice President Rajesh Jha. There are new Windows sheriffs in town who seem to care a lot about reliability and fundamentals. This could be the perfect time to revisit the order of priorities.Article "Microsoft needs to refocus on Windows 10 fundamentals, not just new features" translated and adapted by Christophe Auffray, ZDNet.fr

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