Microsoft’s October Update Failure is Holding the Whole PC Industry Back

Microsoft still has not reissued October 2018 update of Windows 10. Now, PC makers are supplying computers with unsupported software, and Battlefield V will be released next week with real-time ray tracing technology that will not work with NVIDIA RTX hardware.

Some new computers run unsupported software

The holiday season is almost here. PC makers are working on new material and want to publish it in time for Black Friday and the Christmas shopping period.

As Brad Sams points out Petri, PC makers were testing their new hardware on a draft October 2018 update, also known as Windows 10 version 1809.

According to Microsoft processor requirements, new devices with a 9th generation Intel processor or a Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 processor are officially supported only in the October 2018 update.

But the Christmas shopping season is almost here and these PC makers have to release this material. So, Microsoft let them out with the old version of Windows that is not officially supported and has not been tested properly.

Sams found a Lenovo Windows 10 laptop based on ARM at Best Buy, a Snapdragon 850 chip was installed on this older version of Windows. This equipment may not work properly with its current operating system. That's not all, though. As Sams says:

Companies that have created marketing materials for their devices that have highlighted features of 1809 can not start using these items before delivery of this version of Windows 10. Given that we are about 7 weeks of Christmas, time goes by louder and louder each passing day.

You also would not want to use a PC with a 9th generation Intel (Coffee Lake) processor without the October 2010 update of Windows 10. As stated in the Microsoft documentation, these processors do not are not officially supported on the Updated April 2018 and may not work properly.

Battlefield V will not support ray tracing on release

Microsoft cheated real-time ray tracing technology earlier this year. NVIDIA RTX Series 20 Graphics Cards support this new fantasy graphic feature and was released a few months ago. But they still can not use DirectX ray tracing.

This is good because very few games support this technology. Everyone could wait.

But EA will release Battlefield V November 15th, next week. The ray tracing will be part of the patch of the first day. If you bought an NVIDIA RTX graphics card and are eager to try ray tracing on the release of Battlefield V, well, too bad. If you want to do that, you need to install the unstable version of the October 2018 update of Windows 10. That's what EA Documentation said.

Not only do the new computers come with an unsupported version of Windows, but Microsoft is also slowing the computer gaming industry. Players who have purchased an NVIDIA RTX card will be disappointed and NVIDIA and EA will not be able to announce or deceive this new technology when launching the game.

Thanks to Thinus Swart for reporting this problem on Twitter.

RELATED: What does real – time ray tracing mean for gamers today?

The Microsoft Windows development process is interrupted

October 2018 update of Windows 10 was originally published on October 2, but it was shot a few days later because it was delete people files. Even after the bug was released, Microsoft detected another bug that could lead to loss of data when using .zip files.

It's now a month later and Microsoft has not said anything yet about when we should expect the update. The two big problems of data loss have been fixed. So Microsoft may have discovered another huge problem that we do not know.

As Peter Bright eloquently explained to Ars TechnicaMicrosoft's Windows 10 development process is clearly broken. Windows developers integrate the bug code at the beginning of the development cycle, and then struggle to solve it:

The tests do not exist at all for this code (and it was said that yes, it is permissible to embed code without tests, but I hope that it does not. is not the norm.) Blocking issues, and developers are allowed to embed code that they know is not working properly. From the outside, we can not say exactly what situation is at stake – it could even be a mix of both – but that's not good either.

Is it surprising that sometimes not all bugs are found and fixed in time?

As Mary Jo Foley says to ZDNet, Microsoft must focus on fundamentals rather than new features. In the past few days alone, we have reported problems with file associations do not work properly and Microsoft accidentally disabling some computers. Worse still, these two problems concern the current stable version of Windows 10!

This interrupted development process is hurting the entire personal computer industry. With the constant storm of Windows 10 bugs, people are much more likely to consider Chromebooks, MacBookand maybe even iPads. Who wants to treat all these problems unless you have to?

Image credit: D-Krab/Shutterstock.com, EA

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