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  • Microsoft pauses non-security patches

    Posted on March 25th, 2020 at 09:10 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft says it won’t be pushing any new non-security patches (although they just pushed one about an hour ago).

    We have been evaluating the public health situation, and we understand this is impacting our customers. In response to these challenges we are prioritizing our focus on security updates. Starting in May 2020, we are pausing all optional non-security releases (C and D updates) for all supported versions of Windows client and server products (Windows 10, version 1909 down through Windows Server 2008 SP2).

    There is no change to the monthly security updates (B release – Update Tuesday); these will continue as planned to ensure business continuity and to keep our customers protected and productive.

    Perhaps you can read the tea leaves better than I can. Is Microsoft saying that, for the foreseeable future, they’re only going to be releasing security patches to Win10? The announcement doesn’t quite say that – and today’s patch is a counterexample – but it certainly hints in that direction.

    If so, bravo!

    UPDATE: Mary Jo Foley has a recap. But it still doesn’t answer my fundamental question. I think. Will we stop getting non-security patches altogether?

    ANOTHER UPDATE: I put together my concerns in this post for Computerworld Woody on Windows. I sure wish MS would learn to speak clearly….

    P.S. Why, oh why, isn’t Microsoft using an Insider ring for non-security patches on production versions of Windows?

    AN OFFICIAL UPDATE: On Twitter, a few minutes ago, the official @WindowsUpdate account said:

    That sounds right to me.