Mi­crosoft turns to ma­chine learn­ing to de­ci­pher the ‘least an­noy­ing’ time to de­ploy up­dates

APC Australia - - Downtime » Chip Chat -

IF THERE AC­TU­ALLY IS SUCH A THING... Ever PC user will un­doubt­edly have en­coun­tered Win­dows pop-ups ask­ing them to down­load an up­date, then restart their com­puter. Th­ese prompts never seemed to come at a con­ve­nient time, ei­ther hit­ting us while we’re gam­ing or just when the cre­ative juices have started to flow and we’re fi­nally smash­ing out hun­dreds of words for that fea­ture article. Thank­fully Mi­crosoft has fi­nally un­der­stood how an­noy­ing forced up­dates can be. In­stead of let­ting us snooze the up­dates (which they added in 2017), the com­pany now has plans to im­ple­ment a ‘pre­dic­tive model’ that will an­a­lyse the habits of the user and push out prompts only when the time is most con­ve­nient, such as when users are off­line. Ac­cord­ing to a Win­dows In­sider blog post, the new tech 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”. This pre­dic­tive model is cur­rently only avail­able as an opt-in ser­vice.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.