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    February skilling snacks: Bite-sized learning for IT pros
    Visit our updated learning series on all things Windows. Between January and February, we’ve published the following learning bites with a special focus on security: 
    Our growing topics library for personalized learning now contains 33 learning journeys: Windows skilling snacks: bite-sized learning for IT pros. This is where we package available resources on different topics in a way that is easy to consume in under two hours each. This professional development opportunity is appropriate for all skill levels and is updated every other week.
    2024-02-22
    10:00 PT
    Subscribe to the Windows Community YouTube channel
    Looking for short how-to videos to help you get the most out of Windows 11? Need an easy way to see what's new in the latest Windows 11 security update? Subscribe to the Windows community on YouTube! In addition to short, video summaries of our monthly updates, you’ll find quick tips that will make the things you do every day easier. When it’s time to update to a new version of Windows, find a step-by-step video explaining how to get the latest update. Subscribe, turn on notifications, and explore the Windows community today.
    2024-02-14
    10:00 PT
    Take action: February 2024 security update is now available
    The February 2024 security update is now available for Windows 11 and all supported versions of Windows 10. We recommend that you install these updates promptly. For more information about the contents of this update, see the release notes, which are easily accessible from the Windows 11 and Windows 10 update history pages. For instructions on how to install this update on your home device, check the Update Windows article. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see Windows monthly updates explained. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on X @WindowsUpdate.
      
    Highlights for the Windows 11, versions 23H2 and 22H2 update: 
    • The Copilot in Windows icon will appear on the right side of the system tray on the taskbar. Also, the display of Show desktop at the rightmost corner of the taskbar will be off by default. To turn it back on, go to Settings > Personalization > Taskbar. You can also right-click the taskbar and choose Taskbar settings. Windows 11 devices will get this new functionality at different times.
    • This security update includes improvements that were a part of update KB5034204 (released January 23, 2024). 
    • This update addresses an issue that affects Narrator announcements. They are slow when you use Natural Voices.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects explorer.exe. It might stop responding. This occurs when you restart or shut down a PC that has a controller accessory attached to it.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects the download of device metadata. Downloads from the Windows Metadata and Internet Services (WMIS) over HTTPS are now more secure.
    Short on time? Watch our Windows 11 release notes video for this month's tips.

    IMPORTANT After February 2024, there are no more optional, non-security preview releases for Windows 11, version 22H2. Only cumulative monthly security updates (known as the "B" or Update Tuesday release) will continue for this version. Windows 11, version 23H2 and Windows 10, version 22H2 will continue to receive security and optional releases.
    2024-02-13
    10:00 PT
    Interim DST guidance for Kazakhstan, Samoa, and Palestinian Authority
    Three Daylight Saving Time (DST) changes will be released as part of the March 2024 non-security preview update and the April 2024 security update. Samoa has abolished DST. Kazakhstan has switched to a single time zone. The Palestinian Authority has announced a delay in DST dates for 2024 and 2025. Microsoft recommends temporary workarounds for users affected by these changes. Read individual articles on the Daylight Saving Time & Time Zone Blog.
    2024-02-12
    10:00 PT
    Reminder: Changes coming to Windows Boot Manager revocations for Secure Boot, April 9, 2024
    Administrators should observe mitigations and security enforcement requirements coming into effect with Windows updates released on and after April 9, 2024. Devices running Windows updates released July 11, 2023 or later include security measures designed to protect vulnerable boot managers against a Secure Boot bypass vulnerability disclosed in CVE-2023-24932. Secure Boot is a Windows security feature designed to protect devices from bootkit malware.

    In addition to the changes coming with Windows updates to be released April 9, 2024, additional changes are coming with Windows updates to be released October 8, 2024. These further changes enforce Code Integrity Boot policy and Secure Boot disallow list revocations related to this hardening. There will be no option to disable enforcement after this update.

    To enable protections manually, it's necessary to ensure all devices and bootable media are updated and ready for this security hardening change. Users should determine whether it's important to enable protections now, or wait for a future update from Microsoft. To better assess this, in addition to understanding the options available for configuring these security requirements, see KB5025885: How to manage the Windows Boot Manager revocations for Secure Boot changes associated with CVE-2023-24932.
    2024-02-09
    11:30 PT
    Copilot in Windows: enhanced design rolling out this week
    We’re bringing great enhancements to Copilot in Windows (in preview) this week. The pane launches in an expanded window size to give you even more space to chat. You can also resize it to adjust to your needs. You can easily switch back to a thinner side-by-side window, so that Copilot in Windows works alongside all of your other windows.

    If you want a more immersive experience, continue your conversation on copilot.microsoft.com by using the Open in Microsoft Edge button at the top of Copilot.
     
    When you launch Copilot in Windows, you will see a more streamlined look and feel designed to help you bring your ideas to life. We’ve introduced a cleaner, sleeker experience for answers and a fun new carousel of suggested prompts that showcase the power of Copilot in Windows. Please note that some styling might only be available for users with a Microsoft account.

    These updates are rolling out over time, so check Edge for the latest update if you’re eager to see what’s new in Copilot in Windows. To learn more about this feature, see Welcome to Copilot in Windows.
     
    Note: Copilot in Windows (in preview) is available in select global markets and will be rolled out to additional markets over time. Learn more. Copilot in Windows 10 functionality is limited and has specific system requirements.
    2024-02-09
    10:00 PT
    Windows Office Hours: February 15th, 2024
    If you are an IT admin with questions about managing and updating Windows, we want to help. Every third Thursday of the month, we host a live chat-based event on the Tech Community called Windows Office Hours. Members of the Windows, Intune, Windows Autopilot, Windows Autopatch, and Windows 365 engineering teams will be standing by to answer your questions. We also have experts from FastTrack, the Customer Acceleration Team, and Microsoft public sector teams. 

    Want to attend the February 15th session of Office Hours? Click here to add it to your calendar. There is no video or live meeting component. Simply visit the event page, log in to the Tech Community, and leave your questions in the Comments section. You can also bookmark https://aka.ms/Windows/OfficeHours for upcoming dates (and the ability to add this event to your calendar). We look forward to helping you. 
    2024-02-08
    10:00 PT
    Device readiness checks for expedited Windows quality updates
    If you use Windows Update for Business deployment service to expedite quality updates, your workflow is becoming easier. You can now proactively check the readiness of all devices in your organization before deploying an actual security update in an expedited way. A new article describes how you would use Microsoft Graph to call for a device readiness test. Alerts and remediation guidance for any ineligible devices will appear under Windows Update for Business reports. Find out more at Device readiness checks for expedited Windows quality updates.
    2024-01-31
    10:00 PT
    WMI command-line (WMIC) utility deprecation: Next steps
    If you’re an IT admin still using Windows Management Instrumentation Command line (WMIC), you’ll start seeing changes this year. While it has been deprecated for a while, you could still use it as a feature on demand (FoD). Starting January 29th, 2024, it will become “disabled by default” in the insider build of Windows 11. It will become part of the next Windows 11 release later in 2024. To find out more, read WMI command-line (WMIC) utility deprecation: Next steps.
    2024-01-26
    10:00 PT
    The January 2024 Windows non-security preview update is now available for Windows 11, versions 22H2 and 23H2
    The January 2024 non-security preview update is now available for Windows 11, versions 22H2 and 23H2. For instructions on how to install this update on your home device, check the Update Windows article. Information about the contents of this update is available from the release notes, which are accessible from the Windows 11 update history page. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see Windows monthly updates explained. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on X @WindowsUpdate.

    Highlights for the Windows 11, versions 22H2 and 23H2 update: 
    • This update addresses an issue that stops search from working on the Start menu for some users. The issue occurs because of a deadlock.
    • This update addresses an issue to make video calls more reliable.
    • This update addresses an issue that causes your device to stop responding. This is intermittent and occurs after you install a print support app.
    • This update addresses an issue that makes the troubleshooting process fail. This occurs when you use the Get Help app.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) Audio earbuds. They lose sound when you stream music.
    IMPORTANT After ​February 2024, there are no more optional, non-security preview releases for Windows 11, version 22H2. Only cumulative monthly security updates (known as the "B" or Update Tuesday release) will continue for this version. Windows 11, version 23H2 and Windows 10, version 22H2 will continue to receive security and optional releases.
    2024-01-23
    14:00 PT
    The January 2024 Windows non-security preview update is now available for Windows 10, version 22H2
    The January 2024 non-security preview update is now available for Windows 10, version 22H2. The preview update for Windows 11, versions 22H2 and 23H2 will be available in the near term. For instructions on how to install this update on your home device, check the Update Windows article. Information about the contents of this update is available from the release notes, which are accessible from the Windows 10 update history page. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see Windows monthly updates explained. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on X @WindowsUpdate.

    Highlights for the Windows 10, version 22H2 update: 
    • This update addresses an issue that affects some single-function printers. They might install as a scanner.
    • The coming weeks will bring a richer weather experience to your lock screen. This includes dynamic, interactive weather updates.
    • Microsoft has been working to ensure compliance with the Digital Markets Act (DMA) in the European Economic Area (EEA). To learn more, see Previewing changes in Windows to comply with the Digital Markets Act in the European Economic Area.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects an Internet Explorer shortcut. After you use a policy to remove it, the shortcut reappears.
    • This update addresses an issue that stops you from reconnecting to an existing Remote Desktop session.
    2024-01-23
    10:00 PT
    Reminder: Changes to Windows Boot Manager revocations for Secure Boot effective April 9, 2024
    Windows updates released July 11, 2023 and later include security measures which protect against a Secure Boot bypass vulnerability disclosed in CVE-2023-24932. Secure Boot is a Windows security feature designed to protect devices from bootkit malware.

    Administrators should observe mitigations and security enforcement requirements coming into effect with Windows updates released on and after April 9, 2024. These updates will provide new mitigations to block additional vulnerable boot managers. Windows updates released on and after October 8, 2024 will enforce the Code Integrity Boot policy and Secure Boot disallow list revocations related to this hardening. There will be no option to disable this enforcement after this update.

    To enable protections manually, it's necessary to ensure all devices and bootable media are updated and ready for this security hardening change. Users should determine whether it's important to enable protections now, or wait for a future update from Microsoft. To better assess this, in addition to understanding the options available for configuring these security requirements, see KB5025885: How to manage the Windows Boot Manager revocations for Secure Boot changes associated with CVE-2023-24932.
    2024-01-18
    11:30 PT
    Windows Office Hours: January 18th, 2024
    If you are an IT admin with questions about managing and updating Windows, we want to help. Every third Thursday of the month, we host a live chat-based event on the Tech Community called Windows Office Hours. Members of the Windows, Intune, Windows Autopilot, Windows Autopatch, and Windows 365 engineering teams will be standing by to answer your questions. We also have experts from FastTrack, the Customer Acceleration Team, and Microsoft public sector teams. 

    Want to attend the January 18th session of Office Hours? Click here to add it to your calendar. There is no video or live meeting component. Simply visit the event page, log in to the Tech Community, and leave your questions in the Comments section. You can also bookmark https://aka.ms/Windows/OfficeHours for upcoming dates (and the ability to add this event to your calendar). We look forward to helping you. 
    2024-01-16
    10:00 PT
    Take action: January 2024 security update is now available
    The January 2024 security update is now available for Windows 11 and all supported versions of Windows 10. We recommend that you install these updates promptly. For more information about the contents of this update, see the release notes, which are easily accessible from the Windows 11 and Windows 10 update history pages. For instructions on how to install this update on your home device, check the Update Windows article. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see Windows monthly updates explained. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on X @WindowsUpdate.
      
    Highlights for the Windows 11, versions 23H2 and 22H2 update: 
    • This security update includes improvements that were a part of update KB5033375 (released December 12, 2023). 
    • This update addresses an issue that causes your device to shut down after 60 seconds. This occurs when you use a smart card to authenticate on a remote system.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects the display of a smart card icon. The icon does not appear when you sign in.
    • This update addresses a known issue that might affect some Wi-Fi adapters. They might not connect to some networks.
    Short on time? Watch our Windows 11 release notes video for this month's tips.

    IMPORTANT After February 2024, there are no more optional, non-security preview releases for Windows 11, version 22H2. Only cumulative monthly security updates (known as the "B" or Update Tuesday release) will continue for this version. Windows 11, version 23H2 and Windows 10, version 22H2 will continue to receive security and optional releases.
    2024-01-09
    10:00 PT
    Upgrade your Windows servicing skills to wrap up 2023
    Review and bookmark our learning resources called Windows skilling snacks. We’ve updated our library of personalized learning and put together a cheat sheet of all the Windows servicing topics we covered in 2023. Each topic packages available resources in a way that is easy to consume in under two hours. This professional development opportunity is appropriate for all skill levels.
    2023-12-19
    10:00 PT
    Upcoming changes to Windows Single Sign-On
    Prepare for changes if you use Windows 10 or Windows 11 devices in the European Economic Area (EEA). In January 2024, users will start seeing a new SSO notice allowing them to choose how to sign in to apps. The notice will be fully rolled out by March 2024 to both consumers and IT users. This solution helps comply with the Digital Markets Act (DMA). Find details about what you and your users can expect at Upcoming changes to Windows Single Sign-On.
    2023-12-14
    10:00 PT
    Windows Office Hours: December 21st, 2023
    If you are an IT admin with questions about managing and updating Windows, we want to help. Every third Thursday of the month, we host a live chat-based event on the Tech Community called Windows Office Hours. Members of the Windows, Intune, Windows Autopilot, Windows Autopatch, and Windows 365 engineering teams will be standing by to answer your questions. We also have experts from FastTrack, the Customer Acceleration Team, and Microsoft public sector teams. 

    Want to attend the December 21st session of Office Hours? Click here to add it to your calendar. There is no video or live meeting component. Simply visit the event page, log in to the Tech Community, and leave your questions in the Comments section. You can also bookmark https://aka.ms/Windows/OfficeHours for upcoming dates (and the ability to add this event to your calendar). We look forward to helping you. 
    2023-12-14
    10:00 PT
    Take action: December 2023 security update is now available
    The December 2023 security update release is now available for Windows 11 and all supported versions of Windows 10. We recommend that you install these updates promptly. For more information about the contents of this update, see the release notes, which are easily accessible from the Windows 11 and Windows 10 update history pages. For instructions on how to install this update on your home device, check the Update Windows article. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see Windows monthly updates explained. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on X @WindowsUpdate.
      
    Highlights for the Windows 11, versions 23H2 and 22H2 update: 
    • This security update includes improvements that were a part of update KB5032288 (released December 4, 2023). 
    • This update makes quality improvements to the servicing stack, which is the component that installs Windows updates.
    Short on time? Watch our short Windows 11 update release notes video for this month's tips.

    IMPORTANT After February 2024, there are no more optional, non-security preview releases for Windows 11, version 22H2. Only cumulative monthly security updates (known as the "B" or Update Tuesday release) will continue for this version. Windows 11, version 23H2 and Windows 10, version 22H2 will continue to receive security and optional releases.

    IMPORTANT Because of reduced operations during the Western holidays and the upcoming new year, there won’t be a non-security preview release for the month of December 2023. Non-security preview releases will resume in January 2024.
    2023-12-12
    10:00 PT
    Windows update management at Microsoft Technical Takeoff
    Find demos and see what’s new and coming in Windows update management from Microsoft Technical Takeoff for Windows and Intune. Here are a couple of sessions to get you started: 
    Also, get answers to common questions and insightful tips to support your move to Windows 11. Check out the full link list at Catch up on the latest in Windows update management at Microsoft Technical.
    2023-12-07
    10:00 PT
    Plan for Windows 10 EOS with Windows 11, Windows 365, and ESU
    Windows 10 is nearing end of support (EOS) on October 14, 2025. At that time, Microsoft will no longer provide bug fixes for issues, security fixes for vulnerabilities, time zone updates, or technical support for problems that might occur. If you’re a home user, learn more at Lifecycle FAQ for Windows. If you’re an IT admin, start modernizing your infrastructure now. You can upgrade eligible PCs to Windows 11, purchase new Windows 11 Pro PCs, or make Windows 11 available in the cloud through a Windows 365 subscription. Read about all your options, including the Extended Security Update (ESU) program for Windows 10 in Plan for Windows 10 EOS with Windows 11, Windows 365, and ESU.  
    2023-12-05
    10:00 PT
    The November 2023 Windows non-security preview update is now available for Windows 11, versions 22H2 and 23H2
    The November 2023 non-security preview update is now available for Windows 11, versions 22H2 and 23H2. For instructions on how to install this update on your home device, check the Update Windows article. Information about the contents of this update is available from the release notes, which are accessible from the Windows 11 update history page. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see Windows monthly updates explained. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on X @WindowsUpdate.

    Highlights for the Windows 11, versions 22H2 and 23H2 update: 
    • You can use Copilot in Windows (in preview) across multiple displays. Press the Copilot in Windows taskbar button on the taskbar of the display where you want Copilot in Windows to appear.
    • You can use Copilot in Windows (in preview) with Alt+Tab. When you press Alt+Tab, the thumbnail preview for Copilot in Windows appears among other thumbnail previews of open windows.
    • In the coming weeks, you might see Windows Spotlight set as the default background. This might occur when your background is set to an inbox Windows image.
    • You can ask Copilot in Windows (in preview) for help ten times when you sign in to Windows using a local account. After that, you must sign in using a verified account.
    • This update improves how fast Copilot in Windows (in preview) opens from the taskbar.
    IMPORTANT After ​February 2024, there are no more optional, non-security preview releases for Windows 11, version 22H2. Only cumulative monthly security updates (known as the "B" or Update Tuesday release) will continue for this version. Windows 11, version 23H2 and Windows 10, version 22H2 will continue to receive security and optional releases.

    IMPORTANT Because of reduced operations during the Western holidays and the upcoming new year, there won’t be a non-security preview release for the month of December 2023. There will be a monthly security release for December 2023. Normal monthly servicing for both security and non-security preview releases will resume in January 2024.
    2023-12-04
    14:00 PT
    Survey: WSUS driver synchronization deprecation
    If you manage driver updates with Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), please help us understand your needs around an upcoming change. We plan to end the synchronization of driver updates via WSUS by December 2024. With cloud-based and manual solutions available today, we want to help ensure a smooth transition for your organization. Please share your thoughts on current usage, the implications of this change for your IT infrastructure, and your transition needs. Take the WSUS Driver Sync Deprecation survey. 
    2023-12-04
    10:00 PT
    November skilling snacks: Bite-sized learning for IT pros
    Visit our updated learning series on all things Windows. This month, we’ve published the following learning bites: 
    Bookmark our growing topics library for personalized learning and check back every other week: Windows skilling snacks: bite-sized learning for IT pros. This is where we package available resources on different topics in a way that is easy to consume in under two hours each. This professional development opportunity is appropriate for all skill levels. 
    2023-12-01
    10:00 PT
    Copilot is available for eligible Windows 10 devices
    Today we start to roll out Copilot in Windows (in preview) to eligible, non-managed Windows 10 devices running the Home or Pro editions of Windows 10, version 22H2. Devices on version 22H2 of Windows 10 Enterprise or Education, or Pro devices managed by organizations, will be included in a later rollout phase.

    If you are interested in experiencing Copilot in Windows as soon as possible, you can do so by going to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update. Turn on "Get the latest updates as soon as they’re available" and Check for updates. Note that the device may need to reboot to enable new features. If you are an IT administrator, read Copilot coming to Windows 10 to learn more.

    Note 1: Copilot in Windows is currently available in preview in select global markets. It is our intention to add additional markets over time.

    Note 2: Devices require > 4GB RAM and Display adapter that supports +720p resolution. If we detect that devices may have an issue, such as an application incompatibility, we may put a safeguard hold in place and not offer Copilot in Windows until that issue is resolved.
    2023-11-30
    14:00 PT
    The November 2023 Windows non-security preview update is now available for Windows 10, version 22H2
    The November 2023 non-security preview update is now available for Windows 10, version 22H2. The preview update for Windows 11, versions 22H2 and 23H2 will be available in the near term. For instructions on how to install this update on your home device, check the Update Windows article. Information about the contents of this update is available from the release notes, which are accessible from the Windows 10 update history page. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see Windows monthly updates explained. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on X @WindowsUpdate.

    Highlights for the Windows 10, version 22H2 update: 
    • This update adds the Copilot in Windows (in preview) button to the right side of the taskbar. This only applies to devices that run Home or Pro editions (non-managed business devices). 
    • The news & interests feature on your device is now larger! This will help you use the feature more effectively and show the content you care about most on a larger scale.
    • If you use Home or Pro consumer devices or non-managed business devices, you can get some of the newest experiences as soon as they are ready. To do so, go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update. Set the Get the latest updates as soon as they are available toggle to on. Note that this toggle is not turned on for devices that your IT department manages unless IT configures a new policy.
    IMPORTANT Because of reduced operations during the Western holidays and the upcoming new year, there won’t be a non-security preview release for the month of December 2023. There will be a monthly security release for December 2023. Normal monthly servicing for both security and non-security preview releases will resume in January 2024.
    2023-11-30
    14:00 PT
    Planning for Copilot in Windows 10
    Today we start to roll out Copilot in Windows (in preview) to eligible Windows 10 devices. Copilot in Windows is available for Windows Insiders in the Release Preview Channel for Windows 10, version 22H2. The experience will be rolled out more broadly in the coming weeks to eligible non-managed devices running the Home and Pro editions of Windows 10, version 22H2.

    Devices on version 22H2 of Windows 10 Enterprise or Education, or Pro devices managed by organizations, will be included in a later rollout phase. If you are an IT administrator, read today’s post on Copilot coming to Windows 10 and see why your organization should try Copilot in Windows. Also check this article to learn How we are maximizing value in Windows 10.

    Note: Copilot in Windows is currently available in preview in select global markets. It is our intention to add additional markets over time.
    2023-11-20
    14:00 PT
    Copilot coming to Windows 10
    Today we announced that Copilot in Windows (in preview) is coming to Windows 10. We are revisiting our approach to Windows 10 and will be making additional investments to make sure everyone can get the maximum value from their Windows PC including Copilot in Windows. 

    Copilot in Windows will be available soon for Windows Insiders in the Release Preview Channel for eligible devices running Windows 10, version 22H2. The experience will be rolled out more broadly to non-managed devices running the Home and Pro editions of Windows 10, version 22H2 in the coming weeks. To learn more, see Releasing Windows 10 Build 19045.3754 to Release Preview Channel.

    If you are an IT administrator, consult our documentation on how to manage Copilot in Windows to learn how to manage the Copilot experience for the devices in your organization.

    Note: Copilot in Windows is currently available in preview in select global markets. It is our intention to add additional markets over time.
    2023-11-16
    10:00 PT
    Enable optional updates for Windows 10 devices
    A new policy will be available to IT pros managing Windows 10 devices with Windows Update for Business. With the upcoming November 2023 optional update, you will be able to automatically deploy optional Windows updates or enable users in your organization to get them just like on Windows 11. Configure this policy as a Group Policy Object (GPO) or as a Configuration Service Provider (CSP) policy and choose the types of optional updates that suit your organizational goals. Find out more at Enable optional updates for Windows 10 devices.
    2023-11-16
    10:00 PT
    Reflecting on 20 years of Windows Patch Tuesday
    Learn about interesting facts and milestones of the 20-year history of Windows Patch Tuesday. The historical context adds special importance to the recently announced Microsoft’s Secure Future Initiative. This new article focuses on the forward-looking present of Windows servicing through four basic principles: predictability, simplicity, agility, and transparency. Some of these efforts are embodied in new hotpatching technologies, artificial intelligence, and cross-team partnerships. Get a quick idea of the past, present, and future of Windows updates, quick detection of issues, rapid mitigations, clear and prescriptive communications, and continued learning and improvements. Find out more at Reflecting on 20 years of Windows Patch Tuesday.
    2023-11-15
    10:00 PT
    Take action: November 2023 security update is now available
    The November 2023 security update release is now available for Windows 11 and all supported versions of Windows 10. We recommend that you install these updates promptly. For more information about the contents of this update, see the release notes, which are easily accessible from the Windows 11 and Windows 10 update history pages. For instructions on how to install this update on your home device, check the Update Windows article. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see Windows monthly updates explained. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on X (formerly Twitter) @WindowsUpdate.
      
    Highlights for the Windows 11, versions 23H2 and 22H2 update: 
    • This update adds a preview of centralized AI assistance, called Copilot in Windows. This makes Windows 11 the first PC platform to add centralized AI assistance to help you get things done. This first preview focuses on the integrated UI.
    • This update gives a richer preview when you hover over files under Recommended on the Start menu. For this first release, thumbnails will not be available for all files. Also, when you right-click cloud file recommendations, you have the option to quickly share these files.
    • This update adds an enhanced volume mixer to Quick Settings. Using it, you can customize audio for each app separately. You can also swap audio devices whenever you want. The new keyboard shortcut (WIN + CTRL + V) gets you to the volume mixer fast.
    • You can now right-click an app on the taskbar and end the task. This update adds a new setting in Settings > System > For developers to turn on this capability.
    • File Explorer’s newly designed address bar recognizes local and cloud folders. It also shows your file’s status. For Microsoft OneDrive users, the address bar now contains your OneDrive sync status and a quota flyout box.
    Short on time? Watch our short Windows 11 update release notes video for this month's tips.
    2023-11-14
    10:00 PT
    Tailor Windows Update for Business reports with Power BI
    If you’re an IT pro using Windows Update for Business reports, check out comprehensive guidance on how to customize them. Power BI simplifies your device monitoring and management with an array of visualizations, filtering, drilling down, and data slicing options. Learn from a few practical scenarios and start building unique reports that meet your organizational needs. See how it works in Tailor Windows Update for Business reports with Power BI. Then replicate the steps with a starter template and guide in Build custom Windows Update for Business reports using Power BI.
    2023-11-13
    14:00 PT
    Windows Office Hours: November 16th, 2023
    If you are an IT admin with questions about managing and updating Windows, we want to help. Every third Thursday of the month, we host a live chat-based event on the Tech Community called Windows Office Hours. Members of the Windows, Intune, Windows Autopilot, Windows Autopatch, and Windows 365 engineering teams will be standing by to answer your questions. We also have experts from FastTrack, the Customer Acceleration Team, and Microsoft public sector teams. 

    Want to attend the November 16th session of Office Hours? Click here to add it to your calendar. There is no video or live meeting component. Simply visit the event page, log in to the Tech Community, and leave your questions in the Comments section. You can also bookmark https://aka.ms/Windows/OfficeHours for upcoming dates (and the ability to add this event to your calendar). We look forward to helping you. 
    2023-11-13
    10:00 PT
    Your guide to Windows at Microsoft Ignite 2023
    Learn about the latest AI innovations directly from experts and sharpen your skills through live breakouts and interactive workshops around Windows at Microsoft Ignite. The event is online and in-person next week, November 14-17, 2023. A number of sessions focus on Windows 11, Windows 365, Microsoft Copilot, Azure Virtual Desktop, Microsoft Intune, Microsoft 365 admin center, among others. Browse and bookmark Your guide to Windows at Microsoft Ignite 2023.
    2023-11-10
    10:00 PT
    Windows Server 2012/R2: Extended Security Updates
    You can now get three additional years of Extended Security Updates (ESUs) if you need more time to upgrade and modernize your Windows Server 2012, Windows Server R2, or Windows Embedded Server 2012 R2 on Azure. This also applies to Azure Stack HCI, Azure Stach Hub, and other Azure products. A new article provides details and step-by-step instructions to extending limited protection for up to three consecutive 12-month increments. Read it at Windows Server 2012/R2: Extended Security Updates. ESU online and proxy activation scenarios are covered in Extended Security Updates (ESUs): Online or proxy activation.
    2023-11-09
    14:00 PT
    Simplify your Windows 11 upgrade experience with Intune
    A new capability is available for users of the Windows Update for Business deployment service. IT pros no longer need to worry about creating and maintaining eligibility groups for devices not ready for Windows 11. Now, you can use Microsoft Intune or the Microsoft Graph API to deploy Windows 11 upgrades with assurance that any ineligible devices would be automatically updated to the latest available version of Windows 10. For guidance on how to do this, read Simplify your Windows 11 upgrade experience with Intune
    2023-11-08
    14:00 PT
    Windows 11 2023 Update available
    Today, we are announcing the availability of the Windows 11 2023 Update (also known as Windows 11, version 23H2). We are providing a limited scope of new features and functionality including the ones announced in September as part of continuous innovation. This update brings enhancements to the Start menu, taskbar, and chat experience, which is now Microsoft Teams (free)

    If you have an eligible device and are interested in experiencing these new enhancements when they are available, open the Windows Update settings page, turn on “Get the latest updates as soon as they’re available,” and select Check for updates. This update will be delivered using servicing technology (like that used for monthly updates) so if you are already running Windows 11, version 22H2, installation will be fast and easy. For more information on ways to get the update, watch this video.

    Note: If we detect that your device may have an issue, such as application incompatibility, we may put a safeguard hold in place and not offer the update until that issue is resolved.  

    If you are an IT administrator, see What's new for IT pros in Windows 11, version 23H2 for information on commercial release channels, deployment tools, and enhancements for commercial organizations. 
    2023-10-31
    10:00 PT
    October skilling snacks: Bite-sized learning for IT pros
    Visit our updated learning series on all things Windows. Every two weeks, we package available resources on a different topic in a way that is easy to consume in under two hours each. This professional development opportunity is appropriate for all skill levels, from entry-level to senior and seasoned. Take advantage of the following learning bites published in the month of October: 
    Our growing topics library now contains 27 learning journeys! Bookmark it for personalized learning and check back every other week: Windows skilling snacks: bite-sized learning for IT pros.  
    2023-10-30
    10:00 PT
    Syria 2022 time zone update now available
    On October 5, 2022, the Syrian government made an official announcement about a Daylight Saving Time (DST) time zone change. Since then, the official time has not advanced by an hour and has permanently shifted to the UTC+3 time zone. Microsoft is releasing updates to support this change. The October 2023 non-security preview release includes the update for Windows 11 and Windows 10, version 22H2. All other supported versions of Windows will receive this time adjustment in the November 14, 2023 monthly quality release. Read Syria 2022 time zone update now available for more details.
    2023-10-27
    10:00 PT
    The October 2023 Windows non-security preview update is now available
    The October 2023 non-security preview update is now available. These optional non-security previews are released only for Windows 10, version 22H2 and Windows 11, version 22H2. For instructions on how to install this update on your home device, check the Update Windows article. Information about the contents of this update is available from the release notes, which are accessible from the Windows 11 and Windows 10 update history pages. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see Windows monthly updates explained. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on X (formerly Twitter) @WindowsUpdate.

    Highlights for the Windows 11, version 22H2 update:
    • This update adds a preview of centralized AI assistance, called Copilot in Windows. This makes Windows 11 the first PC platform to add centralized AI assistance to help you get things done.
    • This update gives a richer preview when you hover over files under Recommended on the Start menu. For this first release, thumbnails will not be available for all files.
    • Starting in this update, desktop labels appear when you move between desktops in Task View (WIN + CTRL + left or right arrows). New sliding animations will also show when you change your desktops.
    • This update introduces the Windows Backup app. Use it to quickly get your current PC backed up and ready to move to a new PC.
    • Passkeys are a simple and more secure replacement for passwords when you sign in to a website or application that supports them. You can now go to any app or website that supports passkeys to create a passkey that uses Windows Hello.
    2023-10-26
    14:00 PT
    What’s new in Test Base for Microsoft 365: September 2023
    Test Base for Microsoft 365 is a service that allows you to test your applications against Windows feature and quality updates in a Microsoft-managed environment. Starting September 26, 2023, you can test your applications on Windows 11, version 23H2 and you can do so using Custom Image. Join the Test Base Community and express your interest in the private preview of two new features: Test Base Chat and testing apps for Windows on Arm. Get further details from What’s new in Test Base for Microsoft 365: September 2023.
    2023-10-16
    10:00 PT
    Day 1 with Windows 11: a quick tour
    A new blog article is here to help IT pros prepare users for Windows 11. It includes a video walkthrough of the user experience on the first day of using Windows 11. This quick tour covers the basics of navigation, collaboration, multitasking, and the overall experience in comparison with Windows 10. Besides the visual tutorial, the recommendations of the Windows 11 onboarding kit and Windows 11 tips videos complement anyone’s Windows 11 adoption toolbox.
    2023-10-13
    10:00 PT
    Windows Office Hours: October 19th, 2023
    If you are an IT admin with questions about managing and updating Windows, we want to help. Every third Thursday of the month, we host a live chat-based event on the Tech Community called Windows Office Hours. Members of the Windows, Intune, Windows Autopilot, Windows Autopatch, and Windows 365 engineering teams stand by to answer your questions. We also have experts from FastTrack, the Customer Acceleration Team, and Microsoft public sector teams. 

    Want to attend the October 19th session of Office Hours? Click here to add it to your calendar and log in to the Tech Community to post your questions early! You can also bookmark https://aka.ms/Windows/OfficeHours for upcoming dates (and the ability to add this event to your calendar). We look forward to helping you.
    2023-10-12
    10:00 PT
    Windows Autopatch availability within Microsoft Intune admin center
    If you use Microsoft Managed Desktop, Windows Autopatch is now available as an additional option in Microsoft Intune admin center. Windows Autopatch is a service that automates Windows, Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise, Microsoft Edge, and Microsoft Teams updates, while offering security and productivity solutions. 

    Beginning October 5, 2023, devices not currently under management by Windows Autopatch can be enrolled using Microsoft Managed Desktop (is this an application?). As always, Windows Autopatch is included under Window 10 and Windows 11 Enterprise E3 licensing agreements, or higher. To learn more about this new enrollment process, see Maintain the Microsoft Managed Desktop environment. To learn about Windows Autopatch, see Windows Autopatch overview and visit the Windows Autopatch Tech Community.
    2023-10-12
    10:00 PT
    New security capabilities of Event Tracing for Windows
    Whether you’re in cybersecurity, IT, performance, or software development, improved resources can help you diagnose cybersecurity threats. While you could previously use Event Tracing for Windows for limited audit functions, nine events have recently been improved for better insight. Specifically, several security-related events now show Process ID and Process Start Key in the event schema, allowing you to confirm the causal process of these events. We've also increased the event version as events are updated over time, following the application compatibility policy. Read New security capabilities of Event Tracing for Windows for step-by-step instructions, screenshots, and examples of these improvements.
    2023-10-11
    10:00 PT
    Windows Server 2012 R2 has reached end of support
    Windows Server 2012 R2 has reached end of support today, October 10, 2023. The October 2023 security update is the last update available for this version. After this date, devices running this version of Windows Server will no longer receive monthly security and preview updates containing protections from the latest security threats. 

    We recommend that you update your devices to Windows Server 2022. Learn about upgrading at Overview of Windows Server upgrades.

    Extended Security Updates (ESUs) are available for purchase and will continue for three years, renewable on an annual basis. The final date of this extension is October 13, 2026. For more information, see KB5031043: Procedure to continue receiving security updates after extended support has ended on October 10, 2023.

    Learn more about end of support for Windows Server at Windows Server End of Support: Key Dates.
    2023-10-10
    16:00 PT
    Take action: October 2023 security update is now available
    The October 2023 security update release is now available for Windows 11 and all supported versions of Windows 10. We recommend that you install these updates promptly. For more information about the contents of this update, see the release notes, which are easily accessible from the Windows 11 and Windows 10 update history pages. For instructions on how to install this update on your home device, check the Update Windows article. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see Windows monthly updates explained. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on X (formerly Twitter) @WindowsUpdate.
      
    Highlights for the Windows 11 update: 
    • This update addresses security issues for your Windows operating system.   
    • To protect against CVE-2023-44487, you should install the latest Windows update. Based on your use case, you can also set the limit of the RST_STREAMS per minute using the new registry keys in this update.
    • This security update includes improvements that were a part of update KB5030310 (released September 26, 2023).
    IMPORTANT The October 2023 security update is the last security release for some editions of Windows 11, version 21H2. Windows 11, version 22H2 will continue to receive security and optional releases.

    Short on time? Watch our short Windows 11 update release notes video for this month's tips.
    2023-10-10
    10:00 PT
    Home & Pro editions of Windows 11, version 21H2 have reached end of servicing - October 10, 2023
    As of October 10, 2023, Home, Pro, Pro for Workstations, and Pro Education editions of Windows 11, version 21H2 have reached end of servicing. The October 2023 security update, released on October 10, 2023, is the last update available for these editions. After this date, devices running these editions will no longer receive monthly security and preview updates containing protections from the latest security threats. Enterprise, Education, IoT Enterprise, and Enterprise multi-session editions for this version will reach end of servicing on October 8, 2024 and will receive security updates until then.

    To help keep you protected and productive, Windows Update will automatically initiate a feature update for Windows 11 consumer devices and non-managed business devices that are at, or within several months of reaching, end of servicing. This keeps your device supported and receiving monthly updates that are critical to security and ecosystem health. For these devices, you will be able to choose a convenient time for your device to restart and complete the update.

    As always, we recommend that you update your devices to the latest version of Windows 11. For detailed information, see the Windows 11, version 21H2 end of servicing (Home & Pro) lifecycle page. For information about servicing timelines and lifecycle, see Windows 11 release informationLifecycle FAQ - Windows, and Microsoft Lifecycle Policy search tool.
    2023-10-10
    10:00 PT
    Security hardening changes for Kerberos effective with the October 10, 2023 Windows Update
    As previously announced, Windows updates released today, October 10, 2023, conclude the rollout of security enforcement to protect Windows Server domain controllers (DC) against a Kerberos security bypass vulnerability. This vulnerability also involves an elevation of privilege scenario and alteration of Privilege Attribute Certificate (PAC) signatures. These changes have been gradually enforced through a series of phases, beginning with Windows updates released November 8, 2022. Administrators should observe changes which affect Kerberos protocol requirements, and are coming into effect with the Windows updates released on and after October 10, 2023.

    October 10, 2023 - Full Enforcement phase
    Windows updates released on and after this date will have the following effect:
    • Remove the ability to disable PAC signature addition (previously done via the registry subkey KrbtgtFullPacSignature)
    • Remove support for Audit mode (this enabled authentication whether PAC signatures were missing or invalid, and created audit logs for review).
    • Deny authentication to incoming service tickets without the new PAC signatures.
    This is the final phase of the rollout for these security hardening measures.

    All domain-joined, machine accounts are affected by these vulnerabilities. To understand the options available for configuring these security requirements in your environment, see KB5020805: How to manage Kerberos protocol changes related to CVE-2022-37967
    2023-10-10
    10:00 PT
    Overview of Windows Backup as installed in Windows 10 and Windows 11
    Windows Backup enables you to back up files and folders, settings, credentials, and apps to the cloud through a single solution. In addition to restoring data, you can import data when switching to a new Windows device. This component is installed on devices as part of Windows updates released on and after August 22, 2023.

    Currently, the Windows Backup app can be used for consumer devices - for example, devices that can be used by signing in to a personal Microsoft account (MSA). It's not presently available for Microsoft Entra ID (formerly Azure AD) or Active Directory (AD) users. Because Windows Backup is a system component, it cannot be removed. A future Windows Update will provide an option to prevent Windows Backup from appearing on certain user interface screens for Entra ID and AD users that run certain Windows editions.

    For answers to frequently asked questions related to this component, see KB5032038: Overview of Windows Backup as installed in Windows 10 and Windows 11.
    2023-10-04
    11:00 PT
    September skilling snacks: Bite-sized learning for IT pros
    See what’s new in our special learning series on all things Windows. These public resources are packaged in a way that is easy to consume in under two hours each. This professional development opportunity is meant as a refresher or mentoring material for all IT skill levels. Take advantage of the following learning bites published in the month of September: 
    Bookmark our growing topics library for personalized learning: Windows skilling snacks: bite-sized learning for IT pros. It now contains 25 learning journeys, and new topics are published every other week. 
    2023-09-29
    10:00 PT
    Greenland DST changes 2023 update now available
    Updates are now available to reflect the new 2023 DST changes in Greenland. As previously announced, Greenland’s standard time will permanently shift to UTC-2, which is the same time that has been observed since March 25, 2023. In 2024, Greenland will resume annual Daylight Saving Time between March and October by temporarily shifting from UTC-2 to UTC-1. In support of this decision, Microsoft has released Windows updates to the latest versions of Windows 11 and Windows 10 on September 26. All other supported versions of Windows will receive the update as part of the October 2023 monthly quality release. A few users might notice a minor time discrepancy in the historical message string data in the “Date and Time” app. Please visit Greenland DST changes 2023 update now available for further details.
    2023-09-27
    10:00 PT
    The most personal Windows 11 experience begins to rollout today
    Last week we announced a new wave of capabilities that enhance accessibility, security, and the overall Windows 11 experience. Starting today, more innovation is available for devices running the latest update of Windows 11, version 22H2. Windows Backup makes it easier to back up and transfer files and settings to a new PC. Voice access now works right when you start your PC. You can utilize passkeys instead of passwords when you sign into a website or application that supports them. 

    We’re also bringing the power of AI to your PC. Copilot in Windows (now in preview) helps you find answers and complete tasks quickly. Cocreator (also in preview) brings the power of generative AI to the Paint app. Photos offers new features, such as background blur, that make editing photos easy. 

    Some of these features are available today. Others will roll out gradually so you may not see them right away. If you have an eligible device that is running Windows 11, version 22H2, and want to experience these innovations, you can navigate to the Windows Update settings page and turn on Get the latest updates as soon as they’re available. (Note: For more detail on availability, see How to get the latest Windows 11 innovations.) 
    2023-09-26
    10:00 PT
    The September 2023 Windows non-security preview update is now available
    The September 2023 non-security preview update is now available. These optional non-security previews are released only for Windows 10, version 22H2 and Windows 11, versions 21H2 and 22H2. For instructions on how to install this update on your home device, check the Update Windows article. Information about the contents of this update is available from the release notes, which are accessible from the Windows 11 and Windows 10 update history pages. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see Windows monthly updates explained. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on X (formerly Twitter) @WindowsUpdate.

    Highlights for the Windows 11, version 22H2 update:
    • This update introduces websites to the Recommended section of the Start menu. These websites will be personalized for you and come from your browsing history. This gives you quick access to the websites that are important to you. You can remove any website URL from the Recommended section using the shortcut menu. To turn off the feature, go to Settings Personalization Start. You can adjust settings for all recommended content on the Start menu on this Settings page. Commercial customers can manage this feature using a policy.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects Microsoft Excel. It stops responding when you try to share a file as a PDF in Microsoft Outlook.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects the search button. It disappears when you interact with the search flyout box.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects sleep mode. After you resume from sleep, a blank window appears that has the title "Windows Input Experience.”
    • This update addresses an issue that affects iCloud Calendar and Contacts. Outlooks fails to properly sync them when you use the iCloud for Windows app. To resume syncing, follow the steps in this Apple Support article.
    IMPORTANT The September 2023 non-security preview update will be the last optional release for Windows 11, version 21H2. The October 2023 security update will be the last security release for some editions of Windows 11, version 21H2. Windows 11, version 22H2 will continue to receive security and optional releases.
    2023-09-26
    10:00 PT
    Where organizations can find trusted information on Windows
    Take a quick tour of Windows technical documentation on Microsoft Learn, Windows release health, and other resources that offer the information you and your organization need to better manage your Windows estate. We'll delve into how documentation is created--and how you can contribute to better docs! Ready to learn? See Tackling Tech: Behind the scenes with Windows docs and trusted information. And, for links to the resources discussed in this episode, see our skilling snack on Windows information and resources for IT pros
    2023-09-25
    10:00 PT
    Tackling Tech: Windows LAPS
    If your organization needs to store local admin account passwords safely, Windows Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS) can help! Dive into what Windows LAPS is, how it works, and why it’s useful to you! Check out the conversation at Keeping passwords secure with Windows LAPS
    2023-09-22
    13:00 PT
    Windows Office Hours: September 28th, 2023
    If you are an IT admin with questions about managing and updating Windows, we want to help. Every third Thursday of the month, we host a live chat-based event on the Tech Community called Windows Office Hours. Members of the Windows, Intune, Windows Autopilot, Windows Autopatch, and Windows 365 engineering teams stand by to answer your questions. We also have experts from FastTrack, the Customer Acceleration Team, and Microsoft public sector teams. 

    Want to attend the September 28th session of Office Hours? Click here to add it to your calendar and log in to the Tech Community to post your questions early! You can also bookmark https://aka.ms/Windows/OfficeHours for upcoming dates (and the ability to add this event to your calendar). We look forward to helping you.
    2023-09-22
    10:00 PT
    Expanding our AI capabilities to meet the everyday needs of people and business
    Today, Microsoft took the first step to unify our AI capabilities as Microsoft Copilot, providing a consistent look and feel across our products. Available as a side pane in Microsoft applications like Microsoft 365 and Edge, and on your Windows taskbar, the Copilot icon will be a consistent experience and entry point. To learn more about the new Copilot experience, and the updates we are bringing to Windows 11, Microsoft 365, Bing, Microsoft Edge, and Surface, read today’s announcement on Ushering in a new era of AI with Copilot from Microsoft designed to empower people across work and life.
    2023-09-21
    08:00 PT
    Take action: September 2023 security update is now available
    The September 2023 security update release is now available for Windows 11 and all supported versions of Windows 10. We recommend that you install these updates promptly. For more information about the contents of this update, see the release notes, which are easily accessible from the Windows 11 and Windows 10 update history pages. For instructions on how to install this update on your home device, check the Update Windows article. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see Windows monthly updates explained. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on X (formerly Twitter) @WindowsUpdate.
      
    Highlights for the Windows 11 update: 
    • This update removes a blank menu item from the Sticky Keys menu. This issue occurs after you install KB5029351.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects authentication. Using a smart card to join or rejoin a computer to an Active Directory domain might fail. This occurs after you install Windows updates dated November 2022 or later.
    • This security update includes improvements that were a part of update KB5029351 (released August 22, 2023).
    IMPORTANT The September 2023 non-security preview update will be the last optional release for Windows 11, version 21H2. The October 2023 security update will be the last security release for some editions of Windows 11, version 21H2. Windows 11, version 22H2 will continue to receive security and optional releases.

    Short on time? Watch our short Windows 11 update release notes video for this month's tips.
    2023-09-12
    10:00 PT
    Reminder: Security hardening changes for Netlogon and Kerberos effective October 10, 2023
    Windows updates release November 8, 2022 and later include changes that address security vulnerabilities affecting Windows Server domain controllers (DC). Among the addressed vulnerabilities is a Kerberos security bypass and elevation of privilege scenario involving alteration of Privilege Attribute Certificate (PAC) signatures. Changes to address this issue have been released following a series of phases throughout 2023, and are reaching the final stage of enforcement in October.
     
    Administrators should observe changes which affect Kerberos protocol requirements and are coming into effect with the Windows updates released on and after October 10, 2023.
     
    October 10, 2023 - Full Enforcement phase
    Windows updates released on and after this date will have the following effect:
    • Remove the ability to disable PAC signature addition (previously done via the registry subkey KrbtgtFullPacSignature)
    • Remove support for Audit mode (this enabled authentication whether PAC signatures were missing or invalid, and created audit logs for review).
    • Deny authentication to incoming service tickets without the new PAC signatures.
    The phase described above is the final phase of these security hardening measures.
     
    All domain-joined, machine accounts are affected by these vulnerabilities. To understand the options available for configuring these security requirements in your environment, see KB5020805: How to manage Kerberos protocol changes related to CVE-2022-37967
     
    2023-09-11
    10:00 PT
    The Windows release health experience is now available for GCC tenants
    Now, eligible Government Community Cloud tenants can access essential information about Windows update known issues and announcements on the Microsoft 365 admin center. IT admins in the public sector can check prerequisites for access, learn about the available types of content and notifications, and follow steps to configure these preferences to stay informed. A new article shares details, instructions, links for further help, and guidance to provide feedback. Read it at Check Windows issues information in the admin center.
    2023-09-07
    10:00 PT
    Interim guidance for Greenland DST changes 2023
    According to the new law by the government of Greenland, this year, the country will not switch to Daylight Saving Time. Instead, Greenland’s standard time will permanently shift to UTC-2, which is the same time that has been observed since March 25, 2023. In 2024, Greenland will resume annual Daylight Saving Time between March and October by temporarily shifting from UTC-2 to UTC-1. In support of this decision, Microsoft will release Windows updates in late September, 2023 to the latest versions of Windows 11 and Windows 10. All other supported versions of Windows will receive the update as part of the October 2023 monthly quality release. Please visit Interim guidance for Greenland DST changes 2023 for further details.
    2023-09-06
    10:00 PT
    Interim guidance for Syria DST changes 2023
    On October 5, 2022, the Syrian government made an official announcement about a Daylight Saving Time (DST) time zone change. Since then, the official time has not advanced by an hour and has permanently shifted to the UTC+3 time zone. Microsoft is releasing updates to support this change. The October 22, 2023 non-security preview release includes the update for Windows 11 and Windows 10, version 22H2. All other supported versions of Windows will receive this time adjustment in the November 14, 2023 monthly quality release. Read Interim guidance for Syria DST changes 2022 for more details.
    2023-09-06
    10:00 PT
    TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 will be disabled in future Windows OSes
    Transport Layer Security (TLS) is the most common internet protocol for setting up an encrypted channel of communication between a client and server. Over the past several years, internet standards and regulatory bodies have deprecated or disallowed TLS versions 1.0 and 1.1, due to a variety of security issues. As such, future Windows operating systems will have TLS versions 1.0 and 1.1 disabled by default. This change applies only to future new Windows operating systems, both client and server editions. Windows versions that have already been released will not be affected by this change. Windows 11 Insider Preview builds starting in September 2023 will have TLS versions 1.0 and 1.1 disabled by default. There is an option to re-enable TLS 1.0 or TLS 1.1 for users who need to maintain compatibility.

    Home users of Windows are unlikely to experience any issues related to this change. Enterprises will need to test their environment to detect and update or replace any affected apps.

    For information on this change, please see TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 soon to be disabled in Windows.
    2023-09-01
    10:00 PT
    Expanded metadata in Windows Update for Business deployment service catalog
    IT admins can now make better update management decisions with insights from expanded metadata. Windows Update for Business deployment service has expanded its catalog. The main improvements include greater detail about each update and a wider spectrum of update types. Expanded metadata is available for security, non-security, and out-of-band updates. A new article shows how to make Microsoft Graph API calls to retrieve update classification, cadence, naming, vulnerabilities, and revision details. See guidance and examples at Enhance update management decisions with metadata and insights.
    2023-08-31
    10:00 PT
    Reminder: Windows 11, version 21H2 end of servicing (Home & Pro)
    On October 10, 2023, Home and Pro editions of Windows 11, version 21H2 will reach end of servicing. The upcoming October 2023 security update, to be released on October 10, 2023, will be the last update available for this version. After this date, devices running this version will no longer receive monthly security and preview updates containing protections from the latest security threats.

    To help keep you protected and productive, Windows Update will automatically initiate a feature update for Windows 11 consumer devices and non-managed business devices that are at, or within several months of reaching, end of servicing. This keeps your device supported and receiving monthly updates that are critical to security and ecosystem health. For these devices, you will be able to choose a convenient time for your device to restart and complete the update.

    As always, we recommend that you update your devices to the latest version of Windows 11. For detailed information, see the Windows 11, version 21H2 end of servicing (Home & Pro) lifecycle page. For information about servicing timelines and lifecycle, see Windows 11 release informationLifecycle FAQ - Windows, and Microsoft Lifecycle Policy search tool.

    IMPORTANT The September 2023 non-security preview update will be the last optional release and the October 2023 security update will be the last security release for Windows 11, version 21H2. Windows 11, version 22H2 will continue to receive security and optional releases.
    2023-08-31
    10:00 PT
    August skilling snacks
    See what’s new in our special learning series on all things Windows. These selections of already existing, public resources are packaged in a way that is easy to consume in under two hours each. This professional development opportunity is meant for all skill levels: those who are new to IT and those looking for a refresher or mentoring materials. Take advantage of the following learning bites published in the month of August:
    Bookmark our growing topics library for personalized learning: Windows skilling snacks: bite-sized learning for IT pros. It currently contains over 20 learning journeys, and new topics are published every other week.
    2023-08-29
    10:00 PT