Today marks the end of an era. As someone who was on the original team that delivered the strategy and documentation for Patch Tuesday it’s sort of a sad day. The updates delivering today are the last we’ll see where they are separated into individual patches.
In a recent blog post, Paul Bergson with Microsoft attempts to further explain the company’s reasons for adopting the servicing model that many customers are now upset about. The servicing model strategy adopted with Windows 10, but now being ported to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, is a strategy around only delivering cumulative updates. In the past, Microsoft would deliver single patches for each flaw or security issue. But, no longer.
For many of you, you’re waking up to a brand new cumulative update for Microsoft’s latest public revision of Windows 10 – the one delivered as an Anniversary Update just a month ago.
I’ve been covering Microsoft’s updates and patches for over 20 years and most recently here at WindowITPro. I have a unique perspective as I was one of the team members that originally put together and wrote up the strategy behind Patch Tuesday – based on the Trustworthy Computing initiative. So, when I talk patches, it comes from a strong baseline.
Knowing what I knew about Microsoft and its patches, just a little over a year ago I said this…
If you thought that, with the recent announcement Microsoft will be moving to a single security update once a month for Windows 7/8, the company had somehow found a way to improve its patches, you’d have thought wrong.