"Windows as a Service" fails. It's obvious: Windows is not a service and has never been. It's a desktop OS that does not need to be updated every six months. Even iOS and Android only receive important updates once a year.
"All these PCs are being updated, Sure is hard!"
Microsoft has just posted a blog post on the quality of Windows 1
To put recent mistakes into perspective, Microsoft demands that we consider "the sheer size of the Windows ecosystem":
We work alone with Windows 10 For over 700 million monthly active Windows 10 Devices to deliver quality to over 35 million application titles with more than 175 million application versions and 16 million unique hardware / driver combinations.
That's right – Windows is a very complex beast that needs to support a large number of hardware devices and software applications. That's one reason why Microsoft should slow down and stop updating Windows, no excuse for constant errors.
Windows 7 also supports many hardware devices and software applications. But Windows 7 did not break permanently. Microsoft provided a stable software base for hardware manufacturers and software developers.
We still agree that security updates are important, of course. However, Microsoft has managed to provide security updates for Windows 7 and earlier versions of Windows prior to Windows as a Service, and these security updates rarely cause problems.
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Nobody has asked for Windows as a service
No PC user has asked Microsoft for Windows as a service. It was all Microsoft's idea.
"Software as a Service" is trendy. However, these types of services are generally hosted on a remote platform, e.g. Amazon Web Services or even Microsoft Azure. Web applications like Gmail and Facebook are services. That makes sense – the company maintains the software and you access it remotely.
An operating system that uses millions of different hardware configurations is not a service. It's not that easy to update, and you have hardware, driver, and software issues when making changes. The upgrade process is not immediate and transparent – it's a great download and may take a while to complete the installation.
When Google changes something in Gmail, very little software gets corrupted. In the worst case, Gmail will stop working. On the other hand, millions of applications (or computers!) Could be damaged if Microsoft makes a mistake with Windows.
What does Windows get as a service?
What does Windows have as a service? even got us? How much has Windows 10 improved since its release?
Sure, Microsoft is constantly adding new features like Timeline and Paint 3D, but how many Windows users are interested in these features? Many of these new features, such as Paint 3D and updates to Microsoft Edge, could be deployed without major operating system updates.
Just look at the many features of the Windows 10 update from October 2018 and ask if they were worth all the deleted items files and drama. SMS from your PC is great, but Microsoft could release an app that does – in fact, this should be a Skype feature. The clipboard history is cool, and a dark theme for File Explorer is cute.
But could not we have waited another six months for Microsoft to thoroughly review and test this stuff?
"Windows as a Service" brings us a few things. This will install applications like Candy Crush on our PCs. This gives us an ever-growing number of integrated ads. If Windows phones are at home once a day and we find that there is a server problem, activation issues are caused.
Windows does not need major updates every six months
Please Microsoft, slow down. What if you publish a new version of Windows once a year instead?
That's what Apple does, and Apple does not need "macOS as a service." Just create a new version of Windows every year, rename it, and spend a lot of time polishing and fixing bugs. Wait until the release is stable, even if you need to delay it.
Offer each version of Windows as an optional free upgrade. Do not force immediate upgrades. Do not seduce people to install the new OS just because they clicked "Check for Updates." If it's good, people will install it.
If someone's hardware or software does not work properly with the new version, let them stay with their old operating system.
For Microsoft, it would not be much work to update several Windows versions with security patches. For enterprise users, each September feature update is patched for 30 months. Just make these September feature updates the normal version of Windows and let all Windows users get them – done.
Watching Windows 7 users
Microsoft will not support a little more than a year from today, January 14th. 2020. After that, Windows 7 users must upgrade to a newer version of Windows or stay on a Windows 7 that does not receive security patches.
How many Windows 7 users are looking at the Windows 10 update drama and fear of the upgrade? How many will stay with this vulnerable version of Windows when it's time to vote?
The sad thing is that Microsoft offers a more stable version of Windows! If you use Windows 10 Professional, you can delay the updates for at least some time. If you are using Windows 10 Enterprise, you can use a Windows version for up to 30 months and receive security updates all the time. Although Microsoft patches and supports these versions of Windows, Microsoft does not allow the use of home users.
We need to be the beta testers for real Microsoft customers – the companies that pay for the good, stable software.