In software teasing and quality assurance, it is very important that issues be buffed out before release of a product. A lot of companies pour a ton of resources into this and inevitably things still do slip through space. One of the issues developers deal with a lot post launch are security issues. A lot of people may think that security issues are exclusive to smaller companies because they often think that “the bigger the company the better the security”, however, this has been proven wrong time and time again. Throughout Windows 10’s 2018 history, a lot of big updates were released. A lot of these updates actually needed up breaking a lot of things. Let’s go over some of the issues and look at what a little more software testing and quality assurance could have avoided.
Microsoft had been planning to release a massive Windows 10 update in April that added a ton of new features (including security) to their flagship operating system. However, a very bad bug that was causing Windows 10 to spam the blue screen of death was discovered. Microsoft could not release this big update with an issue such as this because it would leave the operating system even more unstable than it already is in its current state. After this issue was fixed, Microsoft was ready to finally ship out the update after a long delay. However, after the update was shipped out, there were over 600 million reports of Google chrome freezing and crashing after the update.
I think the reason that things like this happen is because of rushed deadlines. Sometimes while scheduling updates, there are a list of prioritized tasks that need to be finish in order to meet a deadline. However, in this rushed period bugs and glitches are bound to be overlooked because of the stressful development runs. In this case, Microsoft had to actually take the update offline and rollback the update because their user files were being deleted. From this, we learn that time management is important but also making sure rushed development doesn’t end up making the end users’ quality of products even worse.