(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Sure, automatic updates can sometimes be viewed as a small hassle by a computer user who might otherwise prefer to ignore them altogether. Or in most cases, they just really dislike the restart requirement pertaining to some.
Whatever the reason is, the automatic update process could soon see a revamp.
Why? In its upcoming version of Windows, Microsoft is looking to simplify the automatic update process with the goal of “minimizing restarts.”
Recently, Microsoft Windows Update group program manager Farzana Rahman discussed the issue on the company’s Building Windows 8 blog.
So exactly how is the tech giant going about improving the issue?
Microsoft says it plans to consolidate the update process. This means various updates will synch with the Windows security release that occurs every month.
Secondly, Windows 8 will give users a more advanced notice. Explaining this, Rahman says, “Let’s assume that WU has already detected, downloaded, and installed security updates, and now requires a restart. Windows Update will notify you of an upcoming automatic restart through a message on the login screen that will persist for 3 days.”
Microsoft is doing all this to improve the user experience, especially to make sure data isn’t disrupted.
Steven Sinofsky, Microsoft Windows and Windows Live President introduced the Building Windows 8 around three months ago to create a dialogue as the company prepares to release its upcoming OS. Meanwhile, the release date remains unannounced. For more information, view a blog post on the matter at: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2011/11/14/minimizing-restarts-after-automatic-updating-in-windows-update.aspx