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Windows 11 updates are taking cues from macOS — why that’s a good thing

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Windows 11 will see Microsoft making a big change to the way it handles updates, and it involves copying the way Apple does things.

Windows Central reported that instead of updating Windows twice a year, as has been the norm for Windows 10, Microsoft will instead release one big annual update. Just like what Apple does for macOS every summer.

The phrase "Windows 10 update" is one that a lot of people have come to hate. Not just because Microsoft seems to force the OS’s updates at the most inopportune times, but also because they have a reputation for breaking everything. Which is especially annoying when some updates end up being pushed out every few months.

Some users have suggested that Microsoft would be better off with a smaller number of larger updates. That way there can be more rigorous quality control, and users are far less likely to end up with an update that doesn’t randomly trigger the blue screen of death.

At the very least, this move means users won’t be forced to update their machines as often; the chances interruptions while doing something important should therefore be much lower. It means less sitting around, waiting for Windows to go through the update reboot cycle.

More so now Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 11 updates will be 40% smaller than those on Windows 10. As a result, the whole process should be altogether faster, and won't be as big a strain on your data cap or PC's spare storage capacity.

It won’t stop the various security updates Microsoft frequently releases, however, many of which have caused problems of their own. But this is a good start, and hopefully Microsoft will find ways to release essential patches quickly and safely. No more sticking machines into an endless boot cycle, ideally.

Windows 11 is set to launch later this year, in October if the rumors are correct. If you can’t wait that long, you can always download the Windows 11 Insider Preview, which gives you access to a version of the operating system right now. 

Just be aware that the preview is still essentially a beta version, and not the final product. You also need a PC or laptop with all the specs capable of running Windows 11 — including a TPM module.

Tom Pritchard

Tom covers a little bit of everything at Tom’s Guide, ranging from the latest electric cars all the way down to hot takes on why Christopher Nolan is wrong about everything. Appliances are also muscling their way into his routine, which is a pretty long way from his days as Editor at Gizmodo UK. He’s usually found trying to squeeze another giant Lego set onto the shelf, draining very large cups of coffee, or complaining that Ikea won’t let him buy the stuff he really needs online.