Two new versions of Windows 10 a year is too much


                    

Microsoft's bi-annual calendar for Windows 10 feature updates is extremely ambitious. According to past standards, in fact, it's frankly daring. Since the beginning of 2017, the publisher has committed to provide two full updates of its features to Windows 10 each year, one in the spring and the other in the fall. This pace of development and release, with a full Windows every six months, is it too fast? More importantly, is it reasonable to ask Windows customers to keep up with this fast pace? After following the journey of Windows 10 in the real world for more than three years, I am convinced that the current incarnation of "Windows-as -a-service "is untenable and must change. Forced Market for Windows 10 Home users I was pleasantly surprised by the overall quality of each biannual release. Most of the unavoidable problems with each update have been resolved in the first two months, which is incredible compared to the history and a tribute to the engineering processes implemented by Microsoft for development Windows 10.The mandatory monthly updates can be annoying, but since these are compatibility and reliability fixes, it's easy to justify their installation. They install fairly quickly and security updates are not likely to ruin a stable Windows PC. Feature updates are another story. As these are full Windows upgrades, their installation takes a lot longer, especially on well-worn economics. More importantly, each of these updates potentially introduces a new set of compatibility and reliability issues. For people trying to work with a Windows 10 computer, every feature update is an unwanted disruption. If you spend two, three, or four months a year troubleshooting problems booting a new operating system version, you're probably not a satisfied customer. Ironically, the PC owner population running Windows 10 Home is on the front line for each new version and is more likely to encounter issues that need to be resolved with one or more cumulative updates. This group is probably the least equipped to solve technical problems and the least likely to benefit from a professional computer help. And yet, as management tools to defer updates are only available on Windows 10 Pro editions and Enterprise, they have no choice but to install each update as it is released. Growing discontent among IT pros Among IT professionals, this cycle of endless day is like multiplying the difficulties by the number of positions in the organization. For at least a year, I've heard loud protests from the IT professional community and other Windows support professionals about the number, pace, and especially the quality of the bids. (See, for example, Susan Bradley's open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella earlier this summer, complaining about the company's "sloppy upgrade".) This argument was significantly strengthened last weekend after the company took the unprecedented step of stopping the deployment of the Windows 10 October 2018 update and extracting the installation files from its servers, just days after its publication.This is extremely unwelcome welcome from Microsoft raises the question of whether the company is moving too fast and with too much trouble in the process.The schedule of two updates per year of Windows 10 is certa significantly faster than any of Microsoft's competitors in the operating system domain. For traditional operating systems, everyone has roughly standardized their annual releases. In 2012, Apple moved from a two-year calendar to its current annual release cycle for OS X (now MacOS). For six consecutive years, Mac users have received a new version of MacOS in September or October. The optional April update for all Of the mobile operating systems, iOS and Android both have a release cycle annual since 2011. Apple is set as a clock and releases new iOS updates every mid-September; the Android calendar is slightly smoother, but the last three versions were released in August and it is reasonable to expect this cycle to continue. Ubuntu Linux offers a release cycle very similar to that of Windows 10 , with two versions per year, in spring and autumn. It is important to note that most of these versions are intermediate versions (shown in gray in the timeline below) and are only supported until the next intermediate release is released. The long-term support versions (shown in orange in the support timeline) are published every two years. Microsoft is trying to move in this direction with a recently announced change in support lifecycles: "For versions with Microsoft is currently working on separating the support lifecycles for its biannual releases. The March update support cycle will last 18 months for all editions, while the September release cycle will benefit from the longer 30-month support cycle for Enterprise and Education. (All Windows 10 Pro installations will be supported for 18 months and Windows 10 Home does not have the option to postpone updates.) "It's a good start, but it still requires disproportionate attention in terms of administration to avoid accidentally installing one of the biannual updates. And for Windows 10 Home users, there is no option for managing updates. Every six months, whether you like it or not, you'll need to install an update. An easy solution that comes to mind is to make optional April Feature Updates available on all editions Windows 10. Offer the April update to each eligible terminal (except for those whose updates are deferred via management tools), but give a simple binary choice: Yes, install the update. day now; or not, I'll wait until October. A Pro license should allow you to skip an October update. This simple change would effectively turn Windows 10 April updates into intermediate versions, suitable for public use, but not required, with a transition from Windows to Windows. a more traditional annual calendar built around the October versions. The Windows-as-a-service experience is characterized by the fact that it allows Microsoft to quickly account for customer feedback from its product. It's time to listen to these customers and slow down the upgrade cycle at a more reasonable pace.Article "Two Windows 10 feature updates a year is too many" translated and adapted by Christophe Auffray, ZDNet.fr

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