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Windows Autopatch Integrates Update Rings for Streamlined Patch Objectives

Microsoft has made improvements to its Windows Autopatch service, designed to give organizations more control and efficiency in Windows


has introduced improvements to its Windows Autopatch service, aimed at providing organizations with greater control and efficiency in managing Windows updates. A notable feature now in preview allows for the integration of an organization's existing update rings into the Windows Autopatch Management system.

This integration ensures that all targeted devices are automatically enrolled in , omitting the need for manual redeployment or modifications to existing update settings. An update ring typically comprises a select group of users who receive Windows updates before a broader distribution, facilitating early testing and feedback.

Customizable Patch Objectives

Further refining its service, Microsoft is also showcasing a novel approach that allows enterprises to establish service-level objectives for patching, based on their specific update rings. This advancement moves away from a static target, where previously a 95% update compliance within 21 days post-release was the norm, offering a more flexible and tailored patch management strategy. This design aims at aligning with diverse organizational structures and operational needs, enhancing the applicability and effectiveness of the Autopatch service.

Enhanced Reporting Capabilities

In response to the complex data streams utilized by Windows Autopatch for patch compliance monitoring, Microsoft has significantly accelerated the reporting refresh rate. Transitioning from a daily to a 30-minute refresh cycle, this update facilitates a more immediate and accurate insight into patch compliance status across organizations. This move underscores Microsoft's commitment to providing real-time data access, thereby enabling more responsive management and troubleshooting of patch deployments.

Following its initial release in 2022, Windows Autopatch was positioned as a complimentary offering for E3/E5 license holders, underscoring Microsoft's strategy to simplify and enhance update processes for enterprise customers. In a continuous effort to streamline these services, 2023 witnessed the merging of Windows Autopatch with the Windows Update for Business Deployment Service. This consolidation represents a comprehensive solution for updating and upgrading Windows devices, along with key Microsoft applications and services, emphasizing a unified approach to enterprise device management.

These improvements highlight Microsoft's dedication to enhancing security, efficiency, and control within organizational IT environments, further empowering businesses to manage their update processes with greater precision and less overhead.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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