Yesterday, Microsoft announced a change in Windows servicing that introduces a rollup model for updates. It will reduce the number of updates available for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 and combine them into a single monthly rollup. Each month's rollup will be cumulative but they will release express packages on Windows Update to keep the download size small for those who have already installed the previous month's rollup. With a single rollup they aim to eliminate update fragmentation.
The new rollup model combines multiple patches into a single update. This will allow users and system administrators to keep their systems up to date with fewer updates. You will not need to install a large number of updates any more.
Starting from October 2016, Windows Update will deliver a single Monthly Rollup update that addresses both security issues and reliability issues in a single package. The Monthly Rollup will be published to Windows Update (WU), Windows Server Update Services, System Center Configuration Manager, and the Microsoft Update Catalog. Each month's rollup will supersede the previous month’s rollup, i.e. a Monthly Rollup for November 2016 will also include all updates for October besides new updates and so on. Devices that have this rollup installed from Windows Update or WSUS will utilize express packages, keeping the monthly download size small.
Over time, Monthly Rollup will include patches which have been released in the past. It will become a fully cumulative update and you only need to install the latest single rollup to be up-to-date.
Also from October 2016 onwards, Windows will release a single Security-only update. This update will include all of the security patches for that month into a single update. Unlike the Monthly Rollup, the Security-only update will only include new security patches that are released for that month, so it will not be a cumulative security patch. This package will be notably smaller than the Monthly Rollup.
But Microsoft is not going to release the Security-only update through Windows Update. It will be available to download and deploy from WSUS, SCCM, and the Microsoft Update Catalog. The main purpose of this security package release is to allow enterprises to download as small of an update as possible while still maintaining more secure devices.
Finally, the Microsoft Update Catalog website is being updated to remove the ActiveX requirement. It will be possible to use it in any browser you want. As you may already know, currently Microsoft Update Catalog requires that you use Internet Explorer. The upcoming site version fixes this issue. (via Nathan Mercer)
What do you think about this change? Do you like the Monthly Rollup release model?
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