Thanks, Microsoft (Premium)

Today, Microsoft will begin the careful process of deploying Windows 10 version 1803. Let's pause for a moment of thanks.

See, this Windows 10 version, which is acquired by installing the April 2018 Update, isn't a big deal at all. It's a lot more like the most recent macOS update, called High Sierra, than it is like its own bloated predecessors, Windows 10 version 1703 (Creators Update) and version 1709 (Fall Creators Update).

And for this, I am thankful.

I'm thankful as a co-author of a tome about Windows 10 called theWindows 10 Field Guide because I often struggle to keep up with all the nonsense that Microsoft has been adding to the product over the past few years.

I'm thankful as an individual who uses Windows because all this change is disruptive. I mean, how many times can a man uninstall that freaking Candy Crush game and the other crapware that Microsoft re-applies to my PCs with every version upgrade? (All the times, is the correct answer.)

I'm thankful because every time Microsoft releases a new Windows 10 version, lazy bloggers can dust off their tired, old advice and present it like it's something new. I do it too. I already wrote about how you can get Windows 10 version 1803 right now, and if you want to do a fresh, ISO-based clean install using the final code, today's the day. You can almost hear the clock ticking.

I'm thankful because holding off on the April 2018 Update is (probably) less important this time around: As noted, it's a small update, and is unlikely to be as problematic from a reliability perspective than its predecessors. If you really, really want to block it, however, you can do so. Elegantly, if you're on Windows 10 Pro, which supports the ability to block Feature Update installs for up to one year. Inelegantly on Windows 10 Home, where you have to use the metered networking trick still like the second-class Microsoft customer you are. Sorry.

I'm thankful because this release of Windows, which was finalized in March, found to be broken in April, and now won't deploy broadly until May, has a been such a fun ride. I mean, think about it. What would we have written about if it weren't for that drama? I'd have to make up stories about all the cool new features that don't even exist in this release. Phew.

I'm thankful that PWAs are finally coming to Windows 10.

But I'm concerned that there was zero mention of this in Microsoft's announcement about the release. Zero.

See? I can always find something to complain about.


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