The launch comes a day before Microsoft is scheduled to release a monthly round of security patches, available to customers with Windows Enterprise E3 and E5 licenses. However, it does not support Windows Education (A3) or Windows Front Line Worker (F3) licenses.
“Microsoft will continue to release updates on the second Tuesday of every month, and now Autopatch helps streamline update operations and creates new opportunities for IT professionals,” said Lior Bela.
Auto-patching works by first applying security updates to devices in the test loop, containing a minimally representative number of devices. After the validation period, updates are pushed to First (1% of devices), Fast (9%) and Wide (90%) rings.
This service was first introduced by the giant technology in April 2022 in an effort to apply Patch Tuesday updates in a timely manner and prevent potential attack vectors.
In addition to Windows 10 and 11 updates, Autopatch also includes Microsoft Edge and Microsoft 365 software, and allows organizations to create test loops, track updates, and even pause and go back. changes in case any problems are encountered.
On top of that, the service incorporates provisions for fast release cadence if a threat is considered critical (e.g. a zero-day vulnerability).
“Windows Autopatch aims to keep at least 95% of eligible devices with the latest Windows quality updates 21 days after release,” the company notes in its document.
“When running a quick release, the usual goal […] no longer applies. Instead, Windows Autopatch dramatically accelerates the release schedule of a release to update the environment more quickly. “