If you’re considering updating to Windows 10, then you may have been following the status of the last two Microsoft rollouts.
In October of 2018, the Windows update 1809 had multiple issues, forcing Microsoft to purge the update several days after distribution. One of the more common issues delayed shutting down your system for more than a minute due to a USB-C incompatibility issue. Another bug caused users to lose data when updating. Microsoft attempted to re-release the update a few weeks after initial release, but ultimately the company all but abandoned their update attempts, allowing users to opt out of the flawed update entirely.
Then came update 1903 in May of this year. For the most part it has been a far less problematic release. Update 1903 pushed many new fixes and refinements to the Windows 10 operating system, most of which we’ve covered in previous articles. As a recap, Windows Sandbox allows you to create a virtual desktop inside your operating system to test programs you might not be comfortable running on your main desktop. It also features a new light color palette, separation of Cortana, Microsoft’s personal assistant, and the search engine, and an enhanced search mode, as well as way to pause updates.
If you’re thinking that Microsoft took an added effort on the May/June patch, you’d be right. There is a good reason for this.
The timing and execution of this update are critical because this will be the last update before the end of life for Windows 7 and 8. Microsoft is striving to make sure that Windows 10 looks like the option people want to go to, instead of one they are forced to go to. As our own Jim Lancaster put it, “Move into Windows 10” not “Move away from Windows 7.” Even as the date nears, well over a quarter of users are still on Windows 7. In fact, Windows 10 numbers stalled out in June. Windows 7 users took a slight dive in November of 2018 but have stayed steady at around 35% of the global market. Despite the push for users to jump off one of the most popular operating systems in history, it seems that some users are playing a waiting game to see exactly what is going to happen at the beginning of 2020 when Windows 7 finally receives the last nail in the coffin.
Despite the rocky update in October, there are many users still clinging to Windows 7 and to a lesser degree, Windows 8. The possibility of receiving refinements to the older operating systems is extremely remote, and support for most viruses and security vulnerabilities won’t materialize at all unless it is a global issue that affects every version of Windows OS still being used.
Microsoft is wholly dedicated to the prospect of Windows 10. Keep in mind there are still ways to receive it free. With another version of the Windows operating system still several years down the road, Windows 10 is your best bet to continue working safely in a constantly evolving online environment at home or at work.