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    November 2021 Windows non-security preview "C" release available all supported versions of Windows
    The November 2021 non-security preview release, referred to as our "C" release, is now available for Windows 11 and other supported versions of Windows. Release notes associated to this update contain information on the contents of this release, and are available for Windows 11 under KB5007262. You can navigate the release notes pages for information about the contents of this release on other Windows versions. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows 10 quality updates primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate.

    IMPORTANT: There will be no preview, non-security “C” releases for Windows 10 or Windows 11 during the month of December. The "C" releases normally target the third week of the month. There will be a December "B" security update release, as usual.

    Highlights for the Windows 11 update:

    • Addresses an issue that causes Internet Explorer to stop working when you copy and paste text while using the Input Method Editor (IME).
    • Addresses an issue with the animation performance of icons on the taskbar.
    • Addresses an issue that might cause your device to report that it doesn't detect a printer after you plug it in.
    • Addresses an issue that might cause a temporary loss of audio on your device.
    • Addresses an issue that that causes some variable fonts to display incorrectly.
    2021-11-22
    14:00 PT
    Express yourself with new emoji now available in Windows 11
    New emoji are coming to Windows 11 starting today! Envisioned by Microsoft’s design teams to be familiar and fun, our new emoji will add personality and expressions to your messages.

    Today’s optional November 2021 Windows 11 preview release begins the rollout of the new emoji. Open your Windows Update settings (Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update) and select Check for updates. Once the update has been complete, press the Windows key and period key (.) to find the new emoji within the emoji picker. Learn more about the new emoji system in Express yourself with new emoji now available in Windows 11.
    2021-11-22
    14:00 PT
    Manage Windows updates for cloud-connected devices using the Microsoft Graph PowerShell SDK
    The Windows Update for Business deployment service enables you to streamline how you manage Windows feature and monthly security updates. The Microsoft Graph PowerShell Software Development Kit (SDK) can make it easier for you to schedule, deploy, and expedite these updates. Explore the new learning module, Manage Windows updates for cloud-connected devices by using the Microsoft Graph PowerShell SDK, to become familiar with the processes for enrolling devices and managing updates.
    2021-11-18
    16:00 PT
    Windows 10, version 21H2 is now available
    Windows 10, version 21H2 is now available for users with select devices running Windows 10, version 2004 or later who are interested to install this release on their device by checking for updates via Windows Update settings. The Windows 10 November 2021 Update focuses on hybrid and remote environments for working, learning and playing. Devices currently on Windows 10, version 2004 or newer will have a faster overall update experience, as the update will install like a monthly update. We recommend that you update your devices to the latest version of Windows 10 or upgrade eligible devices to Windows 11. For more information on how to get the November 2021 Update, watch our video.

    Learn more about the future Windows 10 release cadence and support in How to get the Windows 10 November 2021 Update. If you are an IT administrator, check out What's new for IT pros in Windows 10, version 21H2 for information on commercial release channels, deployment tools, and enhancements for commercial organizations.
    2021-11-16
    10:00 PT
    Reminder: End of servicing for Windows 10 version 2004 - December 14, 2021
    On December 14, 2021, all editions of Windows 10, version 2004 - also referred to as the May 2020 Update - will reach end of servicing. After that date, devices running these editions will no longer receive monthly security and quality updates.

    As always, we recommend that you update your devices to the latest version of Windows 10 as soon as possible to ensure that you can take advantage of the latest features and advanced protections from the latest security threats. Learn by reading our Windows IT Pro Blog post, Reminder: End of servicing for Windows 10, version 2004. For more information on end of service dates for currently supported versions of Windows 10, see the Windows 10 Home and Pro Lifecycle pageWindows 10 Enterprise and Education Lifecycle page, and Microsoft Lifecycle Policy search tool.
    2021-11-15
    16:00 PT
    Take action: Out-of-band update to address authentication issues on DCs relating to Kerberos delegation scenarios
    Microsoft is releasing Out-of-band (OOB) updates today, November 14, 2021, to resolve issues in which authentication might fail on DCs with certain Kerberos delegation scenarios on all supported versions of Windows Server when used as a Domain Controller. To get the standalone update package, search for it in the Microsoft Update Catalog. You can import this update into Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) manually. See the Microsoft Update Catalog for instructions. Note These updates are not available from Windows Update and will not install automatically.

    For instructions on how to install this update for your operating system, see the KB for your OS listed below:
    2021-11-14
    10:00 PT
    The new Microsoft Store is coming to Windows 10
    Starting today, the new Microsoft Store is coming to Windows 10 PCs. This experience will be rolled out in phases to users on Windows 10 PCs running Windows 10, version 2004 or newer, throughout the end of the year. It will come as an automatic Store background update – no action is required through Windows Update. The new Microsoft Store on Windows has been fully redesigned to offer more content in a responsive and simple experience. It also offers improvements to the tools which enable developers to discover and configure apps. Learn about the evolution here: Building a new, open Microsoft Store on Windows 11.
    2021-11-11
    10:00 PT
    Take action: November 2021 security update available for all supported versions of Windows
    The November 2021 security update release, referred to as our "B" release, is now available for Windows 11 and all supported versions of Windows 10. We recommend that you install these updates promptly. The Release Notes associated to this update contain a new video highlight with information on the contents in this release (Release notes might publish with a delay of up to an hour after the updates are available for download). For instructions on how to install this update on your home device, check this article. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows quality updates primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate.

    IMPORTANT: There will be no preview, non-security “C” releases for Windows 10 or Windows 11 during the month of December. The "C" releases normally target the third week of the month. There will be a December "B" security update release, as usual.

    Highlights for the Windows 11 update:

    • Addresses an issue with a 0 width Pen to render one pixel regardless of transformation.
    • Updates security for your Windows operating system.  
    • This update makes quality improvements to the Windows servicing stack, the component that installs Windows updates. 
    2021-11-09
    10:00 PT
    Take action: Out-of-band update to address an issue with Snipping Tool and issues in S Mode
    Microsoft is releasing an Out-of-band (OOB) update (KB5008295) today, November 5, 2021, to completely resolve a set of issues affecting the Snipping Tool, Touch Keyboard, some built-in apps and S Mode on Windows 11. These issues were partially resolved by KB5006746 released October 21, 2021.

    Devices directly connected to Windows Update and Windows Update for Business should be offered and automatically install KB5008295 to resolve the issues. If you would like to install the update before it is installed automatically, you will need to Check for updates. The update is available on Windows Update and Microsoft Update Catalog. In managed environments, you will need to import the package from Microsoft Update Catalog into your deployment tools. Note Release notes associated with this update might publish with a delay after the update is available for download.
    2021-11-05
    10:00 PT
    October 2021 Windows non-security preview "C" release available all supported versions for Windows
    The October 2021 non-security preview release, referred to as our "C" release, is now available for Windows 11 and all supported versions of Windows. See the Release Notes associated to this update for information on the contents of this release (Release Notes might publish with a delay of up to half an hour after the update is available for download). For instructions on how to install this update on your home device, check this article. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows quality updates primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate.

    REMINDER: Starting in October 2021, there are no longer non-security releases (known as "C" releases) for Windows 10, version 1909. Only cumulative monthly security updates (known as the "B" or Update Tuesday release) will continue for Windows 10, version 1909.

    Highlights for Windows 10, version 21H1 update:

    • Addresses an issue that might prevent subtitles from displaying for certain video apps and streaming video sites.
    • Addresses an issue that prevents Windows 10 virtual private network (VPN) users from connecting to Windows Server 2019 Routing and Remote Access service (RRAS) servers.
    • Addresses an issue that causes Windows to go into BitLocker recovery after a servicing update.
    • Addresses an issue that might cause Kerberos.dll to stop working within the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS).
    • Addresses an issue in Code Integrity that might cause a memory leak.
    2021-10-26
    10:00 PT
    Windows 11 cumulative update improvements
    With a redesigned cumulative update approach, Windows 11 comes with better fundamentals to help you install the latest security and quality updates faster, with a 40% size reduction in the update package size, and more reliably. To learn more about how we achieved more efficient packaging and a more streamlined update experience in Windows 11, read the full posts here Windows 11 cumulative update improvements: an overview and How Microsoft reduced Windows 11 update size by 40%.
    2021-10-26
    10:00 PT
    October 2021 Windows non-security preview "C" release is available for Windows 11
    The October 2021 monthly "C" release preview update is now available for Windows 11. The preview update for Windows 10, version 21H1, Windows 10, version 20H2, and Windows 10, version 2004 will be available in the near term. See the Release Notes associated to this update for information on the contents of this release (Release Notes might publish with a delay of up to half an hour after the update is available for download). For instructions on how to install this update on your home device, check this article. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows quality updates primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate.

    IMPORTANT: Starting October 2021, there are no longer optional, non-security releases (known as "C" releases) for Windows 10, version 1909. Only cumulative monthly security updates (known as the "B" or Update Tuesday release) will continue for Windows 10, version 1909.
    2021-10-21
    10:00 PT
    Windows update expiration policy explained
    Microsoft produces two to three updates per supported Windows platform monthly. As the catalog of updates starts to increase, it can potentially increase the size of update packages. With cumulative updates, we can allow older updates to expire, offering better performance, shorter scan times, a faster user experience, and reduced risk of deploying older updates. Learn more.
    2021-10-19
    17:00 PT
    October 2021 Windows non-security preview "C" release is available for Windows 10, version 1809
    The October 2021 monthly "C" release preview updates are now available for Windows 10, version 1809. The preview update for Windows 11, Windows 10, version 21H1, Windows 10, version 20H2, and Windows 10, version 2004 will be available in the near term. See the Release Notes associated to these updates for information on the contents of this release (Release Notes might publish with a delay of up to half an hour after the updates are available for download). For instructions on how to install this update on your home device, check this article. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows quality updates primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate.

    IMPORTANT: Starting October 2021, there are longer optional, non-security releases (known as "C" releases) for Windows 10, version 1909. Only cumulative monthly security updates (known as the "B" or Update Tuesday release) will continue for Windows 10, version 1909.
    2021-10-19
    10:00 PT
    Reminder: End of service for Windows 10 version 2004 - December 14, 2021
    On December 14, 2021, all editions of Windows 10, version 2004 (20H1) will reach end of service. After that date, devices running these editions will no longer receive monthly security and quality updates.

    As always, we recommend that you update your devices to the latest version of Windows 10 as soon as possible to ensure that you can take advantage of the latest features and advanced protections from the latest security threats. For more information on end of service dates for currently supported versions of Windows 10, see the Windows 10 Home and Pro Lifecycle page, Windows 10 Enterprise and Education Lifecycle page, and Microsoft Lifecycle Policy search tool.
    2021-10-19
    10:00 PT
    Take action: October 2021 security update available for all supported versions of Windows
    The October 2021 security update release, referred to as our "B" release, is now available for Windows 11 and all supported versions of Windows 10. We recommend that you install these updates promptly. The Release Notes associated to this update contain a new video highlight with information on the contents in this release (Release notes might publish with a delay of up to an hour after the updates are available for download). For instructions on how to install this update on your home device, check this article. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows quality updates primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate.

    REMINDER: Starting in October 2021, there will no longer be non-security releases (known as "C" releases) for Windows 10, version 1909. Only cumulative monthly security updates (known as the "B" or Update Tuesday release) will continue for Windows 10, version 1909.

    Highlights for the Windows 11 update:

    • Addresses known compatibility issues between some Intel “Killer” and “SmartByte” networking software and Windows 11 (original release).
    2021-10-12
    10:00 PT
    Windows 11 now available
    Windows 11 availability begins today for new devices pre-loaded with Windows 11 and eligible Windows 10 devices. Explore the powerful new experiences and learn how to get the upgrade when your device is ready. Curious about the Windows 11 upgrade experience? Watch this short video!
    2021-10-04
    13:00 PT
    Tools to support Windows 11 deployment
    With Windows 11 generally available, you can now begin to upgrade eligible Windows 10 devices in your organization, procure new devices with Windows 11 pre-installed, and empower your end users with signature experiences tuned for hybrid work. Take note of the tools available to support Windows 11 deployment in your organization so you can start taking advantage of chip to cloud protection, enhanced productivity, and streamlined collaboration capabilities today. Looking for more information on the rollout? Visit the new Windows 11 known issues and notifications page.
    2021-10-04
    13:00 PT
    September 2021 Windows non-security preview "C" release available all supported versions for Windows 10
    The September 2021 non-security preview release, referred to as our "C" release, is now available for Windows 10, version 21H1 and all supported versions of Windows. See the Release Notes associated to this update for information on the contents of this release. Please note the Release notes associated with these updates might publish with a delay of up to half an hour after the updates are available for download. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows 10 quality updates primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate.

    IMPORTANT: Starting in October 2021, there will no longer be non-security releases (known as "C" releases) for Windows 10, version 1909. Only cumulative monthly security updates (known as the "B" or Update Tuesday release) will continue for Windows 10, version 1909.

    Highlights for Windows 10, version 21H1 update:

    • Updates an issue that causes News and interests to appear when you right-click the taskbar even if you have turned off that feature on your device.
    • Updates an issue that causes blurry News and interests icons when you use certain screen resolutions.
    • Updates an issue that causes the system clock to be wrong by one hour after a daylight saving time (DST) change.  
    • Updates an issue that prevents you from providing input to apps when the taskbar is not at the bottom of the screen. 
    2021-09-30
    14:00 PT
    September 2021 Windows non-security preview "C" release is available for some versions for Windows 10
    The September 2021 monthly "C" release preview updates are now available for Windows 10, version 1909 and Windows 10, version 1809. The preview update for Windows 10, version 21H1, Windows 10, version 20H2, and Windows 10, version 2004 will be available in the near term. See the Release Notes associated to these updates for information on the contents of this release (Release Notes might publish with a delay of up to half an hour after the updates are available for download). To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows 10 quality updates primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate.

    IMPORTANT: Starting in October 2021, there will no longer be optional, non-security releases (known as "C" releases) for Windows 10, version 1909. Only cumulative monthly security updates (known as the "B" or Update Tuesday release) will continue for Windows 10, version 1909.
    2021-09-21
    14:00 PT
    Resources to support Windows Server 2022 deployment
    Since announcing the general availability of Windows Server 2022, we have published a couple of resources to help you test and deploy your server environment:

    Click the above links for guidance and to learn more.
    2021-09-20
    15:00 PT
    Take action: September 2021 security update available for all supported versions of Windows
    The September 2021 security update release, referred to as our "B" release, is now available for Windows 10, version 21H1 and all supported versions of Windows. We recommend that you install these updates promptly. See the Release Notes associated to this update for information on the contents of this release (Release notes might publish with a delay of up to an hour after the updates are available for download). To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows 10 quality updates primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate.

    REMINDER: Starting in October 2021, there will no longer be non-security releases (known as "C" releases) for Windows 10, version 1909. Only cumulative monthly security updates (known as the "B" or Update Tuesday release) will continue for Windows 10, version 1909.

    Highlights for Windows 10, version 21H1 update:

    • Addresses an issue that causes PowerShell to create an infinite number of child directories. This issue occurs when you use the PowerShell Move-Item command to move a directory to one of its children.
    • For more information about the resolved security vulnerabilities, please refer to the new Security Update Guide website.
    2021-09-14
    10:00 PT
    Join us at Microsoft Ignite!
    On November 4, 2021, join us at Microsoft Ignite, a digital experience where you’ll find the latest product demos, Q&A with Microsoft experts, technical deep dives, and more. There will be a number of specialized Windows Servicing & Delivering sessions that will address diverse learning and improvement topics, so be sure to set your schedule to maximize your Ignite experience.

    Click here to download a calendar event reminder (.ics file) and bookmark the Microsoft Ignite event page. We’ll be sharing more details about the event and sessions soon.
    2021-09-09
    14:00 PT
    Windows 11 and Windows 10, version 21H2 feature update is released for commercial preview!
    Commercial organizations can now begin feature exploration and validation prior to general availability of Windows 11 and Windows 10, version 21H2 through the Windows Insider Program for Business Release Preview Channel. Organizations enrolled in the Windows Insider Program for Business can access these builds through standard channels, including Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Azure Marketplace, and the Windows Insider Program ISO download page. There’s also free support available for commercial organizations running these builds so they can test the releases while remaining supported.
     
    Read more about the commercial previews for Windows 11 and Windows 10, version 21H2 so you can get started on exploring these releases!
    2021-09-02
    16:00 PT
    Windows Thin PC ending support on October 12, 2021
    Windows Thin PC will end support on October 12, 2021. For organizations still maintaining Windows Thin PC, Microsoft recommends that you consider moving to a newer remote desktop client. Enterprise organizations needing information on upgrading should contact the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or Microsoft Authorized Distributor.

    OEMs needing additional information should contact their Microsoft sales representative or distributor. For information about the Windows lifecycle, please see the Windows Lifecycle FAQ.
    2021-09-02
    16:00 PT
    August 2021 Windows non-security preview "C" release available all supported versions for Windows 10
    The August 2021 non-security preview release, referred to as our "C" release, is now available for Windows 10, version 21H1 and all supported versions of Windows. See the Release Notes associated to this update for information on the contents of this release. Please note the English versions of the Release notes associated with these updates might publish with a delay of up to an hour after the updates are available for download. The remaining languages will follow in the coming weeks. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows 10 quality updates primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate.

    IMPORTANT: Starting in October 2021, there will no longer be non-security releases (known as "C" releases) for Windows 10, version 1909. Only cumulative monthly security updates (known as the "B" or Update Tuesday release) will continue for Windows 10, version 1909.

    Highlights for Windows 10, version 21H1 update:

    • This release enables over 1400 new mobile device management (MDM) policies. With them, you can configure policies that Group Policies also support. These new MDM policies include administrative template (ADMX) policies, such as App Compat, Event Forwarding, Servicing, and Task Scheduler. Starting in September 2021, you can use the Microsoft Endpoint Manager (MEM) Settings Catalog to configure these new MDM policies. For more information, see The latest in Group Policy settings parity in Mobile Device Management.
    • Updates an issue that provides the wrong Furigana result when you cancel the Japanese reconversion.
    • Updates an issue that prevents audio headsets that connect to a device using USB from working if the device has certain third-party audio drivers.
    • Updates an issue with resizing images that might produce flickering and residual line artifacts.
    • Updates an issue that might cause your device to stop working when making a touch input gesture. This issue occurs if you bring more fingers into contact with the touchpad or screen during the middle of the gesture.
    • Updates an issue that might cause an external monitor to display a black screen after Hibernation. This issue might occur when the external monitor connects to a docking station using a certain hardware interface.
    2021-09-01
    14:00 PT
    Windows Server 2022 is now available
    We are excited to announce the general availability of Windows Server 2022! Windows Server 2022 introduces several new enhancements and technical capabilities that will help you modernize your server environment. By upgrading to Windows Server 2022, you can take advantage of multi-layer security with Secured-core server, and secured connectivity. In addition, you can leverage cloud services with on-premises by connecting with Azure Arc, SMB Compression to improve application file transfer, the Windows Admin Center, scalability improvements, advancements to Windows containers, and more.
    For a full list of all the improvements and get you started, see the announcement Windows Server 2022 now generally available.
    2021-09-01
    12:00 PT
    Windows 11: General availability on October 5, 2021
    Today, we are announcing Windows 11 will start to become available on October 5, 2021. On this day, the free upgrade to Windows 11 will begin rolling out to eligible Windows 10 PCs and PCs that come pre-loaded with Windows 11 will start to become available for purchase. A new Windows experience, Windows 11 is designed to bring you closer to what you love. As the PC continues to play a more central role in our lives than ever before, Windows 11 is ready to empower your productivity and inspire your creativity. You can find out more about Windows 11 highlights, rollout, and availability in the Windows Experience Blog.
    2021-08-31
    06:00 PT
    August 2021 Windows non-security preview "C" release is available for some versions for Windows 10
    The August 2021 monthly "C" release preview updates are now available for Windows 10, version 1909 and Windows 10, version 1809. The preview update for Windows 10, version 21H1, Windows 10, version 20H2, and Windows 10, version 2004 will be available in the near term. See the Release Notes associated to these updates for information on the contents of this release (Release Notes might publish with a delay of up to an hour after the updates are available for download). To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows 10 quality updates primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate.

    IMPORTANT: Starting in October 2021, there will no longer be optional, non-security releases (known as "C" releases) for Windows 10, version 1909. Only cumulative monthly security updates (known as the "B" or Update Tuesday release) will continue for Windows 10, version 1909.
    2021-08-26
    10:00 PT
    Finding Windows 10 language packs on Windows 10 Enterprise subscriptions
    For Windows 10 Enterprise subscriptions, it’s recommended that you download language pack media from the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC). You’ll be able to find the currently available ISO images containing language packs and local experience packs. Learn more about adding languages to Windows images and leveraging Windows Update for a seamless language pack preservation experience, read How to find Windows 10 language packs if your organization has Windows 10 Enterprise subscriptions.
    2021-08-18
    15:00 PT
    Introducing layered Group Policy
    To give users greater control and visibility over corporate-owned devices, we have now enabled the apply layered Group Policy feature, giving you the ability to decide which devices can be installed on machines across your organization and which are prohibited. The ability to apply layered Group Policy is now available for all versions of Windows 10 as part of the July 2021 optional "C" client release and made more broadly available in the August 2021 Update Tuesday release. This feature will also be supported in Windows 11. To learn more, see Introducing the ability to apply layered Group Policy and Manage Device Installation with Group Policy.
    2021-08-16
    15:00 PT
    The latest on simplified deployment of Windows servicing stack updates
    Taking your valuable feedback into account, we’ve extended the combined cumulative update capabilities to Windows 10, version 1809, Windows Server 2019, and Windows 10, version 1909. You can now leverage the Windows Insider Pre-release Category in Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) to deploy the August 2021 monthly quality update and SSU together as a single package to devices running these versions. To learn more about the improvements made to simplify deployment of Windows servicing stack updates, read the full post here Simplified deployment of Windows servicing stack updates: what's new.
    2021-08-10
    17:00 PT
    Take action: August 2021 security update available for all supported versions of Windows
    The August 2021 security update release, referred to as our “B” release, is now available for Windows 10, version 21H1 and all supported versions of Windows. Release notes associated with these updates might publish with a delay of up to an hour after the updates are available for download. We recommend that you install these updates promptly. For more information on the different types of monthly quality updates, see our updated Windows quality updates primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate.

    Important: This release updates the default installation privilege requirement so that you must be an administrator to install drivers when using Point and Print. See KB5005652Point and Print Default Behavior Change, and CVE-2021-34481 for more information.
    2021-08-10
    10:00 PT
    Windows 365 now generally available
    On August 2nd, Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows 365. Customers can now experience the power, simplicity, and security of a Cloud PC through Windows 365. Windows 365 takes the operating system to the Microsoft Cloud, securely streaming the full Windows experience—including all apps, data, and settings—to personal or corporate devices.
     
    Commercial organizations looking for guidance can read the recent blog posts on Getting started with Windows 365 Business (for up to 300 users) and Getting started with Windows 365 Enterprise (for more than 300 users). There is also an introductory Microsoft Mechanics video from Scott Manchester on What it is, how it works, and how to set it up plus a tutorial on the admin setup and management experience.
    2021-08-09
    14:00 PT
    July 2021 Windows non-security preview "C" release is available for all supported versions of Windows
    The July 2021 non-security preview release, referred to as our "C" release, is now available for Windows 10, version 21H1 and all supported versions of Windows. Release notes associated with these updates might publish with a delay of up to an hour after the updates are available for download. For more information on the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows 10 quality updates primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate.
    2021-07-29
    14:00 PT
    The Intrazone: new podcast on Windows planning & deployment
    Get familiar with Windows planning & deployment with The Intrazone podcast, featuring Jason Howard and Thomas Trombley on the topic of Windows plus Microsoft 365, from chip to cloud. This podcast covers a lot of ground, including the inception of Windows 10 and the evolution of the onboarding experience from early years to the shift to a hybrid workforce. To listen to this podcast episode, visit the Windows plus Microsoft 365, from chip to cloud The Intrazone podcast page.
    2021-07-29
    10:00 PT
    Refresh your knowledge on monthly updates and learn how to improve patching efficiency
    Monthly quality updates are cumulative and provide security fixes to help protect devices before unpatched vulnerabilities can potentially be exploited. There are different types of monthly quality updates, referred to as B, C, and out-of-band (OOB) releases, which help devices stay protected and productive. Effective monthly patching can be achieved by following a "cloud cadence" process and transforming the approach to monthly servicing.
     
    To learn more about the role of monthly quality updates for individual end-users and enterprises alike, see the updated Windows quality updates primer and review the new technical documentation for Monthly quality updates. Additionally, visit Microsoft's guide to achieving world-class Windows monthly patching efficiency for details on the key transformations you can make to increase the efficiency of update management in your organization.
    2021-07-22
    11:00 PT
    Evolving the Microsoft Store for Business and Education
    Today, we announced exciting plans that bring together the management capabilities of Microsoft Endpoint Manager, the new Microsoft Store, and the flexibility of Windows Package Manager. These plans enhance the new Microsoft Store experience that is coming soon to both Windows 11 and Windows 10. Find frequently asked questions and tips on how to prepare for these experiences in the Windows IT Pro Blog.
    2021-07-21
    09:00 PT
    Announcing Update Health Tools
    Microsoft's new Update Health Tools enable the Windows Update for Business deployment service feature for expediting Windows 10 security updates using Microsoft Endpoint Manager. Update Health Tools are automatically deployed to devices connected to Windows Update, but you can also manually deploy them. For more information about what you need to do before and during the manual deployment of Update Health Tools, visit this post Announcing Update Health Tools.
    2021-07-20
    18:00 PT
    July 2021 Windows non-security preview "C" release is available for Windows 10, version 1809
    The July 2021 monthly "C" release preview update is now available for Windows 10, version 1809. The preview update for Windows 10, version 21H1, Windows 10, version 20H2, Windows 10, version 2004, and Windows 10, version 1909 will be available in the near term. Release notes associated with these updates might publish with a delay of up to an hour after the updates are available for download. For more information on the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows 10 update servicing cadence primer. Follow @WindowsUpdate for the latest on the availability of this release.
    2021-07-20
    14:00 PT
    Join the Tech Community Live: Windows edition on July 21, 2021
    Join the upcoming Tech Community Live: Windows edition, July 21, 2021, from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM (PDT). This full-day session is your chance to connect with our product teams and engineers for valuable insights and best practices, as well as get answers to your questions during our Ask Microsoft Anything (AMA) segment.
    2021-07-20
    14:00 PT
    Introducing Windows 10, version 21H2
    Today, we introduced the next feature update to Windows 10: Windows 10, version 21H2. While we are excited for Windows 11, we are also focused on supporting devices on Windows 10 and providing new features and functionality via a fast and reliable update experience. Version 21H2 will continue the recent feature update trend of being delivered in an optimized way using servicing technology. Our launch approach for version 21H2 also continues to fully leverage the Windows Insider Program to obtain user feedback and data insights on quality. To learn more about new features focused on productivity and security, how we plan to service the release, and next steps, see Introducing the next feature update to Windows 10: 21H2.
    2021-07-15
    15:00 PT
    The Windows release health site is now available in 10 languages
    Based on one of the top request from last year's feedback survey, we are happy to share that Windows release health on docs.microsoft.com is now available in 10 languages. You can access information about the status of issues, safeguard holds, lifecycle, and feature rollouts in French (France), German, Spanish (Spain), Japanese, Chinese Traditional, Chinese Simplified, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Italian, and Korean. For more information about this announcement, see Windows release health now localized in 10 languages.

    We continue to make investments in Windows release health on docs.microsoft.com so please take a moment and participate in this year's survey. It will take 2 to 3 minutes and you can get started here.
    2021-07-15
    10:00 PT
    Take action: July 2021 security update available for all supported versions of Windows
    The July 2021 security update release, referred to as our “B” release, is now available for Windows 10, version 21H1 and all supported versions of Windows. Release notes associated with these updates might publish with a delay of up to an hour after the updates are available for download. We recommend that you install these updates promptly. For more information on the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows 10 update servicing cadence primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate.
    2021-07-13
    10:00 PT
    Planning for Windows 11: best practices for organizations
    After announcing Windows 11 to the world, we’d like to share practical tips that will set you up for success as you plan for updates in your organization. Windows 11 includes great new capabilities for end users and commercial organizations that were directly developed in response to user feedback and to meet the needs of hybrid work. For a full outline of the best practices you can employ today to pave the way for a smooth integration of Windows 11 into your device estate, visit this post Planning for Windows 11: best practices for organizations.
    2021-07-12
    15:00 PT
    Clarified Guidance for CVE-2021-34527 Windows Print Spooler Vulnerability
    To help customers understand and implement guidance related to CVE-2021-34527 – Windows Print Spooler Remote Code Execution Vulnerability, we have:
    2021-07-08
    19:00 PT
    Skype for Business Online retires July 31, 2021
    As announced in July of 2019, Skype for Business Online will be retired on July 31, 2021. After that date, the service will no longer be accessible. If your organization has not yet completed the transition to Teams, please read Skype for Business Online retires July 31, 2021 – here’s what to expect for guidance and details on the Microsoft-assisted upgrade process. (Note: The retirement of Skype for Business Online does not affect the Skype consumer service or Skype for Business Server products.)
    2021-07-08
    14:00 PT
    Take action: Out-of-band update to address a remote code execution exploit in the Windows Print Spooler service
    Updated July 7, 2021
    Microsoft identified a security issue that affects all versions of Windows and have expedited a resolution for supported versions of Windows that will automatically be applied to most devices. For more information on the security issue, see CVE-2021-34527.

    We recommend you update your devices as soon as possible. The update is available on all release channels including Windows Update, Microsoft Update Catalog and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS). For instructions on how to Check for updates on consumer devices and non-managed business devices, please see Update Windows 10

    For instructions on how to install this update for your operating system, see the KB for your OS listed below:
    Note Release notes associated with these updates might publish with a delay of up to an hour after the updates are available for download. 

    Important An update has now been released for all affected versions of Windows that are still in support.
    2021-07-06
    14:00 PT
    New print spooler Security Advisory: CVE-2021-34527 - Windows Print Spooler Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
    Microsoft is aware of and investigating a remote code execution vulnerability that affects Windows Print Spooler and has assigned CVE-2021-34527 to this vulnerability. This is an evolving situation and we will update the CVE as more information is available. For more information, see CVE-2021-34527.

    Updated July 2, 2021: CVE-2021-34527 has been updated with additional information.

    Updated July 6, 2021: CVE-2021-34527 has been updated with additional information and out-of-band updates have been released to address this CVE. For more information, see CVE-2021-34527 or the announcement above.
    2021-07-01
    18:20 PT
    Windows lifecycle and servicing update
    Along with the user experience and security improvements Windows 11 will offer, we are introducing enhancements to our servicing approach based on your feedback.
     
    Windows 11 will have an annual feature update cadence, a change from the semi-annual cadence of Windows 10. We will continue to provide choices that empower all users with control and transparency related to device updates. For end users, this includes the ability to schedule a restart, pause an update, and have control over which optional updates to install. For organizations, this includes ensuring you can use familiar management and deployment tools and processes to control when and how you upgrade your device estate.
    2021-07-01
    10:00 PT
    A framework for Windows endpoint management transformation
    Investments in Azure and Microsoft 365 can streamline your transition to the cloud and make it easier to manage endpoints across your organization. An endpoint management framework can accommodate the needs to update, extend, standardize, revitalize, secure, and simplify. This modern "north star" approach is a holistic end-to-end solution that helps simplify operations, optimize user experiences, and increase security. To see more details, read the blog A framework for Windows endpoint management transformation.
    2021-06-29
    16:00 PT
    Out-of-band update to address an issue in which IE11 and apps using the WebBrowser control might fail to open PDFs
    An out-of-band optional update is now available on the Microsoft Update Catalog to address an issue in which Internet Explorer 11 and apps using the WebBrowser control might fail to open PDF files. We recommend you only install this optional update on your device if you are affected by this issue.

    For more information, see the known issues section for your version of Windows 10 or see the article for the resolving update, KB5004760.
    2021-06-29
    10:00 PT
    Introducing Windows 11
    Today we announced Windows 11, the next generation of Windows. Windows 11 will offer new flexible, intuitive, intelligent experiences that support the way you want to work, teach, and learn. Windows 11 is also the operating system for hybrid work. Secure by design, with added protections from the chip to the cloud, it builds on the best from Windows 10, ensuring that the investments organizations have made in update and device management are carried forward. To learn more, watch What’s next for Windows. For more details for commercial organizations, including answers to common questions, see the Windows 11 overview.
    2021-06-24
    09:00 PT
    June 2021 Windows non-security preview "C" release is available for all supported versions of Windows
    The June 2021 non-security preview release, referred to as our "C" release, is now available for Windows 10, version 21H1 and all supported versions of Windows. Release notes associated with these updates might publish with a delay of up to an hour after the updates are available for download. For more information on the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows 10 update servicing cadence primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate.
    2021-06-21
    14:00 PT
    PowerShell for the Windows Update for Business deployment service now available!
    PowerShell can now be employed in tandem with Microsoft Graph APIs to better utilize the Windows Update for Business deployment service. The Microsoft Graph PowerShell SDK allows users and IT administrators to explore the latest deployment service functionality, in addition to easily scripting and automating common update actions. To see the details, check the blog PowerShell for the Windows Update for Business deployment service. 
    2021-06-18
    14:00 PT
    We welcome your feedback
    Please take a moment and participate in this quick survey we’ve prepared as part of our continued effort to evolve the design and utility of the Windows release health dashboard. We want to hear from you so we can focus on what matters most! The Windows release health dashboard includes pages for all supported versions of Windows 10 with known issues and rollout updates, in addition to the Windows message center, and Windows release information page. Our 5-question survey can take as little as two minutes. Get started!
    2021-06-17
    13:00 PT
    Join Windows office hours on June 17, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. PT
    Join the upcoming Windows office hours session, taking place on the Windows servicing community, Thursday June 17, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. This session will focus on managing Windows updates for remote and onsite devices and will feature members of the Windows and Microsoft Endpoint Manager product and engineering teams. Get help with specific issues, and learn tips to increase update velocity.

    Save the date and see the Windows IT Pro Blog for full details.
    2021-06-15
    18:00 PT
    June 2021 Windows non-security preview "C" release is available for some versions for Windows 10
    The June 2021 monthly "C" release preview updates are now available for Windows 10, version 1909 and Windows 10, version 1809. The preview update for Windows 10, version 20H2, Windows 10, version 21H1, and Windows 10, version 2004 will be available in the near term. Release notes associated with these updates might publish with a delay of up to an hour after the updates are available for download. For more information on the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows 10 update servicing cadence primer. Follow @WindowsUpdate for the latest on the availability of this release.
    2021-06-15
    14:00 PT
    Learning Module: Manage Windows updates in the cloud
    Curious to learn all there is to know about how to manage updates for your devices? In this comprehensive module, you’ll be able to:

    • Describe the tools you can use to update Windows devices
    • Manage quality, feature, and driver updates for Windows devices
    • Manage the post-deployment experience for updates
    This set of modules cover best practices and the options you have available to keep your devices up to date with Windows updates, helping you manage employee productivity, cost, and critical business activities, and ensuring the security of devices in your organization. To start learning, see Manage Windows updates in the cloud.
    2021-06-14
    12:00 PT
    Out-of-band update to address an issue preventing installing or opening Xbox Game Pass games
    Microsoft has identified an issue that affects a small number of devices with Windows 10, version 20H1, Windows 10, version 20H2, and Windows 10, version 21H1 and have expedited a resolution which is now available as an out-of-band update. This update address an issue in which attempting to install or open an Xbox Game Pass game on your Windows 10 device, you might be redirected to the Microsoft Store page for Gaming Services. For more information on the issue, see KB5004327: Error 0x80073D26 or 0x8007139F occurs when you install or start Gaming Services on a Windows 10 device. You do not need to install this update if you are not experiencing this issue.

    It is a cumulative update, so you do not need to apply any previous update before installing it. To install KB5004476, you will need to Check for updates, then select View optional updates, then select the update from the list and select Download and install. For instructions on how to Check for updates, please see Update Windows 10. The update is available on Windows Update and Microsoft Update Catalog. You can import this update into Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) manually. See the Microsoft Update Catalog for instructions. Note Release notes associated with this update might publish with a delay after the update is available for download.
    2021-06-11
    11:00 PT
    Take action: June 2021 security update available for all supported versions of Windows
    The June 2021 security update release, referred to as our “B” release, is now available for Windows 10, version 21H1 and all supported versions of Windows. Release notes associated with these updates might publish with a delay of up to an hour after the updates are available for download. We recommend that you install these updates promptly. For more information on the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows 10 update servicing cadence primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate.

    Note: An Important Security Feature Bypass vulnerability has been included in this release but is disabled by default. We recommended that you verify if client/server applications in your environment using RPC or DCOMM work as expected with the hardening changes enabled and enable it in your environment as soon as possible. For more information, see CVE-2021-26414 and KB5004442.
    2021-06-08
    10:00 PT
    May 2021 Windows non-security preview "C" release is available for all supported versions
    The May 2021 monthly "C" release preview updates are now available for all supported versions of Windows 10, including Windows 10, version 21H1, Windows 10, version 20H2, and Windows 10, version 2004. Release notes associated with these updates might publish with a delay of up to an hour after the updates are available for download. For more information on the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows 10 update servicing cadence primer. Follow @WindowsUpdate for the latest on the availability of this release.
    2021-05-25
    14:00 PT