With not many hours left until launch, Windows 10 is still very obviously a service that is sill being serviced and the pressure is on at Microsoft. NVIDIA users have discovered that having a clearly drawn display is not something they are likely to have by launch day, much to the amusement of us AMD users. Until this week those used to uninstalling programs with the Control Panel as opposed to the new procedure of heading to Settings -> System -> Apps & features will find they are punished for their temerity with a Windows Explorer crash, certainly an interesting choice to reinforce the new behaviour. Less common, though still frequent enough for The Register to make note of and for a patch to be released yesterday is a similar crash if you were to disable an active network connection manually.
Surface users may have noticed new firmware arriving to mitigate some of the compatibility issues Windows 10 testers have used, though there is not that much time left to test them en masse, the fact that the tablets were built by Microsoft should help ensure the updates are stable and useful. Not so much for other tablets as The Register shows in this story.
Creating a new version of an OS is a non-trivial task and for the most part Windows 10 should be ready for a consumer release this week. Microsoft have changed a lot about the look and function of Windows and made even more changes to their business model and licensing. The real hurdle is Enterprise, the huge customer base that ignored Windows 8(.x) and to a lesser extent Windows 7. With the stability and functionality of the OS already in question, will the poorly communicated changes to the licensing models of Windows 10 mean that we will once again see extremely slow or non-existent adoption in Enterprise and even SMB for that matter?
"Build 10240, which was released to the Windows Insider program two weeks ago, is widely considered to be the "release to manufacturing" (RTM) build, even though Redmond itself says the RTM concept doesn't apply in its brave new world of Windows as a Service."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Plexistor's latest box sounds a lot like flash memory as virtual DRAM @ The Register
- Chrome Extension Thwarts User Profiling Based On Typing Behavior @ Slashdot
- Controlling a Robot with a Wearable Lego Exosuit @ MAKE:Blog
- Ballmer's billion-dollar blunders: When he gambled Microsoft's money and lost @ The Register
- Hold that upgrade: Critical bug in .NET 4.6 'breaks applications' @ The Register