Windows 10 Version Updates and a Poll
Another version update and another major problem. Windows 10 October 2018 Update (Version 1809) was released October 2, 2018 and then was pulled on October 5 when Microsoft discovered during the update some user’s personal files were deleted. Once Microsoft verified this, they yanked the update — and as of today (October 10) the upgrade is still not available.
How many botched version updates will it take before Microsoft takes whatever steps necessary so Windows 10 users don’t have to hold their collective breaths whenever a Windows 10 version update rolls around. It’s seems inconceivable to us that Microsoft,with all its reasources and reach, can’t seem to get it right. And why do we need two version updates a year? What’s wrong with one update a year – an update that isn’t released until it’s done right.
We’re not bashing Microsoft. They’ve done some great things, not the least of which is put the personal computer within the reach of almost everyone. There are over a billion Windows users. And while Windows is no longer the most popular operating system in the world (Android is) it’s still the number one operating system for personal computers.
But just because Microsoft has done some great things, does not meant they don’t need to improve. In the last year we’ve all seen that they have a lot of work to do. We’ve seen two botched version updates this year. The April 2018 Update which was delayed almost a whole month after it was found to be flawed. In fact, Microsoft delayed it so long that the April 2018 Update almost became the May 2018 update.
And last week, Microsoft, rushed out the Windows 10 October 2018 update, only to discover that a substantial number of early adopters had their personal files zapped by the updat. Microsoft quickly pulled the update, but pulling the update didn’t help those who were affected.
What we’ve learned from the last two Windows 10 update debacles is this. We are going to take a cautious approach to Windows 10 version updates from now on. We’re going to recommend that Windows 10 users wait for a month or so after a version update before allowing the update to install or installing it using the Windows 10 Upgrade assistant.
This is happening far too often; this kind of thing should be the rare exception and not be the expected. It’s not good for Windows 10 users and its certainly not good for Microsoft.
Of course, we know that nothing we say here will sway the powers that be at Microsoft, but we think releasing one, good Windows 10 version update would be in everyone’s best interest – including Microsoft’s. One version update per year would give Microsoft extra time to test new features and to make sure the update that is released to the public isn’t going to brick people’s computers or erase their data.
Windows 10 users should not continually have to worry that every time a new version of Windows 10 is released it’s going to erase data, brick their computer or cause a myriad of problems.
At one time Microsoft released a new version of Windows about every 2 to 4 years (Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows XP, etc.). Now they’re releasing new versions of Windows 10 twice each year. Maybe it’s time Microsoft slowed down the pace of new releases and focus on releasing one exceptionally good updated version each year.
That’s our take on things, but…