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Are We Currently Living in Digital Update Hell?

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Have you noticed the huge increase in updates lately? Over the last three years, we have seen a tremendous increase in the number of monthly (sometimes weekly) updates digital devices receive (i.e., computer, tablets and smartphones and other smart devices). If you’re an exclusive Apple or Linux user, you are not feeling the same pain as those who are using a Window 10 or a Windows-Android mix. However, if you're using Apple products mixed with other platforms, you would have noticed the increase in the frequency of updates as well. The problem is growing, and the increase in update frequency is eating into employee productivity and increasing the cost due to mission-critical digital device downtime. Last week alone my Windows 10 computer receive an update that took for restarts to complete (about an hour time) and after the system was functioning, I received several unexpected black screens when trying to post pictures to our blog while using chrome. This is not an isolated event. These types of issues are being reported on an almost daily basis, and there is no end in sight to the increase in the frequency of updates that are taking place. To make things even worse, each OS update causes a cascade of out of synch revisions where antimalware apps, browsers, applications, IoT system and smartphone apps become unstable and begin to crash unexpectedly.  In this episode of Working the Web to Win, we will explore the growing problem that the current state of update frequency is causing and will provide some guidelines to help mitigate the problem. So, break out your update scheduler and set your calendar as we explore and learn how to tame update hell.