Windows 10 is becoming a game changer for Microsoft, as it's supposed to help the company continue its domination in the desktop industry, increase its presence in the mobile world, and adjust its approach to customers on every single platform.
One of the things that Microsoft promised to greatly improve in Windows 10 is the update cadence, pledging to release improvements for those running the new OS on their computers as soon as they are available. In other words, you won't have to wait a few months or years to get major updates for your PC, but a lot less because the company would ship them when development and testing are completed.
Microsoft's executives reiterated this plan at BUILD 2015 last week and at Ignite earlier this week, but there still are a few specifics to be disclosed here.
The biggest question concerns the updates that Microsoft is planning to ship to Windows users. Are security updates included in this new approach?
Because if they are, this change could mean the end of Patch Tuesday.
Microsoft has often been criticized for releasing security updates too slow, despite the fact that some of the found vulnerabilities were critical to users' computers.
With Windows 10, the company could finally address this criticism and bring security updates for Windows, Edge, Office, and other software just when they are ready.
Obviously, there's also a setback in all of this. Microsoft would have to thoroughly test every single security update that would be shipped to customers because bringing them out faster could also mean that they are more prone to bugs and performance issues.
Patch Tuesday has a really negative track on botched updates, and IT pros are afraid of this monthly release because some of the updates could wreak havoc on their computers, no matter what software they are running.
So if Microsoft indeed kills Patch Tuesday with Windows 10 and brings out security updates a lot faster, it just needs to pay more attention to every single release to make sure that this strategy won't turn against itself.