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