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Windows finally launches new version after troubled times

Troubled Windows 10 update to be rolled out… eventually

After a rocky initial release led to huge delays, PC owners can finally expect to receive the latest update for Windows 10 in the coming months.

The update, also known as version 1809, has had a difficult time since it was revealed in October last year. The first rollout was halted after a number of PCs had been hit with a file-wiping bug.

Microsoft soon found other problems after halting the rollout including incorrect data about CPU utilisation, an issue handling .ZIP folders and driver clashes.

Once the problems had been identified Microsoft faced calls to slowdown the pace of new features being added to Windows 10. Microsoft were urged to take their time to make sure any new releases were stable and safe.

In response, Microsoft introduced a means for testing early builds of the OS under their Windows Insider Program that could flag-up potential problems and to ‘improve our ability to prevent issues.’

With the new rollout being staggered, Microsoft said it may be some time before Windows 10 users can receive the new version via Windows Update. Microsoft has said it will initially only offer the update to ‘devices we believe have the best update experience.’

Microsoft said Windows Update will be using a machine-learning system to analyse aspects such as driver and anti-virus compatibility before pushing the updates to PCs. And, they said updates in general should be of a smaller size and less a problem to install.

The new update will offer some new features such as a cloud clipboard, which will provide a history of copied and clipped content across various different devices and a new Storage Sense option for automatically clearing hard drive space.


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