Cloud Computing: Microsoft Moves To Weekly Software Updates

Grazed from InformationWeek.  Author: Kelly Sheridan.

Microsoft announced that it will be offering free weekly updates for Windows 8 users later this year. Its new plan, announced this week at its Build conference, will help Microsoft remain competitive in the rapidly changing tech industry, in which most companies already offer updates on a weekly to daily basis.


For decades, Microsoft has released new versions of its Office software about once every three years -- too slow for today's consumers. In a statement to Bloomberg, IDC analyst Marissa Webster said, "Microsoft, on this every-three-year schedule for the massive wave of new products, looks like a dinosaur. Three years is a lifetime in tech these days."...

 

Microsoft now introduces major software changes with each of these major upgrades, with minor alterations every few months to address bugs and other problems. With weekly updates the company plans to address minor issues in a timelier and more convenient method.  Within the year, Microsoft will provide weekly updates to its Office software, Outlook and other Windows 8 apps. It has already begun addressing issues more frequently in programs such as its cloud-based Office 365 software...

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