At Ignite, Microsoft has revealed Windows Update for Business. The new service is basically like the normal Windows Update, but “compatible” for business”. As you may guess from the name, Windows Update for Business allows businesses to take control of their updates. The service does seem to be very useful for businesses using Windows. Microsoft’s Terry Myerson stated:
“Windows Update for Business will reduce management costs, provide controls over update deployment, offer quicker access to security updates, and provide access to the latest innovation from Microsoft on an ongoing basis. Windows Update for Business is FREE for Windows Pro and Windows Enterprise devices. It’s part of our intelligent cloud – we will update and maintain Windows devices for you, while still giving you control,”
Here’s the list of features of Windows Update for Business:
- 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.
What do you think of Windows Update for Business?