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Microsoft Tests New Patch

     
9:16 pm on Mar 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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CIO Story [cio-today.com]

Microsoft has begun testing a new patch program designed to help enterprise users update versions of Windows, Office and other software. The program, called Update Services, should appear in final form later in the year and will be free to users.
9:37 pm on Mar 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It has just been made available as release candidate that you can register to download. [microsoft.com...]

I haven't used this but the previous product, Software Update Services (SUS) which just handled OS updates, was great.

10:22 am on Mar 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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SUS was better than nothing but it

- couldn't deploy Office patches,
- didn't let domain admins deploy MS's optional hotfixes or 3rd party patches
- wasn't integrated with Windows Installer technology and
- didn't allow for group- or OU-specific deployment.

So there's a lot of room for "further improvements" in Windows Update Services, now known as "Update Services".

BTW, very creative renaming by the marketing department: SUS => WUS => US => MUS?