What is a Hotfix? Definition, Challenges, and Best Practices

Welcome back to the wondrous world of patch management. Today we’re going to clear the air a bit by deliberating about hotfixes (not hot flashes). So, what is a hotfix? A hotfix can be regarded as a patch, but a patch is not a hotfix – makes a whole lot of sense, doesn’t it? Not to worry; all will be clear faster than you can say “quick-fix engineering update”. Enjoy and don’t forget to subscribe.

What is a Hotfix? Definition and Examples

A hotfix is a software update designed to remediate a very specific operational or security issue. Paging all PC gamers out there – back in 2009, the gaming community lashed out at Gears of War developers due to the game becoming unplayable. Long story short, GOW clocked out on the 28th of January 2009, which meant that customers would have had to MacGyver the PC’s clock to be able to play the game. And because this is the kind of thing that could make a company go out in flames, the developers released a hotfix that solved the issue. That’s just one example and plenty more where that one came from. Let’s get back to the topic at

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