Last week on March 25, I blogged here that starting in May, Windows Update would only release security fixes. Of course this raised lots of questions about bug fixes and updates to address already-known (and future) issues. Thus, in a same-day tweet from the @WindowsUpdate account, MS clarified its position as follows:
Contrary to its initial statement, MS does plan to keep Patch Tuesday updates truly cumulative, including non-security fixes as well as security fixes. The latter will be “prioritized.”
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Staying Cumulative for Patch Tuesday Makes Perfect Sense…
…when you stop to think about it. But when Windows heavyweights like ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley and ComputerWorld/AskWoody’s Woody Leonhard start asking tough questions, you can expect MS to think — and act — a bit faster. (Note: careful examination of the preceding Twitter response shows it’s a reply to those two people’s Twitter handles). The problem with the current pandemic is that all of us — MS included — find ourselves reacting (sometimes without taking sufficient time to think things all the way through).
I’m reminded of the scene in the original Shrek movie where we hear Donkey saying “OF COURSE you’re a girl dragon” at the same time the animation artists make a point of the dragon’s long eyelashes and winsome, lovelorn expression. Thus, I’m equally tempted to expostulate, on Microsoft’s behalf, that “OF COURSE we’ll be including non-security updates as part of our usual Patch Tuesday drill.”
This comes with an equal understanding that MS will probably focus only on including non-security patches and fixes in those selfsame Tuesday updates that (a) address known prior gotchas and (b) through internal testing and prior release to the current Release Preview channel, prove to do more good than harm to Windows users. After all, Microsoft’s professed objective here is “to keep our customers protected and productive” (from the original Message Center item I cited in my March 25 blog, that got this whole hoopla underway).
[Note] Thanks to Mayank Parmar at WindowsLatest.com whose March 29 article brought this amendment/clarification to Microsoft’s original declaration to my attention. While I do follow the @WindowsUpdate Twitter feed, I obviously missed this item amidst the ongoing flurry of post-pandemic reactions and ructions.
Author: Ed Tittel
Ed Tittel is a 30-plus-year computer industry veteran. He’s a Princeton and multiple University of Texas graduate who’s worked in IT since 1981 when he started his first programming job. Over the past three decades he’s also worked as a manager, technical evangelist, consultant, trainer, and an expert witness. See his professional bio for all the details.