Microsoft’s Windows Autopatch which automatically manages the deployment of Windows 10 and Windows 11 quality and feature updates, drivers, firmware, and Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise updates is now available for public preview.
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Microsoft stated that the public preview will allow users to get comfortable with Windows Autopatch and ready their organizations to take advantage of the service at scale.
Recall that the company said in April that the Window Autopatch will be released in July, according to report, it was affirmed again that the launch of the service is definitely July, so the release of a public preview gives interested users a chance to try it out a few weeks early.
Windows Autopatch is aimed at enterprises and large organizations. In these environments, keeping updated with the latest security patches is not only incredibly important, it can also be a huge task.
The new, free service aims to simplify things, but it is only available to Windows Enterprise E3 and above license holders.
Microsoft explains what to expect from Windows Autopatch:
Windows Updates: The General Availability Channel is the source for Windows updates through Windows Autopatch. Polices for quality and feature updates can be set independently to meet your needs.
Admins will be able to see what updates have been applied through the Windows Autopatch message center in Endpoint Manager and will learn about what updates to expect. The familiar cadence of monthly Windows security and quality updates, also referred to as “B” releases, will continue and out-of-band updates will be applied as needed.
Office Updates: Windows Autopatch uses the Monthly Enterprise Channel to balance stability and feature availability. These updates are also released on the second Tuesday of the month. Office rollouts follow a unique, fixed schedule-they do not make use of ring-based progressive deployment and are not controlled by Autopatch.
Microsoft Team and Microsoft Edge Updates: The Microsoft Teams client application is synchronized with changes to the Teams online service. As a result, updates to this client occur on a different cadence than general Windows or Office updates. Microsoft Edge also has its update channel to facilitate frequent revisions to the browser.
Windows Autopatch progressive deployment is not used for either Teams or Edge updates, nor do they pause or rollback actions apply to either application. However, support issues for this app can be raised via the Windows Autopatch support request portal.
Microsoft also stated; “Once the service reaches general availability, you will be able to keep using the service as you have been. There may be some cosmetic changes to the interface, but your enrolled devices will stay enrolled, and you’ll be able to expand your enrollment when you’re ready.”