Microsoft Windows Autopatch is available for free to Windows and Microsoft 365 Enterprise

Microsoft featured Windows Autopatch, a cloud service that automatically provides software updates to Windows and Microsoft 365 is made available by the corporation from July 11, 2022.

Microsoft introduced its Windows Autopatch feature back in April and was made freely available to the customers with the Windows 10/11 Enterprise E3 license. Microsoft customers with this new service can automatically update quality features such as driver, firmware for Windows 10, 11, and Microsoft 356 apps.

According to Microsoft’s Product Marketing Manager Loir Bela, “We are pleased to announce that this service is now generally available for customers with Windows Enterprise E3 and E5 license…Microsoft will continue to release updates the second Tuesday of every month and now Autopatch helps streamline updating operations and create new opportunities for IT pros.”

Microsoft Autopatch can help organizations to move updates directly to Microsoft without any mediator’s service.

Microsoft also guides admins with the following instructions on how to enroll Windows Autopatch into the devices:

  • Firstly admin can find the Windows Autopatch entry in the Tenant Administration blade of the Microsoft Endpoint Manager admin center.
  • Tenant enrollment can be selected.
  • Admin can agree to the terms and conditions.
  • After that, they can ‘Enroll.’

Windows Autopatch will automatically break up the device fleet into four groups, such as the test ring, first ring, fast ring, and broad ring. The test ring has a minimum number of devices, the first ring has only 1% of endpoints in the corporate environment, the fast ring contains around 9% and the rest of the 90% of devices are the broad ring. Updates will be delivered starting from the test ring to ending with the broad ring automatically.

Ms. Bela further reported the functionalities of the feature saying, “Once you’ve enrolled devices into Autopatch, the service does most of the work,” Bela added on Monday. But through the Autopatch blade in Microsoft Endpoint Manager, you can fine-tune ring membership, access the service health dashboard, generate reports, and file support requests.”

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