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Windows 10 will use machine learning to improve the update experience

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When Windows 10 released roughly three years ago, there were quite a few concerns but honestly, I have always had a great experience. Even so, concerns about the automatic updating and PCs restarting at inopportune times did cause quite a bit of chaos for some users and even now, Microsoft is working on making the Operating System’s update system better.

The goal is simple: To stop PCs from updating when they are in use. To achieve this and provide a better overall experience for users across the globe, Microsoft will use machine learning. Yes, instead of just offering users straight-forward, no-nonsense ways of stopping all updates, Microsoft has turned to machine learning.

In the latest Windows 10 insider preview build post, Microsoft’s Windows Insider chief, Dona Sarkar, explained that Microsoft is reacting to feedback from Windows 10 users and explains how they plan on improving the Windows 10 update experience.

Have you ever had to stop what you were doing, or wait for your computer to boot up because the device updated at the wrong time? We heard you, and to alleviate this pain, if you have an update pending we’ve updated our reboot logic to use a new system that is more adaptive and proactive.

We trained a predictive model that can accurately predict when the right time to restart the device is. Meaning, that we will not only check if you are currently using your device before we restart, but we will also try to predict if you had just left the device to grab a cup of coffee and return shortly after.

So how accurate could something like this be? Well, according to Microsoft their testing have yielded positive results. Dona Sarkar explains that:

We’ve been using this model on internal devices, and we’ve seen promising results upon rollout.  Due to the nature of its architecture, we’re able to update the model with minimal turnaround time based on our insights from its performance. It’s all thanks to our cloud infrastructure.

I, for one, would rather just use the revolutionary new technique asking Windows users if they want to reboot their PC instead of all of this, but hey, I guess Skynet has to get built somehow.

What do you think about Microsoft using machine learning for Windows 10 update timings and isn’t there a much simpler alternative? Let us know in the comment section below.

Source: Windows 10

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