Microsoft says it is rolling out update 23H1 for SharePoint Server Subscription Edition (SE). Alongside new features, the update is bringing servicing changes to the platform. Available since March 14 as part of March 2023 Patch Tuesday.
Yes, this is not a patch to fix, so why did the update drop on that day? Well, it seems Microsoft is now also going to use the second Tuesday of the month for Public Updates (Pus) for SharePoint Server Subscription Edition.
Update 23H1 introduces a new update schedule for SharePoint Server. Stefan Goßner, a senior escalation engineer on the SharePoint team, says there will be product feature updates for SharePoint Server SE twice a year. Those updates will arrive in the spring and another in the fall.
Update 23H1 is the spring update and will be followed by another release later in the year, likely to be known as Update 23H2. Microsoft is also turning to a monthly update schedule for maintaining SharePoint Server SE.
“To simplify the process for updating your SharePoint Server Subscription Edition environments, we're introducing a single update each month for SharePoint Server Subscription Edition, starting with the March 2023 public update. This unified update combines all of the improvements that would have previously been released in separate STS and WSSLOC updates. The single uber updates are cumulative, so you only need to install the latest update to get all of the latest improvements for SharePoint Server Subscription Edition.”
If you are unfamiliar with SharePoint Server SE, it made its debut in July 2021. SharePoint Server SE is an evolution of the on-premises platform, the next generation according to Microsoft. It is designed to bring security, management, updates and reliability for SharePoint servers without needing to be online or in the cloud.