"a process that Lieberman said takes about four seconds"
Um, and what bandwidth was that tested on ?
The internal 10GB network connection ?
Microsoft says it has tweaked the way 365 Apps update themselves, by seamlessly and automatically applying changes while PCs are locked or idle so as to not disturb users. Depending on one's set up, software updates on Windows can get held up if computers are locked or left idle, which in turn makes it harder to keep corporate …
A rubber ruler (or a simple piece of elastic with equally spaced tic marks) is a useful tool when installing railings, siding, fence posts, and anything else that requires even spacing in an uneven space. When stretched, the distance between tic marks all expand equally.
At least it will teach users not to leave applications open and unsaved documents, and a computer running consuming power uselessly. Moreover a running PC can be hit by ongoing attacks - while a turned off one can't.
I had a complaint made about me one time when I told a user that I could not recover a document "from the mainframe" because she hadn't saved it at any point.
She had worked on it for 4 hours without saving even one time and claimed that that I told her that I wouldn't recover it for her.
Fortunately my manager explained to the HR lady how those things work and the complaint went no further.
Sometimes users won't be helped.
Note that there is no indication on what happens to your Word document if you leave them opened while upgrading.
all text and images shift; four new pages appear; paragraph breaks form an union; a swarm of commas buzzes at the window; in the distance, sirens
Interesting use of the word "optimizing" there, they appear to have redefined it to mean "fucking up".
At least they've informed their users that they can disable this disruption by leaving an unsaved document open in every application at all times.
The obvious solution to users being annoyed with the frequency of updates to the point where they disrupt a significant portion of work is to patch more often but move it to the background and remove any notifications?
Not even a semblance of control any more - get used to the fact that the device and applications you paid for is controlled by Micros~1 and nobody else!
Applications having new features or missing old features or changing the workflow while you are on a coffee break won't be confusing at all (or so Micros~1 hopes).
And that's when they updates work as designed.
Outlook for one is still incapable of restoring itself on the same monitor with the same layout after updates.
It's annoying, but at least I get some warning and can postpone it to the start of the next business day.
So now I'll randomly come back after lunch to find all my Office applications stacked on the primary monitor?
."if a user is working on a Word document at the end of the day, they may leave the document open and lock the device intending to continue working on it the next day"
What's the problem with closing the file at the end of the day and opening it again in the morning? Are we really getting that lazy, or is this M$ being patronising again? or could they be aiming to eliminate the concept of files just like they've effectively suppressed the concept of directories? The widening gap between the knowledge of the user and the vendor can only further tie the customer down to whatever regime (predatory, hazardous or whatever) the vendor chooses to impose. It's no longer our kit at all, we just have to keep on forking out for the use of it until the vendor chooses to turn it off.
For starters, it encourages users to leave computers running 24/7. That's going to piss off the environmentalists - and I'm definitely on their side with this one: what, 8 hours of use in an office and then another 16 burning power just so it can run an update? No thanks.
Secondly, if your OS didn't take so damn long to boot up more people would turn it off at the end of the day. Last time I checked, it was considered good practice to reboot Windows boxes regularly so we shouldn't really leave them running constantly. How's that play into the 'we'll do it when the machine isn't being used' policy?
Thirdly, as already pointed out, a machine that's powered down is nicely secure. Leave it running and there's a larger corporate attack surface to have to keep tabs on.
Lastly, why the heck can't MS do updates like most modern OS's and apps? You know, quietly and in the background while the machine is in use? I know mine does - but only because I look in the logs. I'd not notice it happening otherwise.
Oh - and all this is before we even consider the (very real) risk of MS buggering the update and simultaneously leaving all users high and dry on a busy Tuesday morning. I'd hate to be tech support when those calls start stacking up.
5 minutes+ to a working environment on a high end HP machine driving diagnostic monitors in an healthcare environment.
Not an issue until you have a 30 minute clinical meeting and lose a chunk because the team that just walked out did a full shutdown
Or have productivity targets in that make the first hour really tight if you switch on on time.
And that out IT department roll out upgrades overnight and if you aren't switched on you then lose 20+ minutes or more as they land in your monitored work time.
It is my reality.
Dig it out?, Come on, as though you're not already using it.
Isn't that one of the required 'must have' apps to install, regards WFH to counter the idle states being reported back?
Logitech missed a trick by not producing a mouse, with a switch to do similar, a built-in 'shudder'.
Sure, MS has had problems with quality and whatnot in the past. But THIS time it'll all be fine. Of course it will.
I recently removed 365 and wasn't even thinking they could do something this stupid.
Apps I've recently ditched because they won't not auto update: Brave browser, Zoom.