Microsoft to release .NET Framework updates each month

By: Madeleine Dean
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Microsoft is optimizing its update system in order to make it easier for users to keep their systems updated. One of the main changes that will take place starting from October 2016 involves rolling out .NET Framework updates each month via Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services or the Microsoft Update Catalog.

The rollup aims at updating the .NET Framework with the latest security and quality improvements for a better user experience. The .NET Framework Monthly Rollup will be available only for the following system versions: Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

Microsoft hopes that these monthly update eliminate update fragmentation among Windows systems, thus reducing the number of issues reported by users.

The .NET Framework Monthly Rollup is a single install that updates each supported .NET Framework version on a machine to its latest respective update level. Each Monthly Rollup supersedes the last one, so you if you’ve missed the last few months of updates, you only need to install the latest rollup to update to the latest update level. The Monthly rollup will not install a new version of the .NET Framework, only security and reliability updates.

Microsoft took this decision following users’ feedback, as many Windows users have revealed they want a simple and common way to install updates across all supported .NET Framework versions and operating systems. The tech giant heard its users’ request and their wish will soon come true. It would be great if Microsoft reacted as promptly in regards to all the other user requests.

For more information about the .NET Framework monthly updates, you can check out Microsoft’s lengthy blog post.

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