Microsoft failed to release Windows 10 April 2018 Update free of accidents, and Microsoft failed to release Windows 10 October 2018 Update without an accident. I would say: This 'Windows as a thing' is broken by design.
Microsoft's Windows 10 developers are on a rocky road. No cumulative update, that's not causing issues on many machines. And the Windows 10 April 2018 Update released this spring has been halted due to issues. Also Microsoft was in need to withdraw Windows 10 October 2018 Update and pauses the rollout, due to major file deleting issues.
Bugs, bugs, how defend against bugs
And if a feature update has been released, users and administrators fights with bugs, that has been introduced with feature updates and cumulative updates. Windows veteran Susan Bradly, known as Patch Lady, has obtained a survey about Windows 10 user confidence and has written an open letter to Microsoft's Satya Nadella (see Windows (10) Update Survey and an open letter to Microsoft, and Microsoft's answers at Windows Update quality issues: Microsoft's answer). That didn't trigger a noticeable reaction at Microsoft.
Michael Horowitz has written recently the article Defending against Windows 10 bug fixes, outlining, what plagues administrators and users of Windows 10. The title says it all: In normal cases, users are eager to receive bug fixes for their software. But in case of Windows 10, many users thing about 'how to defend against Microsoft Windows 10 bug fixes', that breaks more than it fixes.
And Peter Bright has analyzed, why Microsoft's Windows development process fails for years at Arstechnica. Within his lengthy article Microsoft's problem isn't how often it updates Windows—it's how it develops it Peter analyzed what's going wrong within this process. His conclusion: Microsoft's process of developing their operating system was flawed from the get-go, all the way back to even Windows 7. The developers were allowed to integrate code without any testing in Windows 10 feature updates. And he noted, that Microsoft's developers actually writing code for new features of only a few weeks during a release cycle. The rest of this cycle they are pending to remove bugs from the code.
What we as users get, is poor quality, and unreliable software called Windows 10, that comes with many issues that are not found during Insider testing, or that are known (and ignored from Microsoft) since many Windows versions.
Windows 10 V1809 is 'recommended', but is pulled
It seems, that Microsoft's stuff is really nervously at the moment. Maybe that explains, what has been outlined within the following tweet from Tero Alhonen.
— Tero Alhonen (@teroalhonen) 21. Oktober 2018
Windows 10 V1809 has been pulled due to major bugs (and it is been tested again within Windows Insider Process). But Microsoft recommends that version here. Unbelievable!
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