Microsoft needs to refocus on Windows 10 fundamentals - Mary Jo Foley

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    Microsoft needs to refocus on Windows 10 fundamentals - Mary Jo Foley

    Microsoft needs to refocus on Windows 10 fundamentals - Mary Jo Foley


    Posted: 10 Oct 2018
    Opinion: Microsoft needs to step off the new feature train, at least temporarily, and get Windows 10's reliability and fundamentals back on track.

    Windows as a service, as it currently exists, isn't working. Microsoft's plan to release two feature updates to Windows 10 annually, as Microsoft has been doing since 2015, is not seen as a plus by many customers. After the debacle around the Windows 10 October Update/1809, the perception that Microsoft has lost control of its Windows 10 update strategy is even more apparent.

    A quick refresher as to what happened with 1809: Microsoft began rolling it out October 2. Some early adopters saw their photos, files, bookmarks and other data wiped out after installing the new bits. Microsoft pulled 1809 and is now retesting it with Insiders before starting to push it again to customers.

    I don't see any signs that Microsoft is ready to throw in the towel on its plan to do two feature updates to Windows 10 for the foreseeable future. The company did toss a bone to Enterprise and Education customers recently, basically enabling them to install just one feature update every other year. But Windows 10 Home and Pro customers didn't get that reprieve...


    Read more: Microsoft needs to refocus on Windows 10 fundamentals, not just new features | ZDNet
    Brink's Avatar Posted By: Brink
    10 Oct 2018

  1. Steve C's Avatar
    Posts : 6,276
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #1

    Many feature updates have problems these days which is why I defer them for at least 3 months to allow time for MS to do beta testing on those who upgrade immediately.
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  2. Posts : 668
    Win 10 pro
       #2

    "Who wants to admit a key company initiative isn't working?"

    I do not agree with Mary. It's working, perfectly.
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  3. Jody Thornton's Avatar
    Posts : 487
    Windows 8 Pro x64
       #3

    roy111 said:
    "Who wants to admit a key company initiative isn't working?"

    I do not agree with Mary. It's working, perfectly.
    How do you see that, when all of the users that are experiencing problems are speaking up?
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  4. clam1952's Avatar
    Posts : 811
    Windows 10 Pro 20H2 build 19042.906
       #4

    Probably from all of the users that are happy enough so don't need to complain about anything, nobody really knows the actual figures either way.
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  5. Posts : 668
    Win 10 pro
       #5

    What happened is simply a calculated risk, I guess only early home users adopters where affected and this is the new deployment model, how do you not see that?

    I have pro and can defer updates (i had no problems indeed), enterprise users can defer even more that i can defer.
    Home users are the guinea pigs, forced to test features and exposed to bugs, before they can reach more "big enterprises".

    How can this be not cristal clear?
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  6. f14tomcat's Avatar
    Posts : 52,979
    Multi-boot Windows 10 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
       #6

    roy111 said:
    What happened is simply a calculated risk, I guess only early home users adopters where affected and this is the new deployment model, how do you not see that?

    I have pro and can defer updates (i had no problems indeed), enterprise users can defer even more that i can defer.
    Home users are the guinea pigs, forced to test features and exposed to bugs, before they can reach more "big enterprises".

    How can this be not cristal clear?
    MS gambled by deciding to bypass the Release Preview Ring testing phase.

    MS lost.

    imho
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  7. ignatzatsonic's Avatar
    Posts : 2,393
    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
       #7

    f14tomcat said:
    MS gambled by deciding to bypass the Release Preview Ring testing phase.

    MS lost.

    imho
    I'm not an "insider" and know nothing about preview rings, et al.

    But I'm wondering: assuming you are right about the reason, what's their motivation for gambling on the bypass?

    Saving significant money, thereby increasing earnings per share and possibly the stock price?

    Maintaining an alleged schedule?

    Believing that the negative implications would be low even if the gamble is lost?

    Believing that the Release Preview Ring would not significantly reduce the risk of a bad outcome?

    I don't mean those as rhetorical questions. I literally wonder why they would take the risk?
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  8. f14tomcat's Avatar
    Posts : 52,979
    Multi-boot Windows 10 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
       #8

    ignatzatsonic said:
    I'm not an "insider" and know nothing about preview rings, et al.

    But I'm wondering: assuming you are right about the reason, what's their motivation for gambling on the bypass?

    Saving significant money, thereby increasing earnings per share and possibly the stock price?

    Maintaining an alleged schedule?

    Believing that the negative implications would be low even if the gamble is lost?

    Believing that the Release Preview Ring would not significantly reduce the risk of a bad outcome?

    I don't mean those as rhetorical questions. I literally wonder why they would take the risk?
    They may be asking themselves that very same question. They've redesigned the Feedback Hub to allow a criticality rating, and acknowledge some of the early feedback on the issue slipped thru the cracks. I would image the Powers That Be in Redmond are exercising those powers to remedy and prevent.
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  9. Josey Wales's Avatar
    Posts : 24,692
    Win 10 Pro 19043.906
       #9

    This two builds a year should be stopped and a policy adopted that would make sure that every build was thoroughly tested prior to it's release. A user should not have to wait three months to upgrade. MS should not be gambling with users data by bypassing the release preview ring. The game playing that use to happen when an Insider would have to guess the next Insider Build which was hidden in a picture was ridiculous . The announcement that MS was going to be reorganized probably grew a great deal.
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