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        Da Boss

        Gregg Keizer at Computerworld has another look at Susan Bradley’s latest poll. A majority of IT administrators polled this summer said that the twice-
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        AskWoody Lounger

        Only stunning to anyone who doesn’t work in IT.

        It would also be more palatable if you actually got anything useful for your trouble out of the upgrades besides more bugs.

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        lurks about
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        Not surprised at the results because OSes and most applications are mature products. Mature products are basically feature complete as there are no major features that users are clamoring for. Most of the ‘features’ being added could probably be handled better by a standalone application. The few features that need be added are often support for new or revised hardware and connection protocols. These updates occur somewhat erratically but they are not coming out every 6 months but more like about every 3 years or so.

        What most people need are bug and security fixes not new OS features.

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        AskWoody Plus

        I do not understand how there can be any users “clamouring” for anything when it comes to Win 10 in 2020.

        It is a mature workhorse that continues to need fixes, tweaks and fit/finish in specific areas – but I do not think I have ever met anyone in my 20+ years in IT that actually said “it would be nice if Windows did the following…”

        Just keep it stable and nimble and lose the “gotta update it every 6 months”mantra.

        If it were me – I would change major updates to once per year, make the naming convention a yearly vibe (Windows 10 2020, Windows 10 2021) and make ALL versions good for 24-36 months of support.

        I would then offer any version (while still actively supported) the option to install any new feature updates as they become available and the usual security fixes on the usual monthly update cadence.

        This would put everyone into a 2-3 year usage period and drastically cut down on the update overload. Plus the option is there to accept the latest features (or not) and stay put for between two-three full years. That should satisfy most admins and businesses.

        Jeez – or even make it like Office 2019/365 which gets it updates in the background silently almost weekly and never bothers me one bit. Its by far the most stable software I use.


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        AskWoody Lounger

        Not surprising at all. The effort + risk of rolling out two major OS updates per year isn’t something I’m excited to do with my 90 clients, and we’re a smaller organization.

        I’d rather they do a feature update every 2 years, not 2 per year. Just keep the security patches rolling in long term and we’re happy.

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        AskWoody Lounger

        I know for myself the OS is just the means to run software I use. I don’t care if it has certain built in Apps like a Calculator or a Alarm. Cortana has never impressed me but neither has Siri or Alexa. The Windows upgrades are simply a nuisance that replaced the semi annual or longer of Microsoft releasing a new Windows version. Now we are stuck with a perpetual but forever improving Windows 10. At least that is what Microsoft would like to think. I just want a OS that is stable and get’s out of the way. I don’t need Candy Crush showing its ugliness or anything else. These are NOT value added in my opinion and just require me to remove them. Sorry Microsoft but I paid for a OS, nothing more nothing less.

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        AskWoody Lounger

        The number of updates isnt an issue at all , the quality of them is                                    when i used windows 7  i had automatic updates turned on  AND i never encountered a single issue that affected me  on other hand with W10  I always have to watch the updates that most of the time are buggy

        Just someone who don't want Windows to mess with its computer.
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        Even more malicious is Microsoft’s inconsistent insistence on forcing people to upgrade, so people are forced to ride this roller coaster regardless of preference. So not only do you have an absurd upgrade cadence and few periods of stability (by the time one version is stable the next is out and Microsoft is pushing for that as all get out), but you also have limited choice in the matter. Whatever tools Windows might provide for you to pause updates are tools that Microsoft can ignore at any time for any reason.

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