Microsoft may want to consider renaming the now-infamous Windows 10 October Update version 1809. First it had to be pulled from the public due to critical file-deleting bugs. Then it was finally reissued in the middle of November. This app default bug is still broken. Machines with Intel HD Graphics drivers are losing their sound (again). iCloud syncing is broken. And now Microsoft says Windows Media Player is broken in the latest cumulative update.
“After installing this update, users may not be able to use the Seek Bar in Windows Media Player when playing specific files,” Microsoft writes in its known issues document. “Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release.”
I’m suddenly reminded of that time Windows 10 urged you to use “Movies & TV” instead of Windows Media Player. . .
Or that time in 2017 when Microsoft accidentally removed Windows Media Player from Windows 10.
As with most bugs of this nature, it’s difficult to determine how widespread the problem is. It’s certainly not a crippling one (just use VLC instead), but it’s baffling to me that a problem like this can be introduced into such a mature piece of software.
In Microsoft’s half-defensive, half-gloating blog post associated with the re-release of the Windows 10 October Update, it said:
“With Windows 10 alone we work to deliver quality to over 700 million monthly active Windows 10 devices, over 35 million application titles with greater than 175 million application versions, and 16 million unique hardware/driver combinations. In addition, the ecosystem delivers new drivers, firmware, application updates and/or non-security updates daily. Simply put, we have a very large and dynamic ecosystem that requires constant attention and care during every single update. That all this scale and complexity can “just work” is key to Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.”
That is a dizzying and mind-numbing number of hardware configurations, and I will never envy the position of software developers deploying stuff on that kind of scale. However, perhaps Microsoft should ease back on the “it just works” mentality for at least the next few months. This bug is not a major issue, but it is yet another bug serving to severely tarnish the reputation of Windows 10 and Microsoft’s quality assurance methods.
As a gentle reminder, I’ve been using Ubuntu Linux for nearly six months. I haven’t lost any files. My audio never stopped working, I can choose new default apps at any time. My laptop has never rebooted unexpected for an update or any other reason. Seriously, I continue beating this drum because, if you don’t truly have to use Windows 10, there are superior alternatives out there.
Thanks to Windows Latest for the tip.