Happy New Year, CloudReady Fans!
As we plan for a great 2018 (and beyond!) for CloudReady, we here at Neverware have arrived at a decision that we want to communicate to you, our customers and users, immediately:
In the first half of 2018, Neverware will be phasing out dualboot as a product offering in CloudReady.
- In CloudReady v64 (expected start of April 2018 ) dualboot will no longer be available for new installs.
- In CloudReady v66 (expected end of June 2018) dualboot will no longer be supported or tested against new updates.
Neverware will continue to provide tech support for existing customers with dualboot installations of CloudReady through June 2018.
Macs and PCs running CloudReady offer greater control and reliability thanks to CloudReady’s simpler, more manageable, and always up to date design. Unfortunately, these benefits just aren't the same when a second operating system is present. When dualbooting CloudReady with Windows, IT, administrators end up with two OSs to manage, which introduces far more complexity, as well as unpredictability.
In December it became clear that some Windows 10 updates were breaking CloudReady on dualboot machines. When this happens, users are left without a way to fix or even reinstall CloudReady, forcing a choice between keeping CloudReady functional and installing critical Windows updates. Tension like this is ultimately incompatible with CloudReady's value, and has cemented our decision to sunset dualboot functionality this year.
What does this mean for you? What's next?
We no longer recommend using CloudReady in dualboot mode. While only the Windows 10 Fall 2017 Creators Update has so far shown itself to break dualboot functionality, Neverware cannot anticipate the behavior of Windows updates because they are delivered by Microsoft and are not the same on all machines. As a result, if you are using dualboot, know that any Windows update has the potential to render dualboot CloudReady unusable.
NOTE: As far as we know, your existing Windows functionality and data is not at risk, even if CloudReady stops functioning. We have never seen an issue where Windows is broken by the above issues.
We recommend that users of dualboot reinstall a standalone install of CloudReady as soon as possible
We understand that many people, especially of our free Home Edition, are not ready to give up Windows and that this may be disappointing news. Still, we are confident that CloudReady’s future as a stable, secure, and ever-improving alternative to existing OSs like Windows is best served without the complications and instability of dualboot.
As always, thank you for using CloudReady.