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Can Microsoft’s updates get any sneakier

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Microsoft has a long history of pushing software updates. Even when Windows XP was around, they still did their best to try put their latest and greatest updates and innovations to the OS on people’s computers. By no means is this bad, many of the things that Microsoft has done with Windows over the years have obviously made it a better OS, but the fact that they try to force people to install a new version may or may not be the best method.

Usually, when Microsoft wants you to update to Windows 10, you will have pop-ups that will urge you to install it and will explain to you how much better Windows 10 is and why you should get it. These pop-ups would have a few options, cancel, reschedule the update, or update now. Now what Microsoft has recently put in is no option to cancel and schedules the update for you without giving you a chance to change it. When you click okay the update is locked in, and you will have your PC start updating whenever it selected to do so. There is still a way though to stop it from locking in the update before you hit “okay”. If you click on a message in the window, it will redirect you to a place where you can change the date or cancel.

This method to try and get more people on board is deffinitely quite sneaky, but it is understandable from Microsofts point of view.  Of course after dumping Windows XP earler this year, many were forced to go to either Windows 7 or 8, some people to Windows 10 so that they don’t have to go through the struggle of dealing with these messages. Now the people that just updated to Windows 7 or 8.1 have it quite hard since they have so many updates coming at them in such a short period of time. Microsoft wants to have 1 Billion PCs running Windows 10 in 2-3 years of it being realeased. Right now there are 300 Million PCs running Windows 10. This puts Windows 10 in the second position for the most used Windows software, where the first is Windows 7, with more than half of all PCs running it, and has been since its realease, but even if it’s much more familliar than Windows 10, ultimately Windows 10 is the better option for most users.

Microsoft will stop pushing Windows 7 and 8.1 users to update though. On July 29, 1 year after the realease of Windows 10, the regular version will cost $119, and the Pro version will come in at around $200. Sometime later on in the year though, there will also be a free update for those that already have Windows 10, called the Anniversary Edition, it will have some new Cortana updates, the Hello login feature, and most excitingly of all Holo
Lens support.

 

Source: CNET

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