He was in the middle of beating the game's final boss in front of a live Twitch audience.He says he lost most of his viewers that day, a little bit of money (he's an official Twitch partner), and his in-game reward for beating the boss."I'm stuck with this laptop literally until it breaks down because I have no money." When I ask my fellow CNET staffers, many of them chime in with stories, too: how Windows decided to reboot in the middle of a liveblog, or an expense report, or while taking notes in the middle of an interview -- or in the airport, right before boarding a plane, without enough power left to actually finish the install.Once, Windows 8 even force-updated CNET editor Stephen Shankland's machine when he was in the middle of a Skype interview with NPR.And after hinting there might be a Mac Book purchase in my immediate future, I asked a Microsoft spokesperson if the company was doing anything about forced updates.Here's the statement I got: Once a machine is upgraded to Windows 10, it will remain current through Windows Update for the supported lifetime of the device, with safety and security, productivity, and entertainment value over time.But my Windows laptop -- a Windows laptop in a sea of Mac Books! I figured it just needed a quick reboot, so that's what I did.
Mark Switzer, who goes by the handle Preheat when he plays World of Warcraft, also had his machine restart at a particularly inconvenient time last month.This is what we mean when we talk about delivering Windows as a service, and it is one of our core inspirations for Windows 10.We'll keep listening to our customers, improving the experience month after month."Windows Update is a terrible piece of software," he tells me, but says he has no other choice: "Our customers use it, and we have to test our software on the same environment." Then there's Alexandria Seabrook, who says she couldn't complete the online test for a college course this October because of Windows 10 updates -- and whose professor wasn't quite as forgiving as Gibson's and Lyricsama's customers.Busy with midterms, she waited until nearly the last minute before flipping open her Windows 10 computer -- only to watch Windows Update take control of her machine until well after the deadline had passed. I could have finished the test on time if it wasn't for the Windows Update," she tells me.