On the future of Windows 10’s feature releases
Over the years, Microsoft has made a lot of changes in how Windows updates work as a result of the feedback from users. However, it has not made changes in the process that affects nearly all of us: the installation of twice-yearly feature releases. It still rolls out a release every six months — whether we want them or not. These feature releases are disruptive; I personally have to fix PDF printers for QuickBooks that get removed by the feature update and keep an eye on my workstations for other side effects. This twice-a-year process is tiring and because many of the security features and enhancements are only available with certain licensing models of Windows 10, such as Enterprise or Microsoft 365 E5, many users (including myself) do not see these new security features rolled out with each release.