The move will allow Microsoft’s Window 10 Enterprise clients to essentially test out non-security patch-fixes before they would be made essential to ensure flexible deployment
Microsoft is making massive inroads towards its goal to make its Windows 10 platform essentially the largest OS in the market. To this effect, it has made concerted efforts to push its software solutions to its corporate customers, many of which apply the “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” doctrine when it comes to IT purchases and upgrades. The Redmond-based tech giant is therefore making it easier for corporate customers to work around the limitations that single all-you-can-eat patches tend to place when it comes to their IT departments. Windows updates can regularly cause issues, bugs and even completely break dome some corporate software solutions, many of which are not built for the latest operating system.
With systems stability a key aspect of any enterprise customer’s demands, Microsoft has stepped up by essentially making its non-security updates (fixes and feature upgrades) available 2 weeks beforehand to its business clientele allowing them to test and work with the software bug fixes and updates before they become mainstream every Patch Tuesday. Patch Tuesday is an unofficial term that refers to Microsoft’s tendency to formally issue updates to its Windows users every 2nd and sometimes, every 4th Tuesday of a month, streamlining the process.
This was announced by Microsoft Windows 10 product marketing director Michael Niehaus via a blog post earlier on Monday.
In the post (shown above) he explained visually, the effect of Microsoft’s new update schedule and now it would benefit enterprise customers. He did add that this would affect critical updates which would still be scheduled as per Microsoft’s current guidelines and could result in an entire cumulative update being marked as critical in the Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and System Center Configuration Manager
Microsoft adding flexibility and therefore more leeway to corporate clients, some of which are hesitant to adopt Windows 10 given Microsoft’s penchant for constant updates indicates that it is willing to compromise and work in a manner that is beneficial for its corporate customers even as the Redmond-based tech giant continues to push towards cloud-based and service based revenue generation platforms such as Office 365 under its CEO Satya Nadella.
PS: It is important to note that this change only applies to consumers who have been upgraded to Windows 10 version 1703, better known as the Windows 10 Creators Update