Here’s A First….. Microsoft’s Next Feature Update Arrives In May…. But Only If You Want To Install It

This is something that I never saw coming. Windows 10, which has had its last two feature updates end up being major disasters for users of the platform has had a major change in terms of how the update will roll out. Check out what Microsoft is saying in this blog post about the latest feature update which is due in May:

In previous Windows 10 feature update rollouts, the update installation was automatically initiated on a device once our data gave us confidence that device would have a great update experience.  Beginning with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, users will be more in control of initiating the feature OS update.  We will provide notification that an update is available and recommended based on our data, but it will be largely up to the user to initiate when the update occurs.  When Windows 10 devices are at, or will soon reach, end of service, Windows update will continue to automatically initiate a feature update; keeping machines supported and receiving monthly updates is critical to device security and ecosystem health.  We are adding new features that will empower users with control and transparency around when updates are installed. In fact, all customers will now have the ability to explicitly choose if they want to update their device when they “check for updates” or to pause updates for up to 35 days.

In other words, for the first time with Microsoft’s OS as a service, you’ll be in some degree of control of what gets installed. That’s a massive departure for the company who wanted to be fully in control. I guess the backlash of the last two feature updates which bricked PCs and deleted data was too much for them to ignore. Sure you can’t entirely stop Microsoft from shoving this update onto your PC, but being able to delay it for up to 35 days is something significant because it will give you time to check the Interwebs to see if the update really screws something up so that you don’t kill your own computer by being forced to install it. While I would normally say kudos to Microsoft for doing this, I won’t be saying that this time around. This sort of control should have been present in the OS from day one. And Microsoft needs to go further and give all users full control over their computers so that their buggy feature updates don’t leave a bad taste in users mouths over and over again.



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