Microsoft discusses the benefits of Windows as a service

Windows 7 updates
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We’re in the “Windows as a service” era and Microsoft make
improvements to Windows 10 as necessary over time. Windows 10
as a service is updated every month with general or security
improvements, and twice a year with new features.

The traditional Windows servicing approach included major
Windows releases, service packs and monthly updates. With
Windows as a Service approach, Microsoft has simplified the
Windows update process. Windows 10 now offers only two types of
releases – features updates and monthly updates.

Microsoft says Windows as a Service approach has numerous
advantages, including the ability to update Windows with new
features faster, continuous stability and quality improvements,
better compatibility with latest standards and apps.

Advantages of Windows as a Service

Windows 7 support ends in eight months from today and the
traditional Windows Update process will also fade away. In a
post, Microsoft shared the main reasons that make Windows
as a Service more effective than the traditional approach.

Improved stability

Microsoft says the WaaS approach has improved the stability of
the OS with monthly updates. Windows 10 updates are released to
800 million active devices, 35 million application titles which
include 175 million application versions.

Microsoft also rolls out updates for 16 million unique hardware
and driver combinations.

More secure

Another big advantage of WaaS is users don’t have to install a
new operating system every few years to get security patches
and features. Users can continue to use Windows 10 and receive
regular updates without worrying about security patches.

More productive

Windows 10’s features updates have introduced several new
features over time and many of the changes have been designed
to make the life of IT professionals more productive.

Lower total cost of ownership (TCO)

Windows as a Service has also reduced the total cost of
ownership by helping administrators and IT professionals focus
more on:

  • Application compatibility testing.
  • Reducing security risk, remediation costs, support costs.
  • Enable effective employee-customer interactions.

The May 2019 Update

Microsoft has learned from its messy Windows 10 update mistakes
of the past and Windows 10 May 2019 Update has offered a
smoother upgrade experience than any previous version of
Windows 10.

Users have reported fewer issues with May 2019 Update and
Microsoft is also giving customers more control, quality and
transparency over software updates.

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