Windows updates are an important part of computer maintenance as they provide security improvements and bug fixes to protect your machine and keep it running well. However, Microsoft is dramatically changing the way it will release them.
Microsoft 1809 and Windows 1809 server versions are set to be released this September, according to the ‘yymm’ format of the label (Year = 2018, Month = 09, September). However, Microsoft are known to usually run a month later, so expect changes to come into full effect in October.
This design creates a compact update package for easier and faster deployment
– Maliha Qureshi, Microsoft Programme Manager
The updates are changing significantly. There will no longer be a ‘full’ update every month, and ‘express’ intermediate updates will be removed. Instead, one ‘quality’ update, slightly larger than the ‘express’ updates, will be released monthly. This will also eventually see the end of the ‘delta’ updates in to 2019.
This single update will be easier to manage and redistribute due to its smaller size, which will be of particular benefit to businesses who download and store updates for later. The bandwidth and cache size of update servers will have extensive savings. This will make updates faster, or simply ensure updates are installed. There have been issues where laptops are not updating as they should due to the limitations of the previous large updates, a problem which should be lessened with the 1809 version.
Updates will be available directly through Windows Update, as well as Microsoft’s Windows Server Update Service (WSUS) and System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), in addition to third-party management platforms. Updates will also continue to be uploaded to the Microsoft Update Catalog in stand-alone (.msu) format.
This change is likely to encourage more enterprises to transition to Windows 10, as the update limitations caused a lot of reservations for those with poorer networks. This is especially important over the coming months as the deadline for Microsoft’s Windows 7 support is ending in January 2020, so businesses will have to migrate to Windows 10 or face possible security vulnerabilities and functionality issues.
With Microsoft boasting that machines on the newest version of Windows 10 will be 40% more efficient in relation to memory utilisation, it seems that this major change to the update process has many benefits, and will provide a considerable increase in productivity and security for computers on business networks.