W01 Windows as a Service Explained: Really, I've Got to Upgrade Windows Every Year?

August 9th, 2017

8:00am - 9:15am

Level: Introductory Intermediate

Mark Minasi

IT Consultant, Author, Speaker


One of the first things we learned about Windows 10 was that it was the last true version of Windows. That's why it was so jarring to subsequently learn Microsoft will actually release one or more new versions of Windows annually. So in other words, while Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, it's not really finished — and probably never will be.

Odd as it sounds, the idea of a constantly-changing Windows stems from a popular and years-old approach to software development called "agile." Microsoft's label for this never-finished Windows is "Windows as a Service." Microsoft will essentially roll out a new version of Windows every six months. You'll need to upgrade your systems to that new Windows within a year, or your system won't get security patches any more.

While that sounds a bit nutty, it may herald some truly positive changes for Windows users and administrators. In any case Windows admins really need to understand the ins and outs of this rapid-fire pace of Windows upgrades.

Fortunately for them, veteran Windows expert and bestselling author Mark Minasi has assembled a concise, entertaining talk explaining Windows as a Service from start to finish. After hearing Mark's description, you'll know how high flights are different from low flights, how to control the branch upon which your updates live, and how not to tear your hair out about the new ever-changing Windows.

You will learn:

  • What Microsoft means by "Windows as a Service"
  • The details of using "Windows Update for Business" to keep your systems updated and patched
  • How to plan for your Windows 10 upgrades