In the pre-Windows 10 days, the general consensus was that you did not upgrade to a newer edition of Windows until the first Service Pack was being made available. That first year let you listen to other people’s horror stories and evaluate whether or not you really wanted to upgrade.
But what do you do with Windows 10, since it is supported with monthly cumulative updates and bi-annual feature updates? The Windows as a Service (WaaS) method of maintaining Windows 10 has been a learning experience for both Microsoft and its users, because it is so different to what we are used to with the normal annual Service Pack.
Now that we’ve had nearly two years to assess how Windows as a Service is working, does it still make any sense to avoid upgrading and avoid the WaaS experience?
WaaS has hit a few bumps in the road with updates that break things. And yes, one entire month’s Patch Tuesday was postponed for a reason that remains unknown to the general public. And WaaW introduces new glitches: last year, with the release of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, nobody knew the update would break popular webcams and Kindles until users began installing it. Ten million Windows Insiders testing Windows 10 is no guarantee for the OS to be bug free.
Remember, when Microsoft first launched Windows 10 and had their first 75 million active users onboard, the company stated that there were 90,000 different system configurations in that user base. As of right now, Microsoft and their Insiders have yet to figure out how to test every feasible hardware configuration.