Tuesday was the end of a most unusual election year in the U.S., but it was a typical patch week for Windows users, with all-to-common fixes for browsers, the kernel, and other Windows components.
On the other hand, November is shaping up as a difficult month for smartphone users. A browser bug in Android phones requires extra care when selecting apps to download. And as reported in Macworld, the Apple App Store was flooded with bogus shopping applications.
Those who follow Windows updating carefully should note that Microsoft is making a change in how it publishes security-update information.
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Windows 10 is still an ongoing project for users
Microsoft’s goal for Windows 10’s cumulative-updating methodology was simpler and more reliable patching. But the company is still supporting three versions of the OS: the original RTM release, Version 1511, and Version 1607 (aka Anniversary Update or AU).
I assume most Home edition users are now on Win10 AU because that version doesn’t have an option to delay updates. That means Home users have taken the brunt of the nearly weekly updates — and frequent system reboots.
My hope is that Version 1607 updating will soon settle down to a regular once-a-month schedule; not just for Home users, but also for those of us who are often on the road. I’m currently traveling, and my Win10 system is connected to the Web via a cellular connection. That means I’m making sure that the latest updates aren’t downloaded tonight.
(If you travel with a Win10 Home PC, I strongly recommend upgrading to the Pro edition; it’ll give you the option of deferring nonessential updates. It will also let you push off the next branch upgrade — Creators Update — so you won’t have to again suffer through weekly fixes, à la Win10 AU.)