Windows 10 is an operating system that will run on a range of devices -- from Xbox to PCs, phones to tablets and tiny gadgets -- all of which are connected and kept up-to-date by Windows Update. The optimum way to ensure our customers are running the best Windows is to get them the latest updates for Windows 10. In fact, Microsoft has been actively getting rid of ways to keep users from disabling automatic updates: in Windows 10 Pro and above, you to be able to do that from the Group Policy tool.
Delivering Windows 10 as a service means we can offer ongoing security updates, new features and capabilities - we'd like to make sure people can get access to the latest Windows 10 updates as soon as they are available. As of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, though, that option is gone.
We should be able to decide when to get our vaccines -- not have the doctor walk into our house, grab us by the hair and shove the medicine down our throats., not just when Microsoft says so.
I need a reliable PC, a computer that's ready for action whenever I need to report on a story, jot down notes from an interview, or liveblog a keynote. There's got to be a better way of handling these updates.
Then, Windows 10 came along to add insult to injury.
Imagine this: With no warning, a prompt pops up on your screen telling you that your Windows 10 laptop is about to restart.
She got a 58 on the midterm, and was barely able to bring it up to a C by the end of the semester.
"I don't like [Windows], but I'm a college student," she says.
Maybe you're delivering a presentation to a huge audience. Maybe you just need to get some work done on a tight deadline. Windows will take control of your computer, force-feed it updates and flip the reset switch automatically -- and there's not a damn thing you can do about it, once it gets started. As far as I'm concerned, it's the single worst thing about Windows. And when I poked around Microsoft, the overarching message I received was that Microsoft has no interest in fixing it. On September 1, 2010, I sat within speaking distance of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, ready to help live-blog his every word.
And don't expect to use your computer again soon; depending on the speed of your drive and the size of the update, it could be anywhere from 10 minutes to well over an hour before your PC is ready for work.
This is what we mean when we talk about delivering Windows as a service, and it is one of our core inspirations for Windows 10.