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  1.    16 May 2015 #1
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    Piecing together the Windows as a Service puzzle for Windows 10


    While we Microsoft watchers, partners and customers continue to try to make sense of the multiple new editions of Windows 10 -- and the likely upgrade paths to them -- there's a piece of the puzzle that's more important than the versions themselves.That piece is the Windows as a Service story, anchored by three different "servicing branches." Which versions of Windows 10 include support for servicing branches is going to be a crucial piece of information for business users, especially, when considering the move to Windows 10.

    Microsoft officials have gone public with bits of the servicing-branch story over the past several months. But some of the company's reseller partners are seemingly privy to more of the story and are starting to talk, too. Here's what I'm hearing and starting to piece together, at this point.

    There are going to be three Windows 10 servicing branches when the product launches: Current Branch (CB), Current Branch for Business (CBB) and Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB). Different versions of Windows 10 will give users access to different servicing branches.
    Those running Windows 10 Home will have just one choice -- the Current Branch. That means those users will have to take any new features, fixes and security updates that Microsoft pushes to them via Windows Update. (They will be pushed after Windows Insiders and Microsoft itself tests them.) Windows 10 Home users won't have the option of delaying or deferring anything. And for many consumers, that will be OK, if not welcome.

    Those running Windows 10 Pro are going to have two options: Current Branch or Current Branch for Business. The CB means, as with Home, that users will have to take all feature fixes and security updates as they're made available by Microsoft via Windows Update. But the CBB option will give Pro users more flexibility about when they apply the new features, fixes and security updates from Microsoft.
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  2.    16 May 2015 #2
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    Forcing users to take updates they don't want sounds like a good idea to me!
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  3.    16 May 2015 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winuser View Post
    Forcing users to take updates they don't want sounds like a good idea to me!
    I would like to bypass some of them but I just have to think about this.. I like Win10 too much to let me bother me at this point I guess.
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  4.    16 May 2015 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winuser View Post
    Forcing users to take updates they don't want sounds like a good idea to me!
    With M$ track record on updates I think they will have a hard time getting one billion users Computers to work.
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  5.    16 May 2015 #5

    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyJ View Post
    I would like to bypass some of them but I just have to think about this.. I like Win10 too much to let me bother me at this point I guess.
    I'm surprised that doesn't phase you though Jeff. I know I often comment on how accepting you are of Windows 10 (sometimes overly so in my mind - I don't mean that to be nasty, just an observation my friend ). But doesn't that loss of choice and control not concern you at least a bit?

    Cheers!
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  6.    16 May 2015 #6
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    I am not sure on this

    Taking this to the extreme, if MS gets the majority of people using win 10, then in 2 years they decide they want a start screen back instead of a menu, everyone would have it without any choice
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  7.    16 May 2015 #7
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    Yep M$ has not learned the New Coca Cola lesson yet.
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  8.    16 May 2015 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jody Thornton View Post
    I'm surprised that doesn't phase you though Jeff. I know I often comment on how accepting you are of Windows 10 (sometimes overly so in my mind - I don't mean that to be nasty, just an observation my friend ). But doesn't that loss of choice and control not concern you at least a bit?

    Cheers!
    Since we don't know what MS is going to offer as updates why get worked up about it right now?? When we/I find out what MS is going to provide as updates then I, at least, can judge if the updates are good or bad and if I would want to bypass any of them..

    Overall I'm a very laid back person and I don't worry about things that are basically unknown right now.. like what updates MS will provide in the future.
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  9.    16 May 2015 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by paulsalter View Post
    I am not sure on this

    Taking this to the extreme, if MS gets the majority of people using win 10, then in 2 years they decide they want a start screen back instead of a menu, everyone would have it without any choice
    But that doesn't mean that it will happen and that anyone has to use the start screen if it even did come back. The future is unknown until it gets here.. why speculate or worry about it yet??
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  10.    16 May 2015 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyJ View Post
    But that doesn't mean that it will happen and that anyone has to use the start screen if it even did come back. The future is unknown until it gets here.. why speculate or worry about it yet??
    Very true, that was just an extreme example of the things that could happen

    Currently, people can use the OS that suits them best, XP, 7, 8
    When on 10 it looks like no choice in the matter, everyone gets all changes

    If everyone on Win 7 had automatically been upgraded to 8, imagine the outcome, the same with 10 going forward, everyone has to have what MS wants
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