OPERATING SYSTEMS Microsoft Patches Shadow Brokers Exploits, Updates Privacy Controls

OPERATING SYSTEMS Microsoft Patches Shadow Brokers Exploits, Updates Privacy Controls

Following the release of the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft has rolled out a number of new features to Insiders that will, in theory, become part of its Redstone 3 update, which is expected to roll out towards the end of the year. They will be pushed to the users as soon as they're ready.

While it is great to get new features in Windows 10 with big updates, maybe more focused development will mean more stability-related work with just a sprinkle of minor additions to the operating systems capabilities.

According to a company blog post, from now on Microsoft would be sticking to a "predictable twice-per-year feature release schedule".

You can expect to hear a lot more on Redstone 3 - and perhaps even future releases - at Microsoft's Build conference next month.

Microsoft has a history of talking up new Windows features that are underwhelming in reality.

Microsoft hopes that this new change of pace will help its enterprise customers adopt Windows 10 and plan for the updates six months in advance. By synchronizing and bundling Office and Windows 10 updates, Microsoft has reduced the amount of working hours sysadmins need to put into upgrading all the workstations under their supervision.

The GitHub patches allow these users to install the security updates that Microsoft released in March with a list being provided by Zeffy. But Microsoft would rather have you upgrading that new PC to the latest version of Windows 10. Another recent upgrade to Windows 10, Game Mode, was described by Microsoft as delivering "an improvement in overall game performance" but tests found the difference in most use cases was largely imperceptible. This basically equates to deploying the second to last feature update after its successor becomes available - in other words - one update cycle per year for both Windows 10 and Office 365.

The company is also hosting a Windows as a service AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 9:00 a.m.to 10:00 a.m. PT. Also, early reports suggest that "Redstone 3" would be available this fall and "Redstone 4" should start rolling out in March 2018.

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