Microsoft’s enterprise focused Ignite event has kicked off in Chicago with CEO Satya Nadella kicking the event off with a number of announcements. Starting off is “Windows Update for Business” which helps IT professionals to make sure Windows devices within the organization are up to date with the latest features and security patches. It’s available free of cost for Windows Pro and Windows Enterprise devices.
“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,” Microsoft’s Terry Myerson said in a blog post.
Here’s what Windows Update for Business will offer:
- 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.
This will definitely help IT professionals within businesses and organizations to get the updates, and make sure the devices within the company are well protected by offering latest security patches. Users interested in trying out Windows Update for Business should sign up for the Windows 10 Insider program.