Developer lifts Windows 7's update blockade with unsanctioned patch

Developer lifts Windows 7's update blockade with unsanctioned patch

In the same blog post making the announcement, the firm promised to release major Windows 10 updates every March and September from here on out.

We have already seen Microsoft talking about the expected update schedule for its Windows 10 operating system.

If a PC is blocked by Microsoft from receiving future security updates via Windows Update - or in a corporate environment, through Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) - customers can not easily break the blockade, whether because of an error on Microsoft's part or because they don't agree with the company's policy. Instead, we got the introduction of digital books and a Dolby Atmos app in the store (seriously, that's what Microsoft highlighted as "What's new in the Windows Store with the Creators Update)".

The revelation comes as Microsoft announces plans to align its feature releases of Windows and Office, primarily to make things easier for enterprise users. The original Windows 10, released on July 29, 2015, will receive its last security patches next month, probably May 9. For example, in the case of Windows 10 Creators Update, the recent version will be supported until September 2018.

IT pros who want more clarity from Microsoft about the company's update schedule plans can join a question-and-answer session the company has scheduled for next week.

The Register has asked Microsoft for more information on this schedule and will update this story if it offers any comment on how it feels businesses will cope with frequent Windows re-deployments and a schedule that "targets" September but doesn't commit to it. ®.

In an announcement on the Windows for Business blog, we have learned that the Redmond company has made a decision to align the release and support cycles of Windows 10, Office 365, and System Center Configuration Manager.

The two-per-year rule and timing will also apply to the Office 365 application bundle-well, at least to the Office ProPlus version of the cloud applications suite. The updates will arrive in March and September and will be serviced and supported for 18 months, Microsoft committed on Thursday. Office 365 ProPlus will have its major updates at the same time.

A year ago, we looked at a way to get a Windows 7-ish Start menu without using third-party software by dumping all the live tiles. Others can not be uninstalled this way however, and the Move apps option worked for a short period of time but has been inactive for the most part of its existence.