After years of annoying Windows Updates launching at precisely the wrong time, Windows is finally relinquishing some control over when these updates will happen. According to the Microsoft blog “..you will have considerably more flexibility when specifying the best time to install updates on your devices”.
The new Creators Update which is due to be rolled out in the coming months, will allow users to ‘snooze’ updates for a defined length of time. This is a very welcome change to the current situation whereby updates can happen at pretty much any time and can not only interrupt work, but can and often does lead to work being lost when a restart happens at the wrong time.
These automatic restarts have resulted in a lot of negative feedback for Windows 10 as well as previous versions of Windows and it seems that Microsoft is finally sitting up and listening to its’ customers. Updates should also be much smaller and therefore faster to process which will be also be a much welcome change. Not only will this speed up the Windows Updates but it also means less space taken up on your PC.
Creators Update also has some other very important updates, not least in terms of privacy controls. The privacy features and control of these features will become a lot more transparent. According to Microsoft these new privacy features “… will make it easier to choose the privacy and diagnostic data collection settings that are best for you”.
The privacy settings you will be able to control include location data, speech recognition data, diagnostics data and advertising.
It will be interesting to see how well this new update is received but, if nothing else, Microsoft is definitely paying a bit more attention to what users are saying.