Microsoft is launching Windows Autopatch to keep enterprise Windows 10 and Windows 11 installations updated
Later this year, Microsoft will launch a new service called Windows Autopatch which will help users update their software.
The free service will help enterprise customers obtain Windows 10 and Windows 11 quality and feature updates, drivers, firmware, and Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise updates. Microsoft is due to launch Windows Autopatch in July, and the company had provided information about how it will work.
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At the moment, the second Tuesday of every month is a big day for updates, having become known as Patch Tuesday. But with the launch of Windows Autopatch, Microsoft is hoping to make the day "just another Tuesday".
The company notes that Windows Autopatch manages all aspects of deployment groups for Windows 10 and Windows 11 quality and feature updates, drivers, firmware, and Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise updates.
It adds: "Drivers and firmware that are published to Windows Update as Automatic will be delivered as part of Windows Autopatch".
Writing about the service in a blog post, Microsoft says:
Autopatch, by automating the management of updates, can provide timely response to changes and confidence around introducing new changes, and close the protection and productivity gaps. The value should be felt immediately by IT admins who won't have to plan update rollout and sequencing, and over the long term as increased bandwidth allows them more time to focus on driving value. Quality updates should enhance device performance and reduce help-desk tickets -- feature updates should give users an optimal experience, with increased uptime and new tools to create and collaborate.
Windows Autopatch will be offered as a feature to Windows 10/11 Enterprise E3 at no additional cost, Microsoft says in an FAQ about the upcoming service.
The aim is to simplify the process of keeping systems up to date. Microsoft says:
With its focus on ease, safety, and efficiency, Windows Autopatch is meant to offer peace of mind to IT admins. Our engineers are dedicated to optimizing the update process and shrinking the 'gaps' so that enterprise IT Pros can focus their attention elsewhere. The introduction of Autopatch, along with the App Assure promise, will hopefully allow for new avenues of value creation and inspiration from admins and users alike.
You can find out more in the blog post and FAQ as well as in the following video: