Microsoft has announced an update to its office suite and productivity software that will help IT departments ensure applications are always up to date.
As explained in a company blog post (opens in a new tab)a new feature for Microsoft 365 now allows IT administrators to push updates to business laptops and computer when inactive or locked.
If an outdated application is open, the feature will close it (when safe to do so), apply the update, and restore the instance to its original state. Apparently, this whole process takes place in about four seconds.
Microsoft 365 updates
Throughout the year, Microsoft rolls out hundreds and hundreds of feature updates and security patches across its desktop software. The problem for businesses is that employees rarely scramble to install updates manually, while forced update models usually involve a level of disruption.
The goal of the new “updating under lockdown” feature, according to Microsoft, is to help customers ensure their deployments are as secure and up-to-date as possible, without taking employees off the job midway. -path.
“Are you or your end users annoyed with update notifications? Are you struggling to achieve compliance?” the firm asked. Microsoft 365 Apps update pending when a machine is in idle or locked mode, even if the apps are running.”
“Lockdown updating helps you achieve compliance on time without disrupting your internal users, and potentially reduces the need for force-forced updates, making updates more reliable by saving application state before closing.”
Although collaborative platform Teams operates on a separate update model, the new feature applies to virtually all other Microsoft 365 Apps apps (Word, Excel and power pointexample) installed on Windows devices. Tech Radar Pro asked Microsoft if the feature would come to macOS in the future.
The optimization will automatically roll out to eligible customers, living “under the hood to make your life easier,” Microsoft explained.