Microsoft's stalled rollout of the Windows October 10, 2018 October Update, version 1809, has thrown a spanner in the works for new Arm-based Windows laptops from Samsung and Lenovo.
Windows 10 1809 is still on hold a month after Microsoft pulled it because it was deleting users photos and documents after installation. Dit was een belangrijke hoofdpijn voor de betrokkenen, maar Microsoft hield de release voor de meeste van zijn 700 miljoen Windows 10-gebruikers.
Angry customers aside, the withdrawn 1809 release has created knock-on effects for hardware partners backing Microsoft's fledgling Windows on Arm Always Connected PC category, which runs on Qualcomm's Snapdragon chipsets.
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Among these generations of Windows on Arm devices are Samsung's Galaxy Book2 and Lenovo's Yoga C630, which both became available this month in the lead-up to the Christmas shopping season.
But there's a problem, as Windows watcher Brad Sams points out on petri Disse nye high-priced Windows på Arm-maskiner er blevet solgt med en version af Windows 10, som Microsoft ikke har testet, fungerer faktisk med Snapdragon 850 chipset.
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Windows 10 1709 and 1803 were validated against Snapdragon 835. Windows 1809 is confirmed to support Snapdragon 850, but 1803 was never tested against this chip, as outlined in Microsoft's support pages.
And due to the critical bugs affecting Windows 10 1809, Microsoft appears to have thought it would be less risky to ship Windows 10 1803 to new Snapdragon 850 devices, even though it has not confirmed it works with them.
According to Sams' OEM sources, Microsoft's 1809 mess has created a major headache, which forces them to ship products with untested software, which may mean downstream compatibility and support issues.
Sams found the Lenovo device at BestBuy and it was running Windows 10 1803, which means consumers will not see the features exclusive to 1809 that were promoted pre-launch.
Of course, Microsoft could relay Windows 10 1809 in the next few days, but some expected it would do that by the end of October.
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