Microsoft Kills Off Patch Tuesday in Favor of Automatic Updates

At its first-ever Ignite Conference this week, Microsoft did what some may think is the unthinkable. Redmond will put the kibosh on Patch Tuesday when it rolls out Windows 10. Instead, Microsoft is offering Windows Update for Business to help IT professionals keep Windows devices always up to date with the latest security defenses and Windows features.

Terry Myerson, MicrosoftEUs executive vice president of operating systems, made the announcement at Ignite. He explained that Windows 10 was designed with security at all layers of the stack, from device protection to identity protection to application protection to information protection. Against that backdrop, he introduced Windows Update for Business.

EUWindows 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,EU Myerson said. EUWindows Update for Business is free for Windows Pro and Windows Enterprise devices. ItEUs part of our intelligent cloud -- we will update and maintain Windows devices for you, while still giving you control.EU

An Interesting Prediction

We caught up Wolfgang Kandek, CTO of cloud security solutions provider Qualys, to get his take on Microsoft ending Patch TuesdayEUs 12-year run. He told us together with making Windows 10 widely and freely available, this is an excellent move by Microsoft to increase security on the Internet.

EUWindows 10 follows the path first taken by the smartphone sector where iPhones, Androids and Windows phones were pioneered to receive updates as soon as they become available,EU Kandek said. EUThis strategy has worked out exceptionally well, as we generally see smartphone malware infections under 0.75 percent -- 0.03 percent in the recent Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report.EU

Kandek explained that enterprises have the option to continue with tighter patch control with Windows Update for Business, and he expects...

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