Peter Bright  – Oct 20, 2018 2:15 pm UTC
Enlarge / Windows 10 during a product launch event Tokyo in July 2015.Kiyoshi Ota / Bloomberg via Getty ImagesIt's fair to say that the Windows 10 October 2018 Microsoft's most successful update. Reports on data loss quickly emerged, forcing Microsoft to suspend distribution of the update.
This is not the first Windows feature update that's had problems-we've seen things like significant hardware incompatibilities in previous updates-but it's certainly the worst. Windows as a service
Microsoft's ambition with.
Microsoft's ambition with Windows 10 what to radically shake up as it develops Windows 10. The company wanted to better respond to customer and market needs, and to get new features into customers' hands sooner. Windows 1
This effort has not been without its successes. Microsoft has used the new model to deliver new features without forcing users to wait three years for a new major version upgrade. For example, there's a clever feature to run seamlessly in a virtual machine to provide great protection from malicious websites. The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), which equips Windows systems to run Linux software, has proven to be a boon for developers and administrators. The features for pure consumers may be a little harder to discern-though VR features compatible with SteamVR, improved game performance, and a dark theme, have all been nice additions. Windows is only updated every three years.
Windows Vista is the only one of its kind years.This is a good thing, and I would even say that it has not been done successfully without windows as a service. WSL's development, for example, has published the WSL Microsoft's WSL. I do not believe that I have read the traceability it has been doing every six months-no one would want to wait three years to get it right. Regular updates reward people for reporting bugs, because they can actually see those bugs resolved in a timely manner.
The problem with Windows as a Service is quality. It is not surprising that the security issues have already come to the fore. 10. While it is notably lacking, there is a good perception of the quality of the security updates that have taken place with Windows 10 and that installation of the twice-yearly feature updates as soon as they're available is madness. These complaints are long-standing, too. Windows 10's release.
The new problem has come to a head, with commentators saying that the two feature updates a year is too many and that Microsoft needs to stop developing new features and just fix bugs. Some people have been wrong, many have been wrong.
These are not the first calls for Microsoft to slow down with their feature updates.
It's not often, it's how
But saying Microsoft should only produce one update instead of two, or criticizing the very idea of Windows as a service, is missing the point. The problem here is not the release frequency. It's Microsoft's development process.
Why is it the process, and not the timeframe, that's the issue?
Two updates a year is more frequent than macOS, iOS, and Android, so in a sense Microsoft is trying to overachieve. But it's not unprecedented: Ubuntu sees two releases a year, and Google's Chrome OS, like its Chrome browser, receives updates every six weeks. Beyond the operating system space, Microsoft's Office Insider program has a monthly delivery of new features to Office users each month, and it manages to do so without generating too many complaints while delivering a steady trickle of new features and fixes. The Visual Studio team makes frequent updates for its development environment and online services.
Move beyond the world of on-premises software and into online and cloud services, and see, both in Microsoft and beyond , increasing adoption of continuous delivery.
It is true that none of these projects are as complicated at Windows. Ubuntu may contain a number of different packages of packages. Windows does, of course, contain many individual components, and Microsoft has done a lot of work on disentangle thesis. But the fact remains that its scale is unusually large and unusually integrated. Windows is thus, at least, in places, extremely old.
These factors make it difficult to develop a Windows. It just needs the right development process.
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