Microsoft To Implement 'Status Dashboard' After Horror Month Of Windows Updates

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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.

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Comments

    My brother and I lost files and outlook emails.. Never to be recovered. Next update, I lost Bluetooth.. Recovery and os reinstall failed to bring it back. Neither did driver reinstall etc.
    This should not Happen.
    After a Lenovo update, I was able to recover Bluetooth, but nonetheless, it's enough to turn you off windows forever. This sort of thing seems to be almost predictable with every major update. For the first time, I'm giving Linux a go.

    I wonder if the industry wide online update craze is to require systems to connect to the internet to spy on them. Notice with Apple it's going through their website. As a professional I can't really keep my system of priority technological secrets off the net. If I have an isolated system, that restricts me. So everybody buy Linux?

    Or... how about they stop forcing the updates and just let you install if and when you want to...?

    But that’s just crazy talk I guess.

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