Microsoft's new 'autopatch' service for Windows PC just took another step forwards

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Microsoft has rolled out the public preview of Windows Autopatch, potentially a much easier way for admins to handle Patch Tuesday. 

Patch Tuesday, the second Tuesday of every month, is set to be “just another Tuesday”, Microsoft boasted when it unveiled the Autopatch managed service in April — at least for admins managing customers with Windows Enterprise/Microsoft 365 E3 or E5 licenses. 

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Windows Autopatch has now entered the public preview for customers to test and will be generally available in July, Microsoft announced in a blogpost. As a managed service, Autopatch is different to Windows Update for Business. 

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Autopatch promises to keep Windows and Office software on devices enrolled in Microsoft’s MDM solution Intune up-to-date automatically at no additional cost. It can also be used to automate updates for Teams and Microsoft’s Edge browser. 

There are several other prerequisites for Autopatch concerning device management, identity management, and network connectivity.  

Autopatch works with Windows 10 and 11 Enterprise versions, and will work on virtual machines including Windows 365 Cloud PCs once it’s generally available. It doesn’t cover bring-your-own devices, which are blocked during registration, and

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