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Commercial release of Windows Update for Business

Microsoft announced the “general availability” commercial version of Windows Update for Business Reports on Tuesday.

Windows Update for Business Reports is the latest IT support tool from Microsoft that displays device and software update compliance information for Windows 10 and Windows 11 computers. IT professionals use the Azure portal to view details related to Microsoft’s monthly quality update patches and operating system feature updates.

The Windows Update for Business Reports feature also has a device status overview pane. It will also show bandwidth savings achieved by Microsoft’s delivery optimization feature, which controls how software downloads are distributed within an organization.

While Windows Update for Business Reports uses Microsoft’s Log Analytics service, there is apparently no additional cost to use it. Organizations just need an Azure subscription.

“Azure Log Analytics import and retention charges are not due to Azure subscription for Windows Update for Business reporting data,” Microsoft explained in this “Overview” document.

Update compliance override
Microsoft previously called this feature the “Azure Work Folders for Update Compliance” feature back in August when it was in preview. Last month, Microsoft explained its intention to rebrand it as Windows Update for Business Reports. It also hinted at the time that Windows Update for Business Reports would replace Microsoft’s Update Compliance feature.

Tuesday’s announcement confirmed that Windows Update for Business Reports will replace Update Compliance. It also offered specific deadlines for organizations using Update Compliance.

For example, new users will not be able to download Update Compliance starting next month (November 30).

Additionally, Microsoft will stop supporting update readiness on March 31, 2023 for existing users.

Existing Update Compliance users have a January enrollment deadline to switch to Windows Update for Business Reports, Microsoft’s announcement on Tuesday suggested.

“If you are an existent [Update Compliance] To continue receiving update data through our Legacy Update Compliance solution, plan to sign up for Windows Update for Business reports by January 15, 2023,” he said.

Integration with the Windows Update for Business distribution service
Windows Update for Business Reports is integrated with the Windows Update for Business Deployment Service, according to Microsoft’s “Overview” document.

Microsoft first introduced the Windows Update for Business deployment service in March of last year, calling it an “enterprise-grade solution” that works with Microsoft’s AI-powered servicing platform.

Microsoft also has a Windows Update for Business option for updating PCs. It is supposedly different from the Windows Update for Business distribution service.

Also in March, Microsoft indicated that using the Windows Update for Business distribution service would require the use of Azure Active Directory and the presence of a few other licenses:

For all enterprise customers, Deployment Service features are available for Azure AD-joined and Hybrid Azure AD-joined devices covered by a Microsoft 365 or Windows 10 E3 user license. Intune support requires a Microsoft 365 E3 license or both Windows and EMS E3 licenses.

Windows Update for Business reports the addition of new features
Microsoft is planning to add new features to Windows Update for Business Reports. It will receive new driver and firmware status reports at some point, Microsoft’s announcement on Tuesday hinted.

You can find a discussion and demo of Windows Update for Business Reports in this Microsoft video.

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Kurt Mackie is a senior news producer for 1105 Media’s Converge360 group.



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