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Windows 10 will force automatic updates

by Todd Haselton | July 17, 2015

Windows 10 is launching on July 29 and we’re learning a bit more about some of the smaller — but still very important – details ahead of the launch. Take for example the license agreement, which basically tells end users that their machines are going to install the latest Windows 10 updates whether they want them or not.

It’s a good idea on Microsoft’s part, especially if it wants to squash vulnerabilities found in its software quickly, and without waiting for more than a billion people to manually update. It might also be troublesome for folks who don’t want the update, the new features, or whatever Microsoft decides to roll out. We’ve seen on more than one occasion a company release software that was buggier than the prior version. Remember when Apple released iOS 8.0.1 and it broke Touch ID? What if that happens in Windows 10?

For enterprise users, where things can get a lot more complicated with updates, Microsoft has a Windows Update for Business panel with a bit more control.

This is all part of Microsoft’s plan to create what it is calling “Windows as a service,” where Windows 10 will be constantly updated with new features. That’s a good plan but, clearly, some freedom is being taken away from end users in order to execute that strategy.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...


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