Microsoft’s Windows Update system is broken. Will it ever be fixed?

For many years, Microsoft has struggled to get Windows to update properly, and for the most part it was wrong. But a month ago, I wrote about how Microsoft finally understood correctly, by giving people control over whether to install feature updates twice a year, such as the recent Windows update May 10, 2019.

always outside of the objective. In recent weeks, Microsoft has done little more than sow confusion about how and when Windows will be updated. He did this by issuing Orwellian statements and publishing a preview release calendar whose logic is imperceptible.

Clearly, Microsoft's system for updating Windows is as broken as it can be. And there are no indications that it will ever be fixed.

To see why, you should understand a bit how Microsoft tests its feature updates twice a year, such as the recent Windows update in May 2019. People who want to try the updates before launch can join the program Windows Insider, which allows you to download preview versions during the months leading up to the update. In exchange for being essentially guinea pigs, these companies and consumers can see every step in the construction of the next iteration of Windows, which can help them prepare for it.

There are several "rings" that initiates can register: the Fast Ring, which installs preview updates at the time they are published publicly; the slow ring, which installs them later, after they have tasted a little; and the Release Preview ring, which installs them only after they have been fully tested. There is also a "Skip Ahead" program that allows an Insider to skip a full version of Windows to the next.

In February, while Microsoft was testing the Windows update in May 2019, it announced that it would release an earlier version of Windows Preview. in Skip Ahead. But instead of launching a compilation that would come out in the fall of 2019 (code name 19H2, to be released in the second half of 2019), it released one that had two versions later, to be released in the spring of 2020 (code -Authorized 20H1, for the first half of 2020). (Until then, Microsoft had only launched in Skip Ahead, a launch is compiled ahead, not two ahead).

Microsoft explained in its publication: "Some things we are working on in 20H1 require a longer wait time, we will start releasing 19H2 bits to Insiders later this spring."

It was undoubtedly confusing that Microsoft was publicly testing a construction that would not expire in more than a year, whereas it would not prove one in no more than six months. For companies and people who need to prepare for any Windows 10 upgrade, this test sequence does not make sense. Why should they be preparing for 20H1 when they had not even seen the 19H2? At least they were promised the first versions of 19H2 in the spring, at which time a more normal sequence should be restored. Then they would know if the next version of Windows 10 will bring many new features, or it will not be much more than a summary of minor changes.

But spring came and spring left. Silence of Microsoft on 19H2. The compilations of 20H1 continued to arrive, but the compilations of 19H2 were not published. So people started asking Microsoft spokesman Brandon LeBlanc on Twitter why they had not released versions in the spring as promised. Your response from Twitter in part: "Our definition of" spring "does not necessarily coincide with exactly when spring ends and summer begins – it will happen when we are ready."

It was a response that recalls George Orwell's criticism of the bureaucracy's mockery of language. In his 1984 novel, Orwell put Newspeak in the mouths of government bureaucrats, but he was as arrogant and disorienting as he was from this corporate spokesman.

Well, now we know the Microsoft definition of spring: on July 1, when the first version of 19H2 was finally released. Maybe the Insiders, the unpaid beta testers from Microsoft, could make that work, if Microsoft had not chosen that moment to absorb all the logic of its preview release calendar. He threw 19H2 at the slow bell and then moved 20H1 to the fast bell. That means that people who expected to try the next version of Windows in the fast ring, in fact, would be testing a version of Windows that would not expire until about a year from now. Only the slow ring testers would get a preview of the version of Windows that is expected for this fall.

Still confused? You should be. And it only gets worse. The Windows version 19H2 that will be released this fall will not be installed in the way that the updates have been installed twice a year. It will be installed as a normal monthly Windows update. Without significant new features, it will be little more than what Microsoft used to call a service pack, which accumulates several minor updates.

Microsoft tried to explain all this in a blog post, " Evolving Service and Quality of Windows 10: The Next Steps". The post is full of idiocies, double corporate discourse and acronyms like "CFR". It is, to put it mildly, ridiculously incomprehensible.

The final result of all this? Windows Update is broken and needs to be repaired. Microsoft owes its customers to be honest about what to expect from the next versions of Windows, especially since they are using many of them, such as Windows Insiders, as guinea pigs.

Companies in particular need to know what will be in Windows Updates, so they can decide if and how to prepare for them. Companies are the life force of Microsoft. Microsoft should make its update procedures logical, preferably only a significant one a year, and perhaps a second secondary service pack. And you must be clear and transparent about exactly what you are doing. That means you should not declare that July 1 is spring and you should not issue blog posts that say they were written by a committee formed by followers of Marxism of the thirties, so I am referring to a combination of Brothers Marx. and Soviet apparatchiks.

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