I have spent the past hour trying to get my mind around how Windows 10 updating will work. For something as important as the updating is for Windows it is all a bit confusing. I swear I had read somewhere that for the Home version of Windows 10 that users would essentially be forced to update, but I can’t find that documentation now.
Microsoft seems to be trying to fix the mess that the current model of updating has created. I know from my own experience that a huge number of the issues I fixed in the field generally were solved simply by installing all current updates. From what I can gather although they are not explaining it well the plan seems to make sense. I have copied out what I think are relevant quotes from Microsofts release and added my interpretation below. My personal takeaway is that while overall I’m optimistic for Microsoft’s Update strategy that I’ll wait a few months before upgrading.
Per the quote below it seems that Patch Tuesday will be replaced by a Continuous Upgrade Cycle that will include devices such as phones:
With all these protections in place, the fact still remains, the number one thing a business can do to protect their devices is to keep them up-to-date with the latest security updates. Here at Microsoft, we take our responsibility to keep Windows secure seriously. We follow up on all reported security issues, continuously probe our software with leading edge techniques, and proactively update supported devices with necessary updates to address issues. And today, we’re announcing this continuous update process applies to all Windows 10 devices, including phones.
Per this quote it appears Windows Updates will deliver not just security patches, but also new functionality such as administration utilities:
With Windows 10, Windows Update will also be regularly delivering ongoing Windows innovation in addition to security updates.
Here Microsoft states they understand that major enterprises don’t necessarily want functionality improvements for infrastructure systems so they can install only security updates:
For all of our Windows business customers, we support a variety of update management solutions. These solutions enable a business to select which updates to deploy to which devices on what schedule. The design point of these Windows updating solutions was to enable Windows business devices to be selectively updated like mainframes – where reliability is paramount, with a guiding philosophy of “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.” And still today, this capability is well utilized on many Windows mission critical devices worldwide. With Windows 10, we are improving our support of these mission critical deployments by offering “Long Term Servicing Branches” that contain ONLY security updates, without any functional updates.
The for standard businesses they have developed another update path to help schedule and deliver updates efficiently:
Windows Update for Business will provide:
- Distribution rings, where the IT Pro can specify which devices go first in an update wave, and which ones will come later (to ensure any quality kinks are worked out).
- Maintenance windows, where the IT Pro can specify the critical timeframes when updates should and should not occur.
- Peer to peer delivery, which IT can enable to make delivery of updates to branch offices and remote sites with limited bandwidth very efficient.
- Integration with your existing tools like System Center and the Enterprise Mobility Suite – so that these tools can continue to be that ‘single pane of glass’ for all of your systems management.
Read the full release from Microsoft here:http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/05/04/announcing-windows-update-for-business/