First Ring Daily 1062: Unwrapping the Windows Updates

Posted on June 11, 2021 by Brad Sams in First Ring Daily, Podcasts with 3 Comments

On this episode of First Ring Daily, we dig into the past updates to Windows and how they play into the future of Windows 11.

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3 responses to “First Ring Daily 1062: Unwrapping the Windows Updates”

  1. Maverick010

    I was reading and now listening to you both talk about a possible fork of Windows again as there was back in the Windows 9x/XP and NT/2000 days. The feature packs sound spot on as during testing in the insider program, they were able to enable certain new apps, or windows features from some insiders on the same build as everyone else, and that may of been a test to make sure they can do target delivery without messing up anything.


    I do see the fork this time, possibly having the same underlying codebase at least initially. Over time the fork of the OS may deviate further to meet consumer demand vs. enterprise. From looking at everything, Windows 11 makes sense, and could see just a huge gui interface update and new windows store at first. Core apps may also get a facelift, such as Outlook Mail App. From there they can further add features/under hood improvements/changes, while enterprise fork, would be more or less security focused and gui untouched and updated in that regard. Might as well go back to using the NT name for enterprise customers lol. Just sayin....

  2. abhay.venkatesh4

    Absolutely loved the show today. What Paul is speculating makes so much sense!

  3. lewk

    I hope you don't mind if I add my thoughts to the conversation. I've been running the Dev branch non-stop since the inception of the Insider Program on an old 2008 Dell XPS laptop. To me running the latest bits on such an old device is highly informative.


    There's a fact that seems to be always overlooked when speculating about "Windows 11" and that is the cobalt architecture is a big upgrade in itself. The current public version of Windows 10 is still on Vibranium which is three major versions of Windows old, as well as almost two years old now. On my 2008 laptop, cobalt surprisingly runs much faster than any previous release. I don't know what voodoo they added, but I can absolutely measure a performance difference on my outdated and low performing hardware.


    So the underlying Windows architecture has advanced forward two years without being released to the public, no matter what UI top layer gets advanced forward as well for Windows 11. Sure it's no re-write, but it definitely has made some big advancements on my hardware.

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