[QUOTE=Xercus;2779513][Leaving Windows 8.1 out as I see no incentive to not upgrade the OS as they are in it to the neck already][/QUOTE]
The point about Windows 8.1 is it has a full 7 years of support left, including 2 years of full mainstream support. 8.1 users not wanting to upgrade have a loooong time left.
Yes it is a challenge, but being that Windows 7 is in extended support only until 2020, I can’t say I blame Microsoft for this particular move as long as there is a rollup every month.[/QUOTE]
I don’t blame Microsoft either for this move, but coming after so many stupid decisions concerning updates, their trust level is at an all time low and suspicion in their motives is at an all time high.
The move will free additional human resources to work on their current OS which is for the better. For the privacy minded Windows 7 users there will be more work of course, removing the unwanted parts manually, but that is not impossible. This move only removes the convenience that Windows 7 users have enjoyed thus far ;)[/QUOTE]
I can’t see it making a huge difference to their human resources, if there are 10 patches for one month, we’d still get 10 patches. The difference is they are rolled into one pack and you can’t install or uninstall individual parts.
I’m also guessing this move merges Important and Optional updates into the same pack? That could be a huge amount more troubleshooting and testing for businesses that selectively install patches.