Enterprise users now have extra time to apply the recently-released updates to
Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft has announced.

The software giant is giving users until August 12 to move to Windows 8.1 Update, Windows Embedded 8.1 Update and Windows Server 2012 R2 Update so they can continue to receive security patches, fixes and updates. The deadline was previously May 18.

The later deadline applies to users deploying the Updates via WSUS, Windows Intune or System Center Configuration Manager.

Meanwhile, the update will install in the background before May 13 if users already have 'Automatic Update' turned on.

What are the benefits of Windows 8.1 Update?

Revealed at developer event the Microsoft Build Conference, Windows 8.1 Update adds a host of new features that aim to make enterprises' lives easier.


Along with security and reliability enhancements, Windows 8.1 Update comes with improvements in personalisation, search, the Windows Store, and cloud connectivity. It's fast and made to work on a variety of devices, particularly those that take advantage of touch.

The enhanced operating system unifies Microsoft's developer platform, Windows Store and Windows Phone Store to synchronise app experiences across devices.

One of the most important Windows 8.1 Update features, Brokered Windows Runtime allows corporate developers and vendors to use most of their old Win32 code, transforming legacy business apps into modern touch apps able to run on Windows 8.1.

For organisations that develop their own line-of-business apps, Microsoft has provided a mechanism called “side-loading” that allows the installation of apps without using the Windows Store.

For more information on using Windows 8.1 Update, see our blog.

How to update

Enterprises with any PCs still running the outdated operating system XP will need help to migrate as soon as possible. You can do this using Dell Windows Migration Services which makes the process quick and easy, potentially halving the time taken to upgrade.