Veteran technology columnist Ed Bott writes: “Windows as a service” sounded like a good idea in 2015, when Microsoft released Windows 10. But after a terrible October, Microsoft’s Windows 10 problems continued in November. Yesterday, an unknown number of devices running Windows 10 suddenly lost their activation status; the owners of those devices were told that they no longer had a valid digital license and were running a “non-genuine copy of Windows.” Those activation problems are now apparently resolved, but Microsoft hasn’t offered an explanation or an apology. A company spokesperson declined to provide any additional details. […] In the Windows-as-a-service era, it’s perfectly understandable that problems will occasionally crop up. But customers have a right to expect prompt, accurate notification when those problems occur, and Microsoft is failing badly in that responsibility. For its enterprise customers, Microsoft long ago realized the need for timely and accurate status updates. If your organization is experiencing a problem with Office 365, there’s a Service Status dashboard where you can find out what’s wrong. Microsoft Azure customers have a similar Azure status dashboard and can even check the resolution of previous problems on the Azure status history page. Windows 10 customers have no similar resources.

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