Azure – A new service is coming to help application validation against Windows Update security updates (preview)

A new Azure service, called Update Staging Lab, is currently going under private preview (see below to register) to help ISV (and potentially you too) to validate application against pre-released builds of Windows security updates.

We all know, in the past, there has been quite few drama with applications after getting some Windows Updates being deployed on devices, even if (as best practices) there was testing up front.

Problem is/was it is always difficult to be able to test upfront such thing, meaning you had to wait for the updates being available in Microsoft Update services and have the ability to replicate your production environment (which is always difficult to keep in synch and quite costly to implement and manage).

Well, with the Update Staging Lab, you will be able to:

  • Access to monthly Windows security updates prior to public release
  • Faster rollout of security updates to protect enterprise devices
  • Lowered update validation costs by simplifying deployment and configuration of validation environments
  • World-class intelligence from Microsoft about your apps (e.g. performance data, API impact analysis, etc.)
  • Microsoft expertise in migrating test content to Azure

To register to this private preview and start evaluating and providing feedbacks (this is the important part of the preview0, you can register here

Benoit Hamet
Benoit Hamet
Benoit is working on Microsoft collaborative technologies He has been awarded as MVP for more than 12 years Currently MVP on Office 365 after being awarded on SharePoint (2011-2012) and Windows client & server (2002-2007) Speaker at various Microsoft events (TechDays, TechNet seminars) and Quest Software He works on on-premises (Active Directory, RADIUS/NPS, Exchange, Skype for Business, SharePoint, SQL, Terminal Server, Windows client and Windows Server) or online (Azure, Intune, Office 365, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Skype for Business Online, Teams) technologies