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

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  1. Brink's Avatar
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       1 Week Ago #1

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


    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
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  2.    1 Week Ago #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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  3. Posts : 448
    Ubuntu 18.04, win 8.1 pro
       1 Week Ago #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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  4.    1 Week Ago #3

    roy111 said: View Post
    "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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  5.    1 Week Ago #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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       1 Week Ago #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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       1 Week Ago #6

    roy111 said: View Post
    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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  8.    1 Week Ago #7

    f14tomcat said: View Post
    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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       1 Week Ago #8

    ignatzatsonic said: View Post
    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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  10.    1 Week Ago #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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