Microsoft Rolls Out Improvements To Their Patch Cycle
Upon the launch Windows 10, Microsoft made some changes to its update policies. Rather than releasing individual updates, Microsoft moved to a cumulative model where each update, which is released on the second Tuesday of the month. With the release of the Creators Update, Microsoft is revising this policy a bit. They will still be releasing monthly updates, but will also be releasing additional updates each month.
For the most part, these additional cumulative updates will not be focused on security issues and will be categorized as “updates” in the System Center Configuration Manager and Windows Server Update Services. In the case of a critical security issue, Microsoft will release additional security updates which will be categorized as “Critical Updates.”
While this probably won’t matter too much to your regular user, this could be beneficial to organizations that want to roll out security updates as fast as possible, but ensure that non-essential updates don’t conflict with any of their systems’ functions. Those who want updates as soon as they become available will still have that option, but Microsft is also allowing users the option to skip non-security updates.
To make updates easier to manage for businesses, the cumulative non-security updates will only be delivered to users who own the consumer version of Windows 10, but they will also have the option to opt out of these updates and simply wait for the next Tuesday patch.
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