"easier for Microsoft, but it's a big step backward for companies"
This is not a big step backwards for a company who develops excellent patches, tests everything so they know that it works perfectly, and can guarantee that it will work first time every time. If you always get it right, and really right, there is no problem.
Is this the rep that Microsoft has? If not then there needs to be either the ability to roll back patches, or a team of people working night and day fixing those pesky patches that fail.
Not all gray hairs are Dinosaurs!