Microsoft has had a rather lax policy when it comes to providing Windows updates, allowing users to receive patches, for a long period of time, even without having the latest service pack applied. That changes with Windows 8.1, as the software giant has revealed installing Update becomes mandatory to apply future updates that will be rolled out starting this May's Patch Tuesday.
This move gives Microsoft more leverage than ever before, as the software giant now has a real chance of convincing Windows 8.1 users to more quickly apply Update. But, businesses, which have had trouble getting Update through WSUS (Windows Server Update Services), are getting a reprieve.
⇒ Consumers may have until next month's Patch Tuesday, but Microsoft just announced that it is giving Windows 8.1 business users 90 extra days (120 days in total) to have Update running on their devices. After this deadline, future patches will not be offered. ⇐
"As we've been monitoring the release, we've been actively discussing this new approach to servicing with enterprise customers and listening to their feedback regarding managing the deployment timeline", says Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc. "As a result, we've decided to extend the timeframe for enterprise customers to deploy these new product updates from 30 to 120 days".
"In order to receive future updates, all customers managing updates using WSUS, Windows Intune, or System Center Configuration Manager have until August 12th to apply the new updates. For those that decide to defer installation, separate security updates will be published during the 120-day window", adds LeBlanc.
Continued : http://betanews.com/2014/04/17/windows-8-1-business-users-get-update-reprieve/
Related : Microsoft Delays Enterprise Windows 8.1 Support Doomsday
As posted in the Windows 8 Forum on April 15, 2014:
Information Regarding the Latest Update for Windows 8.1
Steve Thomas @ Microsoft's TechNet Blog:
Microsoft has been listening to customer feedback. Much of this feedback has been received and some of the results are being given back to our users of Windows 8.1 in the form of updates. Recently, a very big update for Windows 8.1 was released. Read all about it here:
Since Microsoft wants to ensure that customers benefit from the best support and servicing experience and to coordinate and simplify servicing across both Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8.1 RT and Windows 8.1, this update will be considered a new servicing/support baseline. What this means is those users who have elected to install updates manually will have 30 days to install Windows 8.1 Update on Windows 8.1 devices; after this 30-day window - and beginning with the May Patch Tuesday, Windows 8.1 user's devices without the update installed will no longer receive security updates.
This means that Windows 8.1 users - starting patch Tuesday in May 2014 and beyond - will require this update to be installed. If the Windows 8.1 Update is not installed, those newer updates will be considered "not applicable."
More detailed information can be found in the following links:
Continued : http://blogs.technet.com/b/gladiatormsft/archive/2014/04/12/information-regarding-the-latest-update-for-windows-8-1.aspx
[ Highlights by me ]
Microsoft confirms it's dropping Windows 8.1 support
Windows 8.1 without Update will no longer receive security updates
Windows 8.1 Update - Microsoft forces users to update OS if they want future security updates