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Windows 10 AI will mean updates are less annoying

by Mark Tyson on 27 July 2018, 11:11

Tags: Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Windows 10

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Earlier this week Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17723 and Build 18204 (for those in the fast ring that skip ahead). Microsoft published an accompanying blog post for the releases, which highlights some of the interesting features that might well end up in upcoming consumer releases of its codename 'Redstone 5' OS.

The update experience

One of the annoying things about Windows, though it is great to get timely security and feature updates, is that you sometimes get nagged or even disturbed from your computing work/tasks by the application of updates. Updates often require various apps be closed, or even system reboots - not great for convenience or productivity.

Microsoft has started to look at making updates less intrusive. It claims to have updated its reboot logic to use a new system that is both more adaptive and proactive. More specifically, the blog states "We trained a predictive model that can accurately predict when the right time to restart the device is. Meaning, that we will not only check if you are currently using your device before we restart, but we will also try to predict if you had just left the device to grab a cup of coffee and return shortly after."

The trained system has provided promising results in-house at Microsoft. Now it will unleash its cloud trained AI on Insiders and is asking for feedback to iron out any wrinkles before its ready for prime time.

Other highlights in Build 17723 & 18204

In addition to the above Microsoft has brought Mixed Reality Flashlight to the OS. It allows users to look into the real world to interact with people, phones, keyboards, food and drink etc, without removing their HMD (see image below). The 'flashlight' can open the real world portal via the UI menu, a key/button, or even by voice command.

  • Windows will start to support Leap Seconds in a traceable and UTC-compliant manner (there is typically one to add every 18 months, as the earth's rotation slows).
  • Microsoft has implemented changes to make the Kiosk setup experience better.
  • Microsoft Edge has been improved with new group policies and the XSS filter has been retired.
  • Insiders can now also use Unicode 11 with support for 157 new emoji.
  • Last but not least there are loads of general bug fixes.

You can read much more on the above, and about remaining known issues, in the Microsoft blog post.



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Couldn't they just provide an option for everyone to not automatically restart at all, with any nagging? I'm getting really tired of coming in to work to find my PC has either obliterated my workspace (and thus, workflow) by an automatic reboot, or is still installing updates, after an automatic reboot.

How do Microsoft not understand that rebooting AT ALL can be incredibly disruptive? Just give us a damn choice.
afiretruck
Couldn't they just provide an option for everyone to not automatically restart at all, with any nagging? I'm getting really tired of coming in to work to find my PC has either obliterated my workspace (and thus, workflow) by an automatic reboot, or is still installing updates, after an automatic reboot.

How do Microsoft not understand that rebooting AT ALL can be incredibly disruptive? Just give us a damn choice.

But then people never reboot and get infected! There is no good option here and I think Microsoft are preferring to annoy you rather than deal with a potential US style lawsuit if you did get infected… (Not saying its right but you can understand the corporate decision making process)

As for the AI - I assume its just a simple ‘if user has done nothing for 5 minutes reboot’!
afiretruck
Just give us a damn choice.

You are forgetting this is Microsoft Windows 10 ME and choices are not for mere users, but for the forthcoming paid up elite club.
cheesemp
But then people never reboot and get infected! There is no good option here and I think Microsoft are preferring to annoy you rather than deal with a potential US style lawsuit if you did get infected… (Not saying its right but you can understand the corporate decision making process)

They could have a big disclaimer saying something along the lines of “you take all responsibility if anything bad happens to your PC as a result of pushing this big red button”.

Speaking of US-style lawsuits, has anyone attempted to sue Microsoft for lost productivity from unscheduled restarts? :)
afiretruck
They could have a big disclaimer saying something along the lines of “you take all responsibility if anything bad happens to your PC as a result of pushing this big red button”.

Speaking of US-style lawsuits, has anyone attempted to sue Microsoft for lost productivity from unscheduled restarts? :)

Where do I start? I choose when I want to shut down and apply the updates but then…. then…. next time I turn it on it says how it's still applying them and I have to wait! NO! I TOLD YOU WHEN YOU COULD DO IT. WHY DID YOU NOT RESTART AND FINISH THE JOB THEN?

We don't need “machine learning” for this because we'll end up with all of our mothers ringing us complaining that their computers are restarting at random whenever they leave them for more than 5 minutes. We need a pop up box saying there are updates ready for installation, that they're seriously important for security, not that important for security or purely feature updates which can wait. You then choose what you want to happen - install now, install later (click the icon on the task bar) or leave your computer on and it'll wake up at 0100 and do it all automatically. There is no excuse for not finishing the job when I tell it to, either. No more of this “Getting Windows ready” nonsense when I'm booting up to “quickly” check the route to somewhere before I set off, etc. If I told it to update last night when there was time, I expect it to finish it, not do half of it and then wait until it's least convenient to do the rest.

I do not want AI choosing when to restart my PC or really when to be downloading, etc. I want control over my bandwidth, control over my CPU time (I might want to be calculating Pi to millions of places for no reason and don't want Windows using my CPU in the background for updates that can wait) and I want control over when it installs them. I do not want seemingly random restarts when the PC thinks it's convenient. I will TELL YOU when it's convenient.