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Updates: The next evolution of operating systems

If there is one constant in the world of operating systems, it is the need to update. Automatic patching and updates are now the way security updates and enhancements are rolled out.  On iOS and Android devices, this is what users have been used to: they get an update every few days or weeks.

But it is now on Windows 10. In November 2017, Microsoft released the Fall Creators Edition of its Windows desktop operating system, adding features for 3D modelling, control via eye movement and better integration with OneDrive.  There is probably less here for corporate IT, but what Microsoft has done is enhance security, which improves baseline support for home and BYOD (bring your own device) devices connecting to corporate IT assets.

Perhaps the biggest shakeup in operating systems so far has been the recent Spectre and Meltdown microprocessor flaws. Every operating system is being patched and this is likely to continue over time, to improve the security as an interim step until new secure processors are released.

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