In this video, get a definition and overview of WAAS. Discover that maintaining Windows is now an open and continual process. It impacts Windows, Office 365, SCCM, and others. Take a brief look at the timeline for Windows 10 updates and upgrades.
- [Instructor] The Windows 10 operating system offers a new way to build, deploy and service Windows. It's called Windows as a Service. Its main purpose is to keep the operating system as feature-rich and up-to-date as possible. Windows as a Service, referred to as WaaS, signifies a major shift in how IT professionals will update their Windows 10 client machines now and in the future. In a nutshell, the as a service technology moves IT away from the traditional deployment schedule of updating machines when new version of Windows are released.
That's generally a project that's tackled every few years. Instead, we'll deploy updates regularly with smaller, less noticeable implemental changes to the os that is already in place. Windows as a Service benefits consumers by allowing them access to the latest feature and security updates as soon as they are available and to receive new features gradually over time. Windows as a Service benefits Microsoft as well, by making it easier for them to service the operating system in the public Windows space for the long term.
They can also collect feedback from the public on new builds of Windows in the earliest stages of development. WaaS benefits IT departments as well, by providing a more seamless way to service Windows. Management will eventually become a repeatable and adaptable sequence of planning, testing and deploying. General Windows 10 consumers are already updating their devices with a form of Windows as a Service. They're using an enhanced version of Windows Update.
Like previous iterations of Windows Update, users are encouraged to install updates as they arrive. Most do so without questioning what's included. For them, updating Windows is an open and continual process that they don't think much about. You can view Windows Update settings on a Windows 10 client from start, settings, update and security and Windows Update.
We can click view installed update history to see the most recently installed updates. The advanced options also let users install updates for other Microsoft products, including Office 365. For IT professionals though, updating and upgrading Windows in an enterprise isn't done like this. It's not done on a per user or per computer basis. As I mentioned earlier, before Windows as a Service, updating Windows was a project.
That project often took a year or more and included planning, testing, creating images, using various deployment tools to manage those, troubleshooting and most likely retraining users. With Windows as a Service is a regular deployment schedule and once that schedule is in place, those pain points are lessened. There's no more starting over. The os is simply improved regularly and over time. There are many benefits that come with the new update schedule.
With feature updates arriving twice a year, users are able to manage the changes more easily. The feature changes are minor, at least when compared to moving from say, Windows 7 to Windows 10. Thus, retraining is lessened and users are less likely to get frustrated or call for help. Quality updates are released monthly now too. IT no longer has to sift through and test weekly security updates, which again, lessens the load. It's important to understand that Windows as a Service is here to stay.
If you want to use Windows 10 in your enterprise, then the process of managing and upgrading Windows as you know it, is gone. It's likely from here on out, that Windows will simply be referred to as Windows as well. Perhaps with a build number, perhaps not, we'll have to wait and see.
- What is Windows as a service?
- Types of updates
- Choosing a servicing channel
- Becoming a Windows Insider
- Testing, deployment, and rollback strategies
- Deploying Windows as a service
- Where Windows as a service is headed