TMT07 Windows as a Service Explained: Really, I've Got to Upgrade Every Year?


2:00pm - 3:15pm

Level: Intermediate

Mark Minasi

IT Consultant, Author, Speaker


One first thing we learned about Windows 10 was that it was the last version of Windows. That's why it was so jarring to subsequently learn that Microsoft will actually release one or more new versions of Windows every year. So, in other words, while Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, it's … um … not finished, and probably never will be. Odd as it sounds, the idea of a constantly–changing Windows stems from a relatively popular and decade–old software development approach called "agile."

Microsoft's label for this never–truly–finished Windows as "Windows as a Service." In just a few words, basically Microsoft will 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 session to explain Windows as a Service from start to finish. After this, you'll know how high flights are different from low flights, how to control what branch your updates live on, and basically how not to tear your hair out about the new ever–changing Windows.

You will learn:

  • About Windows 10's "agile" development structure and how it leads to a never–finished Windows
  • The details about how often you must upgrade your Windows systems, and about an alternative to these constant upgrades called "Long Term Servicing"