Last month, for the first time since Microsoft started Patch Tuesdays in the early 2000’s, the software company delayed issuing patches and updates for its software products that were scheduled to be updated on February 14, 2017.
While the specific reason was not officially provided by Microsoft, according to some reports, it was either an issue with a particular patch or the system that prepares the monthly collection of updates for distribution. A couple of days later Microsoft officially announced that those patches would be rolled into the March cycle of Patch Tuesday updates and those are scheduled to arrive next Tuesday.
Yet this past Tuesday, patches for Office were pushed out to users over Windows Update, so that shows the delivery mechanism itself is working fine. There are no indications from Microsoft that we should not see a normal Patch Tuesday next week.
I am sure if I asked many of you about Microsoft, Windows Update, and system patches most of you would not use the word normal to describe that process. In fact, over the years there have been many issues with patches that gets issued each month. This has become an even bigger concern for end users as Microsoft shipped Windows 10 and made updates mandatory for the consumer version of the operating system, i.e. Windows 10 Home.
As someone who has been watching this industry for many years and worked as a computer repair technician, I have seen the sorry state of people’s computers. Approximately 75% of those systems were out of date, missing at least two or three months worth of updates — when they weren’t missing updates dating back a year or more. So, unsurprisingly, many of the problems they were facing cleared up after getting the system up to date.