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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Microsoft Begins Beta Of Unified Update

Microsoft began a public beta test of its new Microsoft Update, a substitute for Windows Update that will keep users current with security patches and other updates for not only the OS, but also Office and other products from the Redmond, Wash.-based developer.

Users of Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 will be able to use it to scan for, download, and install updates and fixes for Windows, Office, Exchange, and SQL Server.

According to Microsoft, each group of users—consumers, small businesses, and enterprises—will use its own interface to the all-in-one update center.

Small- and mid-sized enterprises will use Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), a plug-in to Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003, while enterprises will turn to Systems Management Server 2003, an already-available patching, deployment, and hardware auditing program.

Microsoft said it will add other products from its software stables to the new update service.

Posted on 03/23