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Microsoft Launches New Windows Update for Business Reports Service

Rabia Noureen

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Microsoft has recently announced the general availability of Windows Update for Business reports. The new solution that enables customers to view device and software-update compliance information for Windows 11 and Windows 10 PCs.

Microsoft released this service as Azure Workbooks for Update Compliance in public preview back in August. It allows IT admins to monitor feature, quality, and security updates across all Windows 10 and 11 machines. Moreover, the tool includes reports on devices with update compliance issues and bandwidth savings within an organization.

“Windows Update for Business reports is a cloud-based solution that provides information about your Azure Active Directory-joined devices’ compliance with Windows updates. Windows Update for Business reports is offered through the Azure portal, and it’s included as part of the Windows 10 or Windows 11 prerequisite licenses,” the company explained.

To get started with Windows Update for Business reports, users will need to sign into the Azure Portal. Select Monitor >> Workbooks >> Windows Update for Business reports >> Get started >> Windows Update for Business reports enrolment. Choose the Subscription and Azure Log Analytics Workspace and click Save settings.

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The Windows Update for Business reports enrollment flyout

Windows Update for Business reports to replace the Update Compliance solution in 2023

Microsoft has confirmed that Windows Update for Business will eventually replace Microsoft’s Update Compliance solution. All existing customers will be able to use the legacy service for now, but it will no longer be available to download for new users starting next month.

Microsoft plans to deprecate the Update Compliance solution on March 31, 2023. The company is recommending users to migrate to the new Windows Update for Business reports experience by January 15, 2023, to avoid any disruptions in the workflow.

Microsoft is also working to introduce new capabilities in Windows Update for Business Reports at some point in the future. The tool will add support for new content reports to help administrators track the status of drivers and firmware updates.

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