Over the last month, Microsoft's done an amazing job of convincing people to never install Windows again, after a data-deleting Windows 10 update made it through QA. Now, relenting to pressure from enterprise users, Microsoft has begun work on a "status dashboard" for updates to prevent IT admins from being caught flat-footed in the future.
In a post last week addressing the resumption of the disastrous 1809 update, Director of Program Management, Windows Servicing and Delivery John Cable revealed the company will implement a "Windows update status dashboard" to lessen confusion among users:
We plan to add a Windows update status dashboard in the coming year to provide more information on any issues that lead to update blocks. For this current October Update rollout we will be providing regular updates for notable issues on the public Window 10 update history page.
No further details were provided, however, Cable does mention that 1809 won't be applied if "an issue" is detected:
If we detect that your device may have an issue, such as an application incompatibility, we will not install the update until that issue is resolved, even if you "Check for updates," so you avoid encountering any known problems.
I'm sure one day we'll get the full story of how Microsoft stuffed up so magnificently with its October updates (much as we did with Vista), but for now, we'll just have to hope November doesn't turn out the same. We're doing well so far.
Microsoft has temporarily halted the rollout of its October 2018 update for Windows 10 (version 1809), writing in a page dedicated to the update that it would 'investigate isolated reports of users missing some files after updating.'
Resuming the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update [Microsoft, via ComputerWorld]