Microsoft Makes Changes To Its Updates Strategy

Subtle tricks to get users and businesses to upgrade to Windows 10? We’ll take it, particularly as focus on the new operating system results in a more optimized support system for Redmond.

Long story short, the software titan has made a few little changes to how it will deliver updates.

Or, the service model for Windows, so to say.

For starters, Windows 7 and 8.1 cumulative patches will not include Internet Explorer patches. These cumulative updates are set to start rolling out next month, but fixes for the classic web browser will continue to be released separately, Microsoft has confirmed.

Nathan Mercer, Microsoft senior product marketing manager, explained that these monthly rollups will bring these computers up to date in a similar fashion to Windows 10 and its cumulative updates.

The big difference is that the company is leaving Internet Explorer behind:

“We are working to get IE included in the monthly rollup and security-only update but do not have a confirmed schedule yet. IE version upgrades will not happen with Monthly rollup, but we plan to eventually include patches for which ever version of IE you currently have installed in the Monthly rollup, similar to the .NET rollup.”

On top of that, Windows Vista will also not get any cumulative updates as part of this strategy, and individual patches will continue to be released for this version of the OS after the October 11 rollout.

“Although Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 are also already in Extended Support mode, we continue to consider changes to Vista/2008 but technically there are complications that will make any changes on those platforms more challenging we don’t currently have plans to extend the Rollup servicing model to Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008. We continue to consider changes to Vista/2008 but technically there are complications that will make any changes on those platforms more challenging.”

All well and good, but the bigger problem for Microsoft here is to ensure that these cumulative updates do not break down the systems or cause issues for users that install them.

But luckily, this is exactly what the company is working on right now.

Fingers firmly crossed!

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