Glitch Offers Peek at Windows Update 6

Windows Update version 6 is not yet out, but Microsoft inadvertently flashed a sneak peek when a Knowledge Base (KB) support article intended for testers participating in the beta program was discovered on a public server. The article included the Window Update v6 downloadable bits.

A Microsoft spokesperson told BetaNews that WU v6 was still private and an error had been made. "The update on the KB article was part of the Windows Update v6 beta program and intended for beta testers. As you know, the WU v6 beta program began March 22nd to encourage testing and solicit feedback in preparation for the final release later in 2005."

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Windows enthusiast site Neowin first caught wind of the KB article on Tuesday and posted screenshots of the service to its Web site.

Version 6 serves as the foundation for Redmond's upcoming all-in-one Microsoft Update service that will launch later this year. Microsoft Update unifies the company's patching services and will be the primary destination point for updates to Windows, Office, SQL Server and other applications.

Microsoft Chief Software Architect Bill Gates announced Microsoft Update during his RSA Conference 2005 keynote earlier this year.

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