While that is true (they can’t change the silicon at that point obviously), they could have at least provided them with the microcode update that helps with the mitigation, no?
Then again 99,9% of people would not patch if MS wasn’t babysitting them, and they would still be on whatever release version of their OS they have.
You could think that the title and that paragraph are misleading, because they are. MS has only stopped the rollout for affected CPUs.
Of course I have neither seen the datasheets nor MS’ code, but as I understand they didn’t say they were outdated, just that the chipsets did not work the way they were documented. Or in other words: they got wrong information in the documentation. If that’s true or not is a different story, but if it is then I see nothing wrong with them pointing the finger. They can only work with the documentation they have at hand.
You can choose to not do the update though last time I checked (well, depends how you set up windows update I guess). But it is possible. If not in the Windows Update side of things it’s possible with group policy. Then again… Windows 10 Home users are at a loss there.
The hardware is immune according to nvidia. They just patched the driver because basically every software has to be patched. So they’re doing the right thing for once and still get the blame? (If what they say is true that is)