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News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Computing devices typically include various functionalities that can be updated from time to time. For example, operating systems, applications, device drivers, firmware, and so forth, can be updated. A manufacturer or other entity associated with such functionalities can issues updates, such as to address a security vulnerability, fix a software bug, solve a compatibility issue, enhance functionality, and so on.
"Installing some updates involves replacing a current version of a file with an updated version of the file. If the current version of the file is in use (e.g., a running operating system file on an active device), an update process typically involves closing the current version of the file and replacing it with the updated version. For example, a device can be restarted (e.g., shut down and rebooted) to enable the current version of the file to be closed and replaced with the updated version. In certain situations, however, device restarts can be disruptive to a user experience."
As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "This Summary is provided to introduce a selection of concepts in a simplified form that are further described below in the Detailed Description. This Summary is not intended to identify key features or essential features of the claimed subject matter, nor is it intended to be used as an aid in determining the scope of the claimed subject matter.
"Techniques for initiating update operations are described. In implementations, updates are gathered for a computing device, and grouped based on whether the updates involve a device restart and/or shutdown operation to be installed. Thus, updates that involve a restart can be installed as a group, such as part of a single update and restart operation.
"In at least some implementations, an update and restart operation for installing updates can be scheduled. For example, the update and restart operation can be scheduled to occur after a particular time period, such as in hours, days, and so forth. A user can be notified of the upcoming update and restart operation, such as via notifications presented in various ways on a computing device. Further, the form and/or frequency of such notifications can be escalated as a scheduled time for the update and restart operation approaches. Thus, a user can be provided with a variety of different forms of notification of the operation, and can be given different opportunities to initiate the operation.
"When a scheduled time for an update and restart operation arrives for a device, a variety of factors can be considered in determining whether to initiate the operation. For instance, user presence information can be considered. If user presence is detected at a device, such as based on user interaction with the device, a notification that the update and restart operation is imminent can be presented. If the device is in a viewing mode, however, the notification can be delayed until a user exits the viewing mode. For example, the viewing mode can correspond to a full-screen viewing mode, such as for viewing video content, playing a video game, and so forth. Alternatively or additionally, a notification of an imminent update and restart operation can be delayed and presented in response to a subsequent device unlock and/or logon operation.
"Device state can also be considered when determining whether to proceed with an update and restart operation. For instance, if state information may be lost if an update and restart operation is initiated, the operation can be delayed until the state information is saved such that it can be recovered after a restart. A variety of different state information can be considered, such as editing state for a document and/or other editing project, application state, state for background services running on a device, and so forth. When state information is determined to be secured (e.g., stored), an update and restart operation can be initiated.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"The detailed description is described with reference to the accompanying figures. In the figures, the left-most digit(s) of a reference number identifies the figure in which the reference number first appears. The use of the same reference numbers in different instances in the description and the figures may indicate similar or identical items.
"FIG. 1 is an illustration of an environment in an example implementation that is operable to employ techniques discussed herein.
"FIG. 2 is a flow diagram that describes steps in a method in accordance with one or more embodiments.
"FIG. 3 is a flow diagram that describes steps in a method in accordance with one or more embodiments.
"FIG. 4 illustrates an example implementation scenario in accordance with one or more embodiments.
"FIG. 5 illustrates an example implementation scenario in accordance with one or more embodiments.
"FIG. 6 illustrates an example implementation scenario in accordance with one or more embodiments.
"FIG. 7 illustrates an example notification window in accordance with one or more embodiments.
"FIG. 8 is a flow diagram that describes steps in a method in accordance with one or more embodiments.
"FIG. 9 is a flow diagram that describes steps in a method in accordance with one or more embodiments.
"FIG. 10 is a flow diagram that describes steps in a method in accordance with one or more embodiments.
"FIG. 11 illustrates an example system and computing device as described with reference to FIG. 1, which are configured to implement embodiments of techniques described herein."
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