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Old 02-14-2018, 02:36 PM   #95
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Good morning,

If you actually wish to see which improvements were delivered, and for which use cases, I invite you to read the material (forum posts, or public release notes). Each time, what was changed was communicated.
Here is just one example with comments from other users who saw the benefits.

A computer using Windows 10 does not select the driver the machine owner wants. If the device manufacturer has decided a driver version is to be distributed by Windows Update, the machine will receive it.
You can remove it and then within minutes or even less, the other versions will come back, depending on network access and severity of the update.
Windows 7 update model is different than Windows 10. Windows 10 OS was designed with software as a service in mind.
I can't predict which driver version a specific manufacturer will decide to want on Windows Update for their product, or when they will want it pushed. Microsoft can also decide to override vendor wishes if they have a reason, like they did with the Intel patch which started to create BSoDs everywhere in the last few weeks. The OS built-in telemetry is very useful for Microsoft to monitor reliability and request vendors make improvements.
That's why us using a registry entry is the most viable solution for a feature preview in the next release for a feature which I'd like enabled at the release this summer, if of acceptable quality. This will allow to selectively enable a feature only some really want, whilst keeping the bug fixes and other improvements the release will deliver.

The current state of that driver showed at CES is that it works on specific hardware (which includes the Dell D6000). This is how agile software development work: start with smallest scope possible to deliver something and then build on it. It has no safeguard or fallback for yet unsupported configuration. So, if with an unsupported configuration, at best, garbage will show on displays. As stated before, the number of crashes is monitored by the OS and unhelpful actions could be taken.
Also, the software needs to pass security tests before it goes out.
It is simply not ready for release. No conspiracy, just responsible software development practices and I already transparently stated this.

Playing videos on VLC has much worse performance than the inbox Windows Film and TV because it doesn't have similar hardware acceleration.
You stated it yourself that the video will "play fine" on the properly accelerated players.
Also since then, Intel has fixed their graphics driver for OpenGL so applications can benefit from hardware acceleration again. That improved performance greatly in some cases.

Improvements were delivered in the OS, in GPU drivers and more importantly DisplayLink side, and feedback proves it.
More improvements are still being worked on, as already exposed.

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