Yeah, sure, yesterday was the second Tuesday of the month. As expected, MS dropped a sizable load of updates for currently supported Windows versions (14-18 for my various 32- and 64-bit Windows 7 machines, and 8 for my sole remaining Windows XP VM; I’ll check on Vista later when I take my HP Dragon home from my son’s school for updates and maintenance next weekend). What I didn’t expect but received with great delight was a package of updates for Windows 8. According to Steven Sinofsky’s blog on the subject (Updating Windows 8 for General Availability), Win8 is not just on the Patch Tuesday schedule going forward. In addition, this first batch of updates for Win8 is tantamount to an initial service pack, not just as a patch/bug-fix maneuver but also as a reflection on input and requests from OEMs in response to their preparing their desktop, notebook, and tablet offerings for sale on or after the GA date of October 25, 2012).
Here’s a screen cap of the update history for my Windows 8 desktop showing 4 updates applied yesterday:
In his Building Windows 8 blog, Sinofsky makes special mention of the update related to KB2756872 which is called “Windows 8 Client and Windows Server 2012 General Availability Cumulative Update.” There’s also a Flash update as well, but alas, Secunia still doesn’t see Flash as patched because Adobe has come out with another, newer patch for pre-Win8 versions in the meantime (sigh!).
This is pretty cool because it means that what MS has done before in its SP1 release (often as long as 6 months to a year after GA) it has done for Windows 8 before GA actually happens. Should be interesting to poke around on my systems to see if I can notice any perceptible improvements to security, reliability or responsiveness — but so far, all I notice is that my drivers (except for the Camera codec) haven’t required any post patch updates just yet. We’ll see!