How many of you use Bluetooth in some form at least once a day? In today’s technology based world, Bluetooth has become a commonality and a tool we are often dependent on. If you’re someone who can relate to utilizing the advantages of Bluetooth, I want you to imagine going to pair a device to Bluetooth, and suddenly the device continually fails to connect, with no explanation.
As IT professionals, we spend our days solving the frustrations technology brings our customers, so we understand firsthand how much pain technology can cause when it isn’t working how you need it to- how it is supposed to.
At The IT Company, we take every opportunity we can to minimize those frustrations technology can cause. Which is why we feel everyone should be aware of Microsoft’s most recent upgrade warning they have issued.
Last week, Forbes published an article discussing the most recent Windows update that “will “intentionally” break certain Bluetooth devices, including crucial hardware like security fobs forcing them to upgrade.”
While this update is necessary for Microsoft, it will likely cause a lot of frustration to users, especially if they aren’t aware of it. The update will cause troubles connecting and pairing, as well as troubles using certain Bluetooth devices. Microsoft has strong intentions behind the new update. The sole purpose being to address a security vulnerability by intentionally preventing connections from Windows to unsecure Bluetooth devices. However, the only way that users are able to know if they will be affected by this is when their device stops pairing.
In the case that your device stops pairing, Microsoft has encouraged users to contact the manufacturer of the device to see if an update of the device is available.
Microsoft released these security updates on June 11th. Because the update is being pushed through every version of Windows 10 and Windows 8.1, it is more than likely you will be affected by this.
So if you find yourself continually unable to connect a device to Bluetooth, Microsoft’s most recent update may be the source of your problem. For more information on this topic, read Forbes’ article “Microsoft Warns Windows 10 Update Will ‘Intentionally’ Break Some Bluetooth Devices”