Celebrating 20 years of Patch Tuesday updates, Microsoft reflects on the history and evolution of this critical security feature. Serving more than 1.4 billion active devices monthly, Patch Tuesday has become an industry standard, keeping users and institutions secure and productive.Bullet Points:
Reflecting on Two Decades of Windows Patch Tuesday
Marking a significant milestone in Microsoft’s history, this year celebrates 20 years of Patch Tuesday updates. With over 1.4 billion monthly active Windows devices, the priority remains to keep users worldwide secure and productive.
Security: The Top Priority
In today’s security climate, keeping the critical ecosystem secure is more important than ever. While continuous innovation allows for bug fixes and new features, security remains the primary job. Patch Tuesday updates serve as a vehicle for this crucial task.
“In the end security is job one. Monthly Patch Tuesday updates serve as a vehicle for just that.”
Origins and Evolution of Patch Tuesday
Bill Gates announced the Trustworthy Computing (TwC) initiative on January 12, 2002, prompting a shift towards securing features across all products. This led to the consolidation of the security update process into the predictable cadence of monthly Patch Tuesday updates.
A Brief History of Patch Tuesdays
The 20-year tenure of Patch Tuesdays has seen continuous evolution and significant highlights, including the introduction of supporting patch management processes, enhanced security features, and new tools for deploying and assessing security updates.
Major Updates and Innovations
From the release of Windows Vista and Windows 7, which incorporated enhanced security features, to the introduction of Windows 10, representing a shift towards a “Windows as a service” model, Patch Tuesdays have been instrumental in the ongoing evolution of Windows’ security measures.
“Windows 10 represents a fundamental shift towards a ‘Windows as a service’ model.”
Over the years, Patch Tuesdays have become an industry standard, protecting and enhancing not just Windows, but the people, companies, and institutions that rely on it.
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