Sigh. The 'supported lifetime of the device', which Ed Bott never translates properly, so is incompetent or lying -- the 'supported lifetime of the device', means the LIFETIME OF THE SUPPORT, not the lifetime of the device.
MSFT is being misrepresented, so an MSFT spokesperson clarified: I tried to summarize that here: so in that same link, you yourself can read what Microsoft, not Ed Bott, says. He should lose his job over this. Seriously, a lot of people are gonna be hurt. I attacked him for it there in his own article* which is the title of this thread: so you can read for yourself what he claims. What he claims, is NOT what Microsoft itself, says. Go to the source, not to Ed Bott. Hearsay is not a contract. Go to the source.
Here's the ACTUAL SOURCE of the blue quote below, AT Microsoft's own site (see link left), in its ** footnote. So as you can see, it contradicts Mr. Bott's claims.
Again, click here to see the Computerworld article which happily goes only with what MSFT-the-Source said, quoted in the article and reproduced in blue below; which is the opposite, of what Ed Bott claims. I bolded their OEM clause:
" 'Updates are cumulative, with each update built upon all of the updates that preceded it. A device needs to install the latest update to remain supported,' the note stated. 'A device may not be able to receive updates if the device hardware is incompatible, lacking current drivers, or otherwise outside of the Original Equipment Manufacturer's ('OEM') support period."
So notice: the departure in the MSFT licensing terms for the updates -- expressed BY Microsoft in that link's Computerworld article, is that MSFT will key its own support to the OEM's support. That was never true before. OEM support can be ZERO (if you didn't buy the machine from the OEM) up to usually 3 years (if you did), for your average machine. Enterprise gets and pays for longer-term support from the OEMs dependent on what deal they negotiated, since usually Enterprise buys hundreds or thousands of machines at a time. Yet even here, MSFT is capping its own update support, to 10 years.
So MSFT update support is not for the lifetime of the device, in any case. For prior versions of Windows, you got support basically so long as your device was working and the Windows license on it, was valid. No longer true, for Win10.
Now, does this mean that MSFT is some big evil empire trying to monopolize and pull the wool over everyone's eyes? No. Companies are made up of people. Lots of hard working people there. MSFT has never lied about this, has always said 'supported lifetime', not merely 'lifetime', with respect to Win10 updates. So Bott and others are doing MSFT a serious injustice. And many will be mad at MSFT when they shouldn't be.
Now, maybe you or I don't like those terms, but it's MSFT's right to make them.
* Never have I attacked someone in public. Still feel bad about it, but there was no alternative, we're too close to the launch date. Imagine how hurt people will be to think that so long as their computer is alive -- or at least for 10 years -- they'll get Win10 updates, when Microsoft has never claimed that. Bott did.
Full contextual quote of Gregg Keizer (writer of the Computerworld article), is reproduced in italics, below. I bolded the text re OEM.
Microsoft noted the differences in Windows 10's update and upgrade practices in a footnote to the fact sheet's Windows 10 listing. "Updates may include new features, fixes (security and/or non-security), or a combination of both," the footnote read.
The Redmond, Wash. company expanded on the support policy in that same footnote. "Updates are cumulative, with each update built upon all of the updates that preceded it. A device needs to install the latest update to remain supported," the note stated. "A device may not be able to receive updates if the device hardware is incompatible, lacking current drivers, or otherwise outside of the Original Equipment Manufacturer's ('OEM') support period."
The first two sentences describe what Microsoft has already disclosed, that Windows 10 users must keep the OS up to date or face a shut-off of not only feature updates and upgrades, but also security patches. The last sentence, while reasonable on its face, is new to Windows 10, particularly the tie-in with the OEMs' support.
Edited by brainout, 19 July 2015 - 11:03 AM.