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AI-assisted Windows updates

July 26, 2018.

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Windows 10’s next semi-annual update will use machine learning models to make update-related reboots less annoying for users. Currently, Windows can detect whether you’re working or not (inactive mouse and keyboard, no video streaming, etc.) and save reboots for inactive periods. However, at the moment, it can’t tell if you’ll be gone for moments or for hours, i.e. whether you’ve run out for a cup of coffee or left for home and bed. Thanks to a new predictive system, Windows will try to distinguish between these two scenarios and avoid rebooting if it thinks you’ll be back soon.

Ars Technica, “Windows 10 will try not to reboot when you’re just grabbing a cup of coffee.”