Author Archives: Cian Allner
Author Archives: Cian Allner
Microsoft is releasing monthly rollups for Windows 7 and 8.1. This changes how updates are applied and should be a big improvement. Read on for further details.
Microsoft announced major changes on how Windows 7 and 8.1 will be patched with software updates. This will bring them in line with Windows 10, now with cumulative monthly rollups. Rather than individual updates, all the recent updates will be packaged in a single update.
Microsoft explains this should simplify updating, make it more cohesive and improve reliability:
The new rollup model gives you fewer updates to manage, greater predictability, and higher quality updates.
Now with monthly rollups, all security and reliability updates will be released in a single update. So rather than lots of individual updates, there will be just a single update needed to patch a Windows 7.1/8.1 system with all the latest updates. Monthly rollups will be cumulative, superseding the previous month’s rollup.
Back in May Microsoft released a one of "convenience rollup", as announced here - Simplifying updates for Windows 7 and 8.1. This included all Windows 7 SP1 updates up through April 2016 and at the time this was the closest many thought we would get to Windows 7 SP2.
With the new monthly rollups, this is set to improve further. Over time Microsoft will add older patches to monthly rollups. This will make it possible eventually to fully patch Windows 7 SP1 and 8.1 RTM just with the latest monthly rollup.
Our goal is eventually to include all of the patches we have shipped in the past since the last baseline, so that the Monthly Rollup becomes fully cumulative and you need only to install the latest single rollup to be up to date.
These changes start in October 2016. There are other details worth checking out in the official announcement, including:
It's great to see Microsoft invest in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 taking
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Updated 29th June - Delve for Windows app is now generally available in preview and I have provided my feedback after using the app for a couple of weeks.Continue reading
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It's only a few thoughts. I'm not putting myself forward as any sort of role model. I hope though this could perhaps help someone.Continue reading
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Technical debt is the problem you might not realize you have but it's impacting the effectiveness of your business. It's the stuff that matters, just not enough to do something about straight away. In fact, it can almost indefinitely be put on the back burner.
Sooner or later though issues surface and you will have wished you hadn't let it fester. This is technical debt. I am going to help you recognize it and start doing something about it.
Read on for my in-depth take on technical debt and why it's so important to tackle.Continue reading