Microsoft unveils new features added to Windows Autopatch, including app-only authentication.

Microsoft announced Windows Autopatch back in April for enterprise customers to take care of update deployment and ease the burden on IT administrators.

Windows Autopatch is a service that Microsoft uses deployment tools such as Windows Update for Business (WUfB) on behalf of your organization to ensure automatic updates of Windows 10, Windows 11, Microsoft Edge, Teams, and other Microsoft 365 services. This includes creating test loops, monitoring health, and rolling back updates if necessary. The service rolled out broadly in July, and today Microsoft shared some details about the new features it recently added to Windows Autopatch.

See: How to Deactivate Windows 10 .

First, Microsoft introduced app-based authentication with its modern workplace management app.

This certificate-based authentication mechanism ensures that you don't have to worry about password rotation, unrelated service accounts, and complex Conditional Access (CA) policies. Microsoft has assured customers that if they choose not to use Windows Autopatch for the reasons mentioned above, they should try again now.

Microsoft has also simplified the device preparation process after enrollment. Devices that do not meet Windows Autopatch enrollment requirements now appear in the new Unenrolled tab, while devices with conflicting policies preventing them from receiving updates appear in the Not Ready tab. You can also click on the devices mentioned in any of these tabs for specific solutions tailored to each tab.

Enterprise LTSC (Long-Term Servicing Channel) (formerly LTSB, Long-Term Servicing Branch) is a long-term support variant of Windows 10 Enterprise released every 2 to 3 years. Each release is supported with security updates for either 5 or 10 years after its release, and intentionally receive no feature updates.

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