The third installment of this series, which explains the functions and deployment methods for utilizing “Windows 10” in enterprises, takes up “Windows as a Service”, which is the biggest feature of Windows 10, and provides an overview and actual deployment management. I would like to explain the functions and setting methods of “Windows Update for Business” for
Why the “Windows as a Service” Model?
“Windows as a Service” (hereafter WaaS) is a new concept model in which Microsoft regularly and continuously provides free upgrade modules for adding or enhancing functions to Windows 10-equipped devices.
Until now, Windows has been supported for about 10 years after a new version is released, and during that period security updates and bug fixes are regularly provided free of charge to deal with new malware and vulnerabilities. I’ve been Then, major version upgrades were performed in a cycle of about three years, and it was a form of upgrading to the latest Windows with a paid upgrade license.
The concept of “Windows as a Service”
The point here is that in the conventional Windows, as a general rule, functions were not added after being released to the market. For example, after releasing Windows 7 to the market, we implemented bug fixes, but did not add functions in response to requests from users and the market for functional improvements.
Microsoft has added features in the form of Service Packs and Feature Packs to Windows XP and earlier generations. However, since Windows Vista, Service Packs have been positioned as cumulative patches, and no major feature additions have been incorporated here. As a result, the provision of new functions to Windows 7 users was at worst three years after the next major version, Windows 8.
However, in recent years, there is a need for rapid implementation of functions in order to respond to the rapidly expanding targeted attacks and to realize flexible IT responses to work style changes that are diversifying work styles. The situation where it takes several years to implement a feature has become unsuitable.
The concept of WaaS was introduced in order to reduce the time required to implement new functions in Windows and to quickly respond to requests from users and the market. will continue to be provided free of charge via At the same time, this also means that the provision form of major version upgrades every three years has ended, and Windows 10 will be the final version.
Windows 10 update module configuration and version notation
The Windows 10 upgrade consists of two types of modules that Microsoft provides through Windows Update. One is an upgrade module with additional functions called “Feature Upgrade”. The other is the “Servicing Update,” which corresponds to the conventional update program.
The Feature Upgrade version was previously indicated by the Build number, but from the new Build in November, the version number that describes the year and month will be assigned. The latest Feature Upgrade is version “1511” and is written as “Windows 10 Ver.1511”.
And Servicing Update will be released in the form of corresponding packages for each Feature Upgrade version. At the time of article publication (December 2015), two packages are provided: Servicing Update for Release Build (ver.1507) and Servicing Update for ver.1511.