Windows 10 updates to spell the end of Patch Tuesday

Microsoft revealed at its Ignite 2015 conference in Chicago over the weekend that software updates for Windows 10 will be rolled out automatically on a daily basis, thereby bypassing the firm's two-weekly/monthly Patch Tuesday programme.

Microsoft's executive VP of operating systems, Terry Myerson, said that security software updates to Windows PCs, tablets and phones will be rolled out 24/7. Home users will receive patches first under the rolling update system, while the option will too become available for enterprise customers under a feature called ‘Windows Update for Business'. The idea is that IT administrators will be able to more easily plan their patch rollouts, and improve their patch management.

When announcing the move, Myerson took an opportunity to aim a not-so sly dig at Google and Android.

"Google takes no responsibility to update customer devices, and refuses to take responsibility to update their devices, leaving end users and businesses increasingly exposed every day they use an Android device," Myerson said during his Ignite keynote, referring to Google's sometimes slow Android OS updates.

With Windows 10, rather than patches being delivered every second Tuesday, updates will happen in the background when the PC is idle. Users will have the option to be one of a few “distribution rings” that involve getting refined, stable updates more infrequently or being pushed the latest updates when they are fresh in beta form.

At the conference, attended by more than 2,000 IT professionals, Microsoft also demonstrated Windows 10 management features that let admins restrict data from being copied and pasted outside of corporate applications.

The Redmond firm also showed a new feature in preview builds, called Advanced Threat Analytics, which uses heuristic techniques to detect suspicious activity in corporate networks or in cloud environments, and on finding the malware, locks down apps to prevent data being stolen.