• Patch Lady on the C week

    Patch Lady here – and not tracking any major issues with the September updates so I’ll probably flip them to go ahead and install (for us corporate patchers) by the end of the week.

    But here we are on the C week of patching – on a Tuesday – in a week where two of the Windows 10 released received an update but the rest did not and wondering exactly how are we going to know when an update is “out of band” when other than the non security updates for Office on the A week (week 1) and the security updates on the B week (week 2), in the last month no other update seems to come out on a set schedule.  The last few months the C and D week releases have not been consistently released on Tuesdays.  Normally we would see updates on days OTHER than Tuesday and know for sure it was an out of band.  Now it’s probably a C or D week that was meant to be out on Tuesday.

    Mary Jo today talks about a “Managed” desktop and it’s also blogged about on the Microsoft 365 blog whereby Microsoft will be deploying and managing business desktops.  My response?  Bring it on, because I think Microsoft themselves needs to understand better the state of patching today.  Mary Jo’s post talks about that initially the devices supported will be Microsoft’s own Surface devices and I’ve tracked some nasty issues relating to firmware updates and patches on that platform.  So much so that people have had to take units and receive replacement units in order to get a functioning system.  This managed desktop won’t be offered to consumers, nor does it look like it’s economical to small businesses given that it has The Microsoft 365 Enterprise sku which is about a $50 a month software license for merely the software. let alone the cost of the hardware.

    Bottom line, I think ultimately there are only good things that can come out of this.  Microsoft will see first hand that servicing systems is like and I’m looking forward to changes made as a result.