Microsoft is trying to help IT departments address a long-standing problem with their software: patching. The company said on Tuesday that it will offer a tool later this year to assist businesses to keep their employees’ computers up to date. Windows Autopatch is the name of the feature, and it will be included as standard in Windows Enterprise E3 and E5, which enterprises may get by subscribing to Microsoft 365.
Microsoft has been praised for its transformation from desktop software to cloud computing under CEO Satya Nadella, but the business hasn’t been able to eliminate the burden of upgrades, which require IT, professionals, to work while office workers are placed on hold. Microsoft wants Windows Autopatch to save up IT resources while also making it easier for employees.
By attracting consumers to more costly subscriptions, the improvement might help the software maker’s stodgy Windows segment boost revenue. In addition to Windows, the Microsoft 365 package includes Office productivity applications, corporate mobility, and security.
Windows Autopatch will manage upgrades for Office apps and Edge internet browsers in addition to keeping Windows up to date on workers’ computers. Customers who pay for the requisite subscriptions in July will be able to access the preview, which Microsoft announced in November.
Microsoft has delivered new Windows features with security updates, so the new functionality won’t necessarily be a panacea.
“We still see patching is a problem,” said Michael Cherry, a senior analyst at Directions on Microsoft, which provides Microsoft product advice to businesses. It can be difficult to distinguish between vital adjustments and broader modifications that IT may consider unnecessary for many employees, according to Cherry.
Users spend more time on video chats, buying online, and playing video games on PCs in the last three quarters, driving up Windows revenue.
Microsoft 365 subscriptions are part of the Windows Commercial category, which also includes sophisticated security tools. Unlike sales of Windows licenses to device manufacturers, revenue from Windows Commercial is unrelated to devise sales.
In a note to clients over the weekend, analysts at Stifel, which has a buy recommendation on Microsoft shares, noted that Windows Commercial“is increasingly becoming a larger part of the total Windows revenue base,”
Microsoft also revealed various improvements for its Windows 11 operating system, which was introduced last year. A Do Not Disturb mode, program folders in the Start menu, and the option to browse several tabs in a single File Explorer window are among the new features.