Different ways of updating Windows 10
May 4, 2015 Leave a comment
During the first day of Microsoft Ignite, the company’s “festival” for IT professionals, Microsoft executives introduced the concept of Windows Update for Business. This is a new addition to Microsoft’s family of updating and servicing mechanisms that will be included with Windows 10.
Consumers who use Windows 10 will regularly receive all the new features, security updates and the various fixes to the operating system for free for the supported lifetime of their devices. [Microsoft still hasn’t stated what this “lifetime of their devices” period will be defined as.] Consumers users won’t have a choice as to which updates they get or don’t as they will get them all using Windows Update. This group of Windows 10 customers will be on the Current Branch.
Windows 10 Enterprise customers will have the option to receive security updates only with no new features as part of the Windows 10 Long Term Servicing branch. Enterprises [or large companies if you will] will be able to control the pace at which their Windows 10 users get these security updates using existing updating mechanisms like Windows Server Update Services [WSUS], System Center Configuration Manager [SCCM], and others.
But there’s is a new class of Windows 10 customers: These are users at work who aren’t running mission-critical devices and applications. These users will be able to get new features, security updates and the various other fixes to Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise devices for free, but at a more measured pace using the new Windows Update for Business service.
Windows Update for Business will give IT professionals more control over how and when these updates are roll out to their users and they can decide which machines get updates first and which get them at one point later. Peer-to-peer delivery will be used to deliver patches to sites with limited bandwidth [not too common now]. The standard corporate tools such as WSUS or SCCM can be used to deliver the updates.
Microsoft executives didn’t explain as yet how long they’ll be providing new features, security updates and fixes for Windows 10.