phenomlab So do you not install any updates ?
I saw this in the Slack thread and I thought I’d start a specific discussion about Microsoft and their Windows policy about automatic updates, given I am quite opinionated about it 😀
(I quoted the above from a separate thread, so I’m not sure if it will work or not).
@phenomlab I know you were asking @mvp - I will give you my take: the machines with Windows 10 I use are ‘locked down’, i.e. I do not allow for unrestrained automatic updates as and when Microsoft pleases.
Firstly, I am of the opinion that users must have a say on what gets or does not get installed on their own equipment. It’s a bit like inviting someone in your own home. You must have full control about who gets in or who doesn’t.
I know that there is a case to be made for security-only updates and, if I trusted Microsoft, I would be all for it.
But I don’t trust Microsoft. Prior to Windows 10, they used to have security-only patches. Then someone came up with the ‘brilliant’ idea to deploy “Security and quality roll-up” patches. In other words, Microsoft crams whatever they want in there and I can’t be that selective anymore.
That is not the only reason I don’t trust Microsoft, though.
I don’t trust them because they have become lax in their quality-control practices. We all have heard horror stories about users going through forced updates and losing data, having their machines crashing and worse.
I don’t trust them because - in their historical competition with Apple - they decided - one day, out of the blue - “hey, you know what? We can be like Apple, for example by deploying obscure updates (the user does not need to worry, we know best)”.
Except, Microsoft is not Apple. There is, IMO, a world of difference between the way Apple approaches change management/deployment and the way Microsoft does. I have never either read or come across use cases where Apple was to blame for a loss of data, whereas Microsoft seems to be on the front pages every other month for this.
I don’t trust Microsoft since they decided that their business model - much like FB - turns their users into commoditised products so that they can push advertising, and collect as much data as they can about them.
I want to be clear, much of what I expressed here applies to Windows. In fact I like how Microsoft expanded in other segments such as Business Intelligence. But their blase approach to the Windows Home consumer should make people think twice about adopting a Windows 10 machine.
My 2 cents.