The company has been on a bit of a hiding to nothing over updates for a year or more, following the launch of Windows 10.
Admittedly, some of our readers have told us that they simply can’t see what the fuss is about: latest version, modern look, more secure, free of charge, what’s the problem? (Not any more, of course: from 30 July 2016 onwards, you’ve had to pay.) But there’s been a very vocal contingent – a minority, we suspect, but a significant minority at the very least – who have fallen out hard with Microsoft over the move to Windows 10.
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rather than Windows 11, you’d think that Microsoft might have cut itself some slack.
Except that there’s a huge brouhaha going on as users report, “My webcam’s busted.” If the vitriol poured out in the comments (300 and counting) of a Thurrott blog article entitled “Microsoft Has Broken Millions Of Webcams With Windows 10 Anniversary Update” is anything to go by, this one’s a super-big problem.
From unannounced “pre-downloads“, where files totalling more than 3GB were silently stashed locally in case you wanted them later, through ambiguous dialogs that upgraded you when you thought you’d declined, to unexpected popups in the middle of weather report live on TV, it seemed that Microsoft just couldn’t get it right.
Even when Microsoft listened to its users and made the wording in the upgrade dialog much clearer, some of our readers still had negative things to say.
High-definition webcams, like the popular USB-based Logitech C930e that can stream video at 1920x1080p, often include built-in compression so that there’s less data to send down the USB cable in the first place, usually using one of two common lossy compression formats known as MJPEG and H.264.