Last week, Microsoft rolled out Windows 11 Build 22489, a preview release available to Windows Insiders. Leading the changes in the release were the Online Service Experience Packs and Your Microsoft Account page, both of which we covered at the time.
It now seems Microsoft’s growing interest in service experience packs means the company wants to provide updates to Windows 11 out of schedule. This could also include bringing features to the platform without waiting for major twice-annual updates.
This shift predates Windows 11. Microsoft’s first Windows Feature Experience Pack was confirmed for Windows 10 back in December 2020.
Essentially, the ability brings updates for individual apps. Windows apps that don’t update as part of wider automatic platform updates. This means Microsoft can update then in-between twice annual feature updates. For example, if Setting receives a new feature, users could be able to install it independently of any other wider update.
Online Service Experience Packs
And this leads to the Online Service Experience Packs. Like the Feature Experience Packs, this system allows for out-of-scheduling updating. Instead of for app features, the tool allows updates for individual services.
For example, if a hardware management page gets an update, Microsoft can roll out the release specifically for that service.
Whereas Feature Experience Pack is available on Windows 10, it seems Online Service Experience Packs are exclusive to Windows 11. It is also worth noting that the feature does not mean Microsoft is ditching its twice-annual major upgrades for the platform.
Instead, this is a further of example of Microsoft tweaking its update models and cycles in pursuit of more efficiency.
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