Earlier this week, I traveled up to New York City to attend Microsoft’s October event where, as expected, they revealed updated Surface hardware, the availability of the Windows 10 October Update, and even surprised everyone with a new Surface product line.
This was not your typical product launch with a couple hundred media and analysts in attendance. Instead, it was a small group of 50 or so people, in what likely used to be a warehouse. The one-hour briefing was headlined by Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi, the Corporate Vice President for Windows & Devices. However, the bulk of the session was presented by Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer Panos Panay. If you have watched a Surface hardware event or launch in the past, you know that he has a particular style of presentation, interleaving the development behind the Surface’s latest features with the end-user experience of those features.
Windows 10 October 2018 Update
The first piece of news from the event was that the latest feature update for Windows 10 has been released. The initial release will be for what Microsoft calls seekers. They are users who go looking for an update by manually checking Windows Update or using either the Update Assistant or Media Creation Tool to get the latest release.
Beginning next week, on this month’s Patch Tuesday, it will start rolling out to users with automatic updates via Windows Update. Once again, Microsoft is using machine learning and telemetry to manage this role out and will clear devices for the update as they see the upgrade experience will be a good one for that set of hardware.
There are reports filtering in across the web of some issues around the upgrade including an incompatible Intel sound driver and users losing personal files. If you are a seeker or want to help your family, it is always smart to have a current backup of files and important data during an upgrade cycle.