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Ballmer Introduces Microsoft Update for Windows at Tech... - 6/7/2005 12:50:46 AM   
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Microsoft signals the importance of its new Windows Update with CEO Steve Ballmer's claim it makes Windows cheaper to patch than Linux.

Microsoft launched its unified update and patch service, dubbed Microsoft Update, on Monday, with chief executive Steve Ballmer leading the charge by claiming that Windows is 13 to 14 percent cheaper to patch than rival Linux operating systems.

According to research commissioned by Microsoft, Windows Server software is less expensive to patch and update, Ballmer announced during his wide-ranging presentation to kick off TechEd 2005 in Orlando.

"We've really made security job number 1," Ballmer said, "and we still have security absolutely as job 1.

"None of this is designed to tell you that our job is done," Ballmer went on, "and you'll see us continue to invest in security."

Along with the survey Ballmer touted -- which was done for Microsoft by Bangalore, India-based Wipro, an IT service provider and outsourcer -- he showed the audience slides claiming that the number of vulnerabilities in Windows Server 2003 were far lower than rival Linux distributions from SuSE and Red Hat. Ballmer's tally had Windows Server 2003 with just 30 vulnerabilities over the past year, compared to 164 for SuSE and 191 for Red Hat.

Ballmer then announced that Microsoft Update, the all-in-one update service that Microsoft has been testing since March, after its February announcement by chairman Bill Gates, was going live Monday.

The successor to Windows Update assembles updates for a variety of Microsoft software in one place, including patches for Windows, the Office suite, Exchange, and SQL Server. It's available, however, only to users of Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003.

"We've taken the concept of Windows Update and moved it up to a whole new level," said Ballmer from the TechEd stage.

Although Microsoft Update rolled out Monday, the earlier services -- Windows Update and Office Update -- will remain available indefinitely as users migrate to the newer update technology.

The launch of Microsoft Update was matched by the roll-out of other update services and software from the Redmond, Wash.-based developer. Software Update Services (SUS) 2.0 and Windows Update Services, together called "Windows Server Update Services" (WSUS), were also launched Monday, and can be downloaded from Microsoft's Windows Server site.

While WSUS is intended for businesses, it uses the same catalog of patches as the for-consumer-and-home-businesses Microsoft Update, said Ballmer. "There's one update catalog across all our technologies," said Ballmer. "SMS [Systems Management Server] can talk to the update catalog too, and keep large enterprises fresh with the latest updates."

Ballmer also said that additional update and patching tools, including Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer 2.0 and the SMS Inventory Tool will release this summer.

"We know that your number one desire is for us to eliminate the need for patches," acknowledged Ballmer, something he repeatedly stressed Microsoft was working on, but failing that, the addition of new update tools and services should make patching less painful. "Along with our other efforts," Ballmer said, citing acquisitions and product testing in anti-virus, anti-spam, and anti-spyware areas, "we think you now have the tools you need to manage your security."


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RE: Ballmer Introduces Microsoft Update for Windows at ... - 6/7/2005 4:34:50 PM   
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So will auto-update switch to "Microsoft Update" and install, download or alert on updates for all installed MS products?

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RE: Ballmer Introduces Microsoft Update for Windows at ... - 6/7/2005 5:28:30 PM   
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Hi Matthew,

just click on Microsoft Update link from article above. Then if You dont like to install it yet, just Don't install it. And finally...on left side of the page click on  FAQ...and its all there......everything your heart and soul desire...

From what I could read (correct me WinThusiast or others if I am wrong here)...it automatically installs only high priority updates for all Microsoft products that you have installed in your computer (and all that only if you have auto-updates set on ON)...otherwise I believe you have an option to manually choose which updates to download and install...almost the same as with Windows update (the only main difference is that Microsoft Update covers all others Microsoft's products as well...not only Windows..and only those installed in your system). Just read entire FAQ there and You'll be a M$ Update Pro in no-time...

So thats it...is there something else You wish to know?


Have a nice day/night...bye.

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RE: Ballmer Introduces Microsoft Update for Windows at ... - 6/8/2005 3:32:52 PM   
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Oh yes, so it does convert the Auto update - good!
First time I did the MS Update, I got a fix for a vulnerability in Word - that could have remained unpatched for ever more!

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RE: Ballmer Introduces Microsoft Update for Windows at ... - 6/9/2005 4:42:51 AM   
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So do you believe me now that M$ isnt THAAAAAAAAAAT BAD afterall....Billie boy surely knows what users need and desire....

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