Foldingchair writes, "An on/off switch for auto updates would be nice."
Not that I don't agree for myself, and any number of sophisticated users who can make some sort of reasonable informed decision, but this does not characterize the vast majority of computer users regardless of the OS involved.
The "on/off" switch for auto updates was available for years and was a spectacular failure because so many people thought "they knew better" and did insane things like turning off all updates or buying into the Conspiracy Theory of Automatic Updates on Windows®. As a freelance computer tech I've had plenty of opportunities to either clean up after smoldering cyber-heaps that were the direct, or very close indirect, result of failing to assiduously apply updates that were absolutely essential after having turned them off.
Microsoft, as caretaker of the OS, has made a business decision that OS consistency, without user intervention, takes a higher priority than user control over OS updates. That's their choice to make: they own the OS. All OS developers do this. The options remain the same: stick with what you have, change over to something else, but always deal with the fact that OS updates are going to be a fact of life and are far, far, far more often a good thing than bad. I have never experienced a Windows update that literally makes a system unusable. I know of very few people (or organizations) that have, and I've been a Windows user almost since the day it hit the market. I had one update during the early months of Windows 10 that clearly caused instability and the patch for that was done as an "emergency patch" (or a revision to the update itself, and reapplied) within a very short period of time. The telemetry features exist to allow this very thing to happen, and to allow the halt of roll-out of what gets recognized as "a bad update."
The level of perfection that certain quarters seem to think that Microsoft should be able to achieve has never been achieved by any technology company. I've worked on hardware from true mainframes on down, and "update issues" do occasionally occur on all OSes on all platforms. Recognizing that essential fact appears to make me a Microsoft fan-boy in some people's eyes rather than being someone simply commenting on the obvious to anyone who's "been there, done that" for a couple of decades.
P.S.: The fact that "1000 users agree" when the user base is now in the millions upon millions is, well, not compelling as an argument against automatic updates
Edited by britechguy, 25 April 2016 - 11:47 AM.
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