Earlier this week, Microsoft sent out its June 2022 Patch Tuesday, the regular monthly rollup of cumulative updates for Windows-related services. However, with the company talking up its new Autopatch service in recent months, could this be the final Patch Tuesday ever?
Not quite. Amid confusion over Microsoft's patching plans moving forward, the company has come out with an explanation. Speaking to SecurityWeek, Microsoft says that Patch Tuesday will remain alongside Autopatch.
According to the company, Autopatch and Patch Tuesday are co-services that work side-by-side. This confirmation is repeated in the FAQ section for Autopatch, where Microsoft says the following:
“Does Windows Autopatch affect Patch Tuesday? Do I have to change the way I manage updates for the devices in my organization?
Monthly security and quality updates for supported versions of the Windows and Windows Server operating systems will continue to be delivered on the second Tuesday of the month (commonly referred to Patch Tuesday or Update Tuesday) as they have been to date.
Organizations can continue to use the same processes and tools they use today—such as Microsoft Endpoint Manager, Windows Update for Business, and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)—to manage and deploy these updates.
Windows Autopatch utilizes the same tools just referenced – and leverages proven best practices backed by Microsoft experts – to provide an alternative for those organizations seeking a more automated, hands-off approach to deploying updates.”
Back in April, I reported on Windows Autopilot, a new patching program for Windows 11 and Windows 10 enterprise users. As the name suggests, Autopatch is an automatic update program that delivers security patches to Windows. It reached preview for enterprise customers last month and will get a full launch in July.
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