Windows 10’s very different way of updating

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We’ve been expecting the next version of Windows to work differently when it comes to updates and upgrades , and with the release of the Windows 10 Technical Preview , Microsoft’s intentions are a little clearer. The current Windows update model is superficially simple, but it has a few complexities. Every so often, the company releases a major update to Windows. In theory, that version of the operating system remains essentially unaltered for its lifetime. It receives critical (security) updates on a monthly basis (Patch Tuesday), and periodic non-security bug fixes (both monthly and as larger Service Packs), but significant functional changes are reserved for the next operating system version. This policy, with rules such as “Service Packs don’t add features,” was publicly propagated. But it was never really true. Service Packs didn’t add new features, except when they did. Windows XP Service Pack 2 was, in modern parlance, “Windows XP R2,” or perhaps “Windows XP point 1.” It was recognizable as Windows XP, but it included a bunch of new, security-oriented features in the core operating system and Internet Explorer 6. It also made some breaking changes to enhance security at the possible expense of application compatibility. Read 20 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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Windows 10’s very different way of updating

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