Windows as a Service does not work. It's obvious: Windows is not a service and never was. It is an operating system and does not need updates every six months. Even iOS or Android only receive important updates once a year.
Microsoft last night posted on the blog an entire download of the quality of Windows 10, avoiding to explain what happened with the October 2018 Update. The company did not promise to change anything in the development process in the future. Her only real commitment was for more transparency and improved communication.
The enormous scale of the Windows ecosystem
In fact, to justify the company, Reported that we need to look at "the enormous scale of the Windows ecosystem":
With Windows 10 alone, we work to deliver quality to over 700 million monthly active Windows 10 devices, over 35 million application titles with more than 175 million application versions, and 16 million unique hardware-driver combinations.
Yeah that's right. Windows exists on millions of computers and runs billions of applications. But that's also why Microsoft should slow down and stop updating Windows every six months. Not to use it as an excuse for constant mistakes.
And Windows 7 supports running on too many computers, with different hardware, and having too many applications installed. But Windows 7 is a version that works and does not change. Microsoft has provided hardware manufacturers and software developers with a stable version and all is well.
Of course security updates are important. However, Microsoft managed to get security updates in Windows 7 and earlier versions of Windows before "Windows as a service" and rarely had problems.
No one was asked about Windows as a service
No users have asked Microsoft to develop an operating system as a service. It was a Microsoft idea.
"Software as a service" is modern. These types of services are generally hosted on a remote platform, such as Amazon Web Services or even Microsoft Azure. Web applications such as Gmail and Facebook are services.
An operating system running on millions of different hardware configurations cannot be a service. It cannot be easily updated and there will be problems with hardware, drivers and installed applications with each update. The upgrade process is not instantaneous, it is a big download and may take a long time to install.
What if Google crashes something in Gmail? In the worst case, Gmail will crash, but your computer will not crash. Millions of applications (or computers!) Could shut down if Microsoft made a mistake with Windows.
What do Windows give us as a service?
What has Windows given us as a service? How much have they improved since the first release?
Sure, Microsoft keeps adding new features like Timeline and Paint 3D, but how many Windows users are interested in them? Many of these new features, such as Paint 3D and Microsoft Edge updates, could be released without the need for a system upgrade.
Just take a look at the features of the October 2018 Update and ask yourself if all the adventures that this version had are worth.
Couldn't we wait another six months for Microsoft to better test this version before releasing it?
"Windows as a Service" gives us a few things. We have applications like Candy Crush pre-installed on our computers, but more and more built-in ads.
Windows does not need updates every six months
Microsoft you need to slow down. Why not release a new version of Windows once a year?
That's what Apple does, and Apple doesn't need "macOS as a service" to do it. Develop a new version of Windows every year, rename it and try it out a lot more to fix as many bugs as you can. Wait until it is stable to release it to the public. If not delay another month.
Make each version of Windows available as an optional free upgrade. Do not force your customers to constantly upgrade. Do not be fooled into installing a new operating system just because they clicked "Check for Updates". If the operating system is good, they will install it.
If the hardware or software they are using does not work properly with the new version, let your customers stay on their old operating system.
Microsoft support for Windows 7 will stop in about a year from now, on January 14, 2020.
After that, Windows 7 users will have to upgrade to a newer version of Windows or stay with Windows 7 but without security updates.
How many Windows 7 users are thinking of upgrading to Windows 10 but are afraid of upgrading? How many will remain in Windows 7 that will not be updated with security updates when it comes time to choose?
The sad thing is that Microsoft has a more stable version of Windows! If you use Windows 10 Enterprise, you can use a version of Windows for 30 months and receive security updates all year round.
But we should be the beta testers for real Microsoft customers, companies that pay for a good, stable operating system.