"Windows as a Service" fails. It's obvious: Windows is not a service, and it was never. It's a desktop operating system, and it does not need updating every six months. Even iOS and Android get only significant updates once a year.
"Updating all of these computers is safe!"
Microsoft posted a blog post about Windows 1
In order to put all the latest bugs in perspective, Microsoft asks us to consider the "comprehensive scale of the Windows ecosystem":
With Windows 10 alone, we work to deliver quality to over 700 million monthly active Windows 10 devices, over 35 million application titles with over 175 million application versions and 16 million unique hardware / driver combinations.
That's right-Windows is a very complex animal that needs to support a large number of hardware and software. There is a reason that Microsoft will slow down and stop updating Windows so often, not an excuse for constant bugs.
Windows 7 also supported many hardware devices and applications. But Windows 7 did not break things up. Microsoft provided a stable base of software for hardware manufacturers and software developers to work on.
We still agree that security updates are important, of course. But Microsoft managed to deliver security updates to Windows 7 and earlier versions of Windows before "Windows as a service," and the security updates rarely caused problems.
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No one asked about Windows as a service
None PC users asked Microsoft for Windows as a service. It was all Microsoft's idea.
"Software as a service" is trendy. However, these types of services are generally on a remote platform, such as Amazon Web Services or even Microsoft Azure. Web applications like Gmail and Facebook are services. It's simple, the company keeps the software and you can access it remotely.
An operating system that runs on millions of different hardware configurations is not a service. It can not be updated so easily, and you will encounter hardware, drivers, and software issues when changing things. The upgrade process is not fast and transparent. It's a big download and it may take a while to install.
Very little software will break if Google changes something in Gmail. At worst, Gmail will go down. On the other hand, millions of programs (or computers!) Can break if Microsoft makes a mistake with Windows.
What does Windows do like a service for us?
What has Windows as a service even received us? How much has Windows 10 improved since it was released?
Sure, Microsoft adds new features like Timeline and Paint 3D, but how many Windows users care about them? Many of these new features, such as Paint 3D and Microsoft Edge updates, can be delivered without major operating system upgrades.
Take a look at the many features of Windows 10 October 2018 update and ask if they were worth all deleted files and drama. Texting from your computer is good, but Microsoft can release an app that does – in fact, this was once thought to be a Skype feature. The clipboard history is cool, and a dark theme for File Explorer is cute.
But could not we have waited another six months for Microsoft to properly polish and test this?
"Windows as a Service" gets us some things. It gets us applications like Candy Crush installed on our computers. This will lead us to an ever-increasing number of embedded ads. And it causes us activation issues when Windows phones home once a day and detects that Microsoft has a server problem.
Windows does not require major updates every six months
Please Microsoft, slow down. How about releasing a new version of Windows once a year instead?
That's what Apple does, and Apple does not need "macOS as a service" to do it. Just create a new version of Windows every year, give it a new name and spend a lot of time polishing it and fixing bugs. Wait until it's stable to release it, even if you have to delay it.
Offer all versions of Windows as an optional free upgrade. Do not force people to upgrade immediately. Do not rely on installing the new operating system just because they clicked "Search for updates". If it's ok, people will install it.
If any hardware or software does not work properly with the new version, let them stick to their old operating system.
It would not even be much more work for Microsoft to keep multiple versions of Windows updated with security updates. For corporate users, every September feature update will be updated for 30 months. Just make these September features update the normal version of windows and let all windows users get them done.
Windows 7 users are viewing
Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7 for a little over a year from January 14, 2020. After that, Windows 7 users must upgrade to a newer version of Windows or stick to a Windows 7 that will not get any security spots.
How many Windows 7 users are viewing the Windows 10 update drama and fear the upgrade? How many will stick to the vulnerable version of Windows when it's time to choose?
The sad thing is that Microsoft offers a more stable version of Windows! If you use Windows 10 Professional, you can at least delay updates for a while. And if you're using Windows 10 Enterprise, you can use Windows Edition for up to 30 months, and you'll get security updates at all times. But even though Microsoft patches and supports these versions of windows, Microsoft will not let home users get them.
We need to be beta testers for Microsoft's true customers – the companies that pay for the good, stable software.