Slow Boiling Frogs
The Microsoft folks decided, like the Windows 10 design, they soon will provide only cumulative updates to Windows 7 and 8/8.1 users. That means users will not be able to ignore unwanted “optional” patches.
Many people refused to update to Windows 10. These cumulative updates will negate the main reason why, which is to avoid the privacy invasions and data mining of Windows 10.
Skilled users have avoided the Windows 10 telemetry and spyware patches that were backported into Windows 7 and 8/8.1. With the cumulative updates these patches will be installed.
Windows 7 and 8/8.1 users will be treated the same as Windows 10 users. They are the product.
Windows 7 and 8/8.1 users now will pay the price for not “voluntarily” updating to Windows 10. They will be assimilated. Resistance is futile.
Be certain that the documentation associated with cumulative updates will be sparse and reveal little.
A cynical speculation is through these cumulative updates, Windows 7 and 8/8.1 slowly will be transformed into Windows 10. Slow boiling frogs. The name of the operating system will remain the same, but much of the Windows 10 nonsense will get backported.
In this house Windows will remain isolated on a VLAN and continue being only a curiosity operating system.