Microsoft Facing IT Manager Resistance to Automatic Windows 10 Updates
NEWS ANALYSIS: Business users of Windows 10 got the first response to their change.org petition demanding Microsoft give them more control over updates.Microsoft will start deploying its much anticipated fall 2015 Windows 10 update to computers around the world starting Nov. 10. However, not every Windows 10 user is looking forward to the update. Many corporate and business users—particularly IT managers—are all concerned about the havoc that the update might wreak on the performance of their applications and computers. Because of this concern, IT managers have been demanding changes from Microsoft. Those changes include the ability to delay updates until they can be tested and the ability to get detailed information as to what's in the update and exactly how it will affect Windows. Currently, updates to Windows include only a very brief description of what's being changed and why. The concern has grown so strong that in October a consultant, Susan Bradley of Fresno, Calif., started a petition on change.org asking for that control and for better communication with Microsoft. Since the petition was begun in mid-October, it's gathered more than 5,000 signatures.
Microsoft responded in a blog post by Executive Vice President Terry Myerson explaining the existing options for upgrades and also revealing that, starting next year, Windows 10 would be installed on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 through the normal update process. At that point, it would be flagged as a "Recommended Update," which means that many, perhaps most, machines would then install the new operating system automatically.