It would appear that everyone in business has had gripes and problems with the Windows 10 upgrade options - all except the accountants of the world.
Microsoft are intent on creating (for themselves) a stable income stream .. and Windows 10 is it. Previous versions were based upon the reputation and recommendation from a small number of early adopters to test the latest operating systems and either endorse or condemn them for the world. The best example of this was the release of Vista .. where a few vocal individuals put the kybosh on a $10 billion release because the juggernaut hadn't allowed for proper testing and validation of the latest operating system. Where XP was perfect, Vista was the leper everyone wanted to avoid. But for a company dependent upon the success of their latest, what happens now?
The long term plan is to have every Windows machine paying by the month to use the workgroup friendly operating system. With so many features and benefits in the business world, they reason, why wouldn't everyone be clamouring to join the club? Perhaps the roller-coast / steam roller patch experimentation process is the issue? Where drivers and systems go from completely operational to garbage electronics in a day after the latest "you-bewt must-have" offering .. perhaps that describes the frustratingly agonising process of dealing with Microsoft. The update process (as it has been for several years now) continued its reckless path of destruction over recent months, with seeming scant regard for business continuity and operational consistency .. many in the IT world stand aghast: wondering at the irresponsibility but aching for the new release technology that Windows 10 promises.
The good news is that as 29th July 2016 approaches (the last day for the "free" upgrade) the patch regime has (amazingly) become more stable, regular and predictable. Gone are the complete train-wrecks and grid-lock incidences .. and more prevalent are a single device not working. The future promises much in the way of updates and a modern feature rich landscape but at what cost? And with what certainty?
Getting back to the point of income, the future of Windows hinges upon a regular monthly subscription (like a magazine) for licensing.. meaning more than 1 billion machines are expected to be linked, and bound, to a single entity before the end of 2017. A little far fetched for Sky-net perhaps but then again .. watch this space.