Microsoft has still not released Windows 10's October 2018 update. Now PC manufacturers are broadcasters with unsupported software, and Battlefield V is coming out next week with real-time radiation technology that is not working on NVIDIA's RTX hardware.
Some new computers are running unsupported software
The holiday shopping period is almost on us. PC manufacturers have been working on new hardware and want to release it on time for Black Friday and the Christmas shopping season.
As Brad Sams points out at Petri, PC manufacturers tested their new hardware on a pre-release version of the October 2018 update, also known as Windows 10 version 1809.
According to Microsoft's process requirements, new devices are supported with an Intel 9th generation or Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 processor only officially in the October 2018 update.
But the holiday season is almost here, and these PC manufacturers must release this hardware. So Microsoft has let them release it with the older version of Windows that is not officially supported and has not been properly tested.
Sams found a Lenovo ARM-based Windows 10 laptop with a Snapdragon 850 chip on it at Best Buy, and it ran the old version of Windows. That hardware may not work properly with its current operating system. However, that is not all. As Sams says:
Companies that created marketing materials for their devices that marked features from 1809 can not start using that material until this version of Windows 10 is sent. Considering that we are about 7 weeks from Christmas, the clock is covered tougher and higher every day passing.
You would not want to use a computer with a processor from the Intel 9th generation (Coffee Lake) without Windows October 10, 2018 Update, either. Because Microsoft's documentation makes it clear, these CPUs are not officially supported in the April 2018 update and may not work properly.
Battlefield V Does not Support Ray-Tracing to Release
Microsoft's trumpet real-time tracking search technology earlier this year. NVIDIA's RTX 20 Series graphics card supports this new graphic feature and released a few months ago. But they can not actually use DirectX Ray Tracing yet.
It has been good because very few games really support this technique. Everyone can wait.
But EA releases Battlefield V November 15th, which is next week. Ray tracing will be included today a patch. If you purchased an NVIDIA RTX graphics card and be happy to try raftracing on Battlefield Vs release-well, bad. You must install the unstable building of Windows 10 October 2018 update if you want to do so. That's what EA's documentation says.
Not only are new computers that come with an unsupported version of Windows, Microsoft also keeps back the game industry for PC. Players who bought an NVIDIA RTX card will be disappointed, and both NVIDIA and EA will not be able to trumpet and announce the new technology at the launch of the game.
Thanks to Thinus Swart to point this out on Twitter.
RELATED: What does real-time tracking mean to players today?
Microsoft's Windows development process is broken
Windows October 10, 2018 update was released on October 2, but it was taken a few days later because it removed some people's files. Even after the bug was released, Microsoft found another bug that could lead to data loss when using .zip files.
It's now a month later and Microsoft has not said anything about when we should expect the update. Both of the big show-stopping data bursts have been fixed, so maybe Microsoft found another big bug that we do not know about.
As Peter Bright clearly explained at Ars Technica, Microsoft's Windows 10 development process is clearly broken. Windows developer integrates buggy code early in the development cycle and then encrypts to fix it:
Either test is not available at all for this code (and I have been told yes, it is allowed to integrate code without testing, though I would hope this is not the norm), or test errors are considered acceptable, non-blocking issues, and developers may integrate code that they know does not work properly. From the outside we can not tell exactly what situation is in play – it can even be a mixture of both – but not good either.
Is it a surprise that the bugs sometimes are not all found and fixed on time?
As Mary Jo Foley puts it on ZDNet, Microsoft needs to focus on basic rather than new features. In recent days, we've reported problems with file associations that do not work properly and Microsoft unfortunately disables some computers. Even worse, both of these issues are on the current stable version of Windows 10!
This broken development process harms the entire PC industry. With the constant storm of Windows 10 bugs, people are much more likely to consider Chromebooks, MacBooks, and maybe even iPads. Who wants to deal with all these issues if they do not need?
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