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Microsoft waves goodbye to major Windows updates with August release

Mark Hachman | Aug. 6, 2014
The August update will include improvements to the touchpad and Micracast support, which will be quietly rolled out to Windows PC owners. Microsoft has also abandoned its strategy of major milestone updates.

The August update will be delivered directly and automatically through Windows Update, Microsoft said, although users can also manually download it on the 12th. "Enterprises can take the update anytime," LeBlanc added, and it will be an optional download via the Windows Server Update Services.

If nothing else, Microsoft has made Windows 9 even more important--and removed one of the attention-grabbing elements of Windows. Major updates typically are accompanied by a preview, a major announcement, and reviews--and a corresponding surge in interest in Windows. A series of relatively minor updates may please users, who will wait eagerly for their monthly updates. But the lack of big news may also deprive Windows of spotlight opportunities. What's your take on the situation? Tell us in the comments below.

Updated at 12:12 to include the exact August updates, as per Microsoft.


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