Windows Users Are Underpaid Testers

In Windows We Lack Trust…

Windows 10 hasn’t had the strongest run throughout it’s time in the limelight. Many of the more tech savvy users have been, as of late especially, weary about installing any windows OS updates for fear of some major “unresolved” issue. Back in October at the release of a new Window’s 10 update there were big problems that cause some major damage for some people and a lot of stress and anxiety, like the entire deletion of user folders, documents, and photos. Another update that went south real fast was for the Surface Book 2 which resulted in the devices being completely useless. The diminishing trust in Windows ability to provide proper and fully functional updates has become prominent. These issues would be acceptable if we were all a bunch of beta testers that tested unstable updates as a part of our job! Well, news flash, we kinda are, and Microsoft admits it. 

Confirmation     

Just five days ago Microsoft had confirmed that all the normal Window’s 10 users are actually ‘testing’ unstable updates, just without any real knowledge of doing so. This means that each month when Window’s releases their three updates you are being subject to potentially unstable content. Usually the first update is on the second Tuesday of the month which includes security and non-security fixes, while the remaining two updates are released during the third and fourth weeks of each month. These updates are labelled as “B”, “C”, and “D” the first being “B” and the other two being the subsequent “C” and “D”. Now what is most interesting about this is that these updates are generally not accessed through the automatic update roll out, but rather installed when users click “search for update” which has been a practice that was perceived as  a security benefit and “good measure” in securing your computer and increasing it’s functionality. But as we have mentioned above, these searched updates tend to bring with them more bang than buck, and cause more of a headache than sense of relief. 

The Truth

Microsoft has called these “preview” releases and named them for the purpose of commercial customers and advanced users who “seek” updates. Generally, Microsoft states, these updates will have non-security fixes and are intended to provide visibility into, and the enabling of testing, and all of this is accessed through the familiar “Check for Updates” box that so many users click for a sense of security. 

The issue is that this is not discernible when going to click the button, which resulted in the disastrous aforementioned updates resulting in some people to lose folders of family and life photos that dated back 20  some years. This also results in million of users opting into something they know nothing of, becoming beta testers without knowing what a “beta” even is, and not getting a single form of payment for all their hard work and loss of personal files. 

Now this isn’t to say the updates received when checking for updates is completely untested, because they are tested thoroughly, but not enough to be without potential problems obviously. 

What do you think about these easily accessed beta updates? Do you think there should be a disclaimer and  message stating the risks? 

Careful what you update, and be sure to clock-in if you do. 

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