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Commercially released Windows Update for Business Reports

Microsoft on Tuesday announced the “general availability” of the commercial version of Windows Update for Business Reports.

Windows Update for Business Reports is Microsoft’s latest IT support tool that displays device and software update compliance information for Windows 10 and Windows 11 computers. IT pros use the Azure portal to view details about Microsoft’s monthly operating system quality update patches and feature updates.

The Windows Update for Business Reports feature also has a device status summary window. In addition, it shows the bandwidth savings achieved by Microsoft’s deployment optimization feature, which controls how software downloads are distributed across an organization.

While Windows Update for Business Reports uses Microsoft’s Log Analytics service, there doesn’t appear to be any additional charges for using it. Organizations only need an Azure subscription.

“Azure Log Analytics ingestion and retention fees do not apply to your Azure subscription for Windows Update for Business reporting data,” Microsoft stated in this “overview” document.

Update compliance surrogate
Microsoft had already referred to this feature as the “Azure Workbooks for Update Compliance” feature back in August when it was in preview. Last month, Microsoft announced its intention to rename it Windows Update for Business Reports. It also hinted at the time that Windows Update for Business Reports would replace Microsoft’s update compliance capability.

Tuesday’s announcement confirmed that Windows Update for Business Reports will replace update compliance. It also provided specific deadlines for organizations using update compliance.

For example, new users will no longer be able to download Update Compliance starting next month (Nov. 30).

Also, on March 31, 2023, Microsoft will end support for update compliance for existing users.

Existing update compliance users have a January enrollment deadline to move to Windows Update for Business Reports, Microsoft’s announcement on Tuesday suggested.

“If you are an existing one [Update Compliance] Users, to continue receiving update data through our legacy update compliance solution, plan to register by April 15.

Integration with the Windows Update for Business deployment service
Windows Update for Business Reports is integrated with the Windows Update for Business Deployment Service, according to Microsoft’s “Overview” document.

Microsoft first rolled out the Windows Update for Business Deployment Service in March of last year, calling it an “enterprise solution” that works in tandem with Microsoft’s artificial intelligence-based servicing platform.

Microsoft also has a Windows Update for Business option for updating PCs. It is probably different from the Windows Update for Business Deployment Service.

Also back in March, Microsoft indicated that using the Windows Update for Business Deployment Service would require the use of Azure Active Directory and certain other licenses:

Provisioning service capabilities for Azure AD-joined and hybrid Azure AD-joined devices are available for all enterprise customers, covered by a Microsoft 365 or Windows 10 E3 user license. Intune support requires either a Microsoft 365 E3 license or both Windows and EMS E3 licenses.

Windows Update for Business Reports to add new features
Microsoft plans to add new features to Windows Update for Business Reports. At some point there will be new reports on the status of drivers and firmware, as indicated by Microsoft’s announcement on Tuesday.

For a discussion and demo of Windows Update for Business Reports, watch this Microsoft video.

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Kurt Mackie is Senior News Producer for 1105 Media’s Converge360 group.

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