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Microsoft implores enterprises to help it test optional Windows 7 updates

Gregg Keizer | May 27, 2015
Accept optional updates, rollups as they come out, Microsoft asks firms running Windows 7; argues that it's the way to get ready for Windows 10

What's in it for us?

Although none of the questions asked in the Ignite session contested the advice -- several people said they were already doing what Paquay asked -- a few comments appended to a blogged summary of the presentation wondered what's in it for them.

"If Microsoft wants IT pros to help you, you need to help us," wrote someone identified as "save patch tuesday" in a comment. "We need fewer patches that require a reboot. When Windows can install patches without rebooting, then you can abandon Patch Tuesday. The strategy to release updates whenever they are available may fly with consumers, but it won't benefit my business desktops and servers!"

Another commenter wanted clearer descriptions of what the optional updates do. "Customers would like Microsoft to fully document all available updates offered. Right now there are too many optional updates that are vague in their descriptions and impact," said "Customers of Microsoft."

Paquay, at least, recognized he's demanding a lot from IT, but defended the new guidance. "I know this is a big ask," he said several times in his talk. "But if you do these things, you will be, in many ways, managing devices and servers in the same way you will when Windows 10 comes to your environment."


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