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    Why So Many Update Patches for Windows?

    I just bought Surface RT today. There are about 60 update patches and the update process took a long time to finish. Compare to iOS it just has a few update e.g. iOS 6, 6.0.1 6.1 not so many patches like Windows. So I wonder why Windows has so many update patches.

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    Its a brand new product that continues to improve. Apple tends to hold all their updates and release them at once. MS releases them as one-offs as they become available.

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    I rather have patches than none at all. If we had none, then there's the question and raging of "there's no patches, when are they coming?!!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by aratnon View Post
    I just bought Surface RT today. There are about 60 update patches and the update process took a long time to finish. Compare to iOS it just has a few update e.g. iOS 6, 6.0.1 6.1 not so many patches like Windows. So I wonder why Windows has so many update patches.
    Do you believe iOS 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.1, etc. only contains a single patch each? I'm willing to bet that each one of those versions contains many individual fixes. The difference is that Microsoft releases each fix as they come out rather than waiting for a combined rollup all at once. I'd rather get them as they're available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aratnon View Post
    I just bought Surface RT today. There are about 60 update patches and the update process took a long time to finish. Compare to iOS it just has a few update e.g. iOS 6, 6.0.1 6.1 not so many patches like Windows. So I wonder why Windows has so many update patches.
    Because you just bought it.

    iOS doesn't need so many patches because it does very little. Let me put it this way: Windows RT is much more technically complex than iOS. The more parts there are, the more complicated the maintenance (and, yes, the greater the probability that a part won't work properly). Moreover, many of the patches are related to MS Office, an extremely intricate collection of software that iOS can never replicate. One of the biggest patches for a new Surface RT is switching Office preview version to the full version.

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    The reason there are so many patches is twofold.

    Firstly, Microsoft take a much more proactive approach to security than Apple. An Apple fan might tell you that's because iOS and Mac OS X suffer from fewer security vulnerabilities. This is of course, completely false. A whole range of security issues are regularly and frequently discovered in both of Apple's key Operating Systems, but Apple prefer to hold off on releasing these and bundle them into bigger, monolithic updates, or indeed simply not release them at all in favour of bundling them into the next product update. Apple do this in an attempt to maintain the illusion their products are more secure.

    Microsoft by contrast release updates much more frequently. Microsoft's 'Patch Tuesday' approach gives business users predictability as to when security patches will be released, allowing them to schedule their patching processes accordingly. For consumers, it also means you get a product that can be kept more secure - patches are a part of life if you want a secure product.

    Of course, not all patches are security patches - plenty of patches are to improve performance or stability too. Again both Microsoft and Apple handle this differently. In iOS for example, it's pretty rare that you see any kind of minor patching going on to update performance or stability unless a major problem is disvoered. In OS X, Apple do release updates on a regular basis. Microsoft prefer to push out smaller updates monthly, but hold off on a bigger set of improvements until they're ready to release a Service Pack or other kind of major update (as is coming in Windows 8.1).

    Why do Microsoft hold off? Well, the reality is that Windows is in use on a broad range of hardware out there, with a vast number of different configurations, and so it's good practice to test all the updates and improvements thoroughly, ensuring that they work well together as well as just standalone.

    In short, there are more patches because Microsoft care more about fixing things fast, but in a sensitive way that makes sense. Apple prefer to hold off as much as possible and turn their updates into product launches that their CEO can brag about in front of an audience. Microsoft are kinda doing this too - but at least in the meantime they keep on top of their security bugs!

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    This is why iOS and Android vulnerabilities are in the wild for song long, Microsoft plugs security holes and bugs monthly and releases roll-ups quarterly and refreshes yearly....
    Jeff Roach - Surface MVP, MCLC, MCT
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    Thanks all of you guys. I see things more clearly now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnjroach View Post
    This is why iOS and Android vulnerabilities are in the wild for song long, Microsoft plugs security holes and bugs monthly and releases roll-ups quarterly and refreshes yearly....
    To be honest I wouldn't use iOS and vulnerable in the same sentence! It's pretty much rock solid.

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    I don't think so....

    ios vulnerabilities - Bing

    And iOS 7 is already exhibiting some new ones...
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