Not everyone's enamored by auto-updating. At each point in the years-long trend some have bemoaned the loss of control, arguing that because they own the hardware, they should have the final say over what's dropped on their devices.
"I'd say that that is still a majority of users," said Stengaard. "Most still want to have control."
In most cases, including Windows 8.1 and OS X Mavericks, app auto-update, while switched on by default, can be disabled by the user.
Going forward, Stengaard expects to see a push, at least on Microsoft's part, to assume even more of the burden. "I'd be very surprised if, in three to five years, Microsoft doesn't take over complete responsibility for updating everything on the operating system, at least for consumers," Stengaard said.
"It's good that Microsoft is going in this direction, and certainly what most expect," he added.
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