Between the tactics of Microsoft's new leadership and the recent release of Office 365 for iPad, it's safe to say that the corporation hasn't hesitated to push its latest and greatest software solutions. Windows 8.1 Update 1 has received generally positive reviews from those who have recently enrolled in Microsoft certification courses, but some business leaders are wondering whether or not Microsoft is being too hasty.
Pushing for updates
According to a blog post written by Senior Consultant with Microsoft Consulting Services Steve Thomas, as of April 15, customers with Windows 8.1 PCs would have to be running the operating system's latest update in order to receive May's first wave of security patches, as well as future ones. Apparently the policy only would have applied to those using Windows Server Update Services, a Microsoft tool that automatically downloads and installs upgrades to networked PCs.
Enterprises that enrolled their employees in Microsoft training in order to get them more acclimated to Windows 8, Microsoft's 2013 release, were likely relieved to hear that companies operating under the solution would continue to receive security updates. Kent Tibbils, vice president of marketing at Fremont, Cali.-based Microsoft system constructing partner ASI, told CRN that he though the move somewhat peculiar.
"We are wondering why they would limit this to having to be done in the next 30 days," Tibbils told the news source.
Responding to customer concerns
However, many Windows 8.1 users weren't necessarily enthusiastic when it came to the 30-day limitation. Therefore, on April 16, Microsoft announced that it will prolong the Windows 8.1 Update migration deadline for businesses by three months. CIO reported that many IT professionals have criticized the company for its aggressive schedule, which most likely motivated the extension. In the past, the software development leader had allowed subscribers to update within 24 months.
In order to discern the reasoning behind the business move, Microsoft spokesman Brandon LeBlanc stated that the corporation is merely attempting to provide a more rapid rhythm of feature improvements to its customers. The expedited update schedule is sure to foster enrollment in Microsoft training courses, which are being adjusted to include classes educating students about Windows 8 and 8.1.
There's no questioning that the corporation is making significant leaps in 2014, with continued investment in the Internet of Things and cloud computing, which has been spearheaded by CEO Satya Nadella.