Microsoft reveals Windows Update for Business and System Center 2016

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 05 May 2015
Microsoft reveals Windows Update for Business and System Center 2016

Microsoft has revealed two enhancements to its personal computing offering with the introduction of Windows Update for Business and System Center 2016 at the Ignite event in Chicago, US.

Windows Update for Business is a new management option for Windows 10 that helps ensure devices are always up to date with the latest security updates and Windows features. 

System Center 2016 provides IT professionals with an expanded set of tools to deploy, update, manage and secure Windows 10. Now available in technical preview, the new release will also integrate with Windows Update for Business.

Windows Update for Business will help reduce management costs, provide control over update deployment, and offer quicker access to security updates and critical fixes. Company decision makers can also capitalise on the offerings of the Windows Store for Business and empower teams with trusted software and content.

“Today’s announcement builds on a journey that began in September when we first introduced Windows 10 for business,” said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Operating Systems, Microsoft.“Since then, we’ve shared additional chapters of our Windows 10 story for business, focusing on security,deployment, manageability, and much more. And of course, this all builds on the Windows 10 end-user experience designed to empower everyone to do great things – with a familiar Start menu, a new Action Center, Continuum, Windows Hello, and of course, Cortana.”

Windows Update for Business provides distribution rings that allow IT professionals to specify the devices that go first when updates are made, and maintenance windows that enable users to specify critical timeframes when updates should and should not occur.

The new release also enables peer-to-peer delivery, which helps improve the efficiency of updates to branch offices and remote sites. Windows Update for Business can also be integrated with existing tools such as System Center and the Enterprise Mobility Suite.

The new technical preview of System Center 2016 speeds time to value with improved provisioning, monitoring and automation capabilities that are designed for software-defined data centres.

The preview includes improved Linux management and powerful new monitoring for Azure, Office365, SQL Server and Exchange.

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