At the beginning of July we questioned what Microsoft were doing with WUS (Windows Update Services). This week those who signed up for the open evaluation (which was promised for late summer) received an email about the status of WUS. The team have delayed WUS till the first half of 2005 (which will co-inside with R2 betas) and have as such delayed the open evaluation till the end of this year.
The reason for the delays? Simple:
The March release of the Windows Update Services closed beta has spurred overwhelming interest from customers and partners evaluating the product. The WUS team have assessed this input as part of the beta cycle, and are committed to incorporating the feedback before releasing the next beta release for the Windows Update Services Open Evaluation Program.
The Windows Update Services team is developing a new Automatic Updates agent which will be included in XPSP2. The new agent is used both to improve the updating experience for XPSP2 users connecting directly to Windows Update and for users who will leverage Windows Update Services in their corporate environments in the future.
Lets hope we see Windows Update Services by the end of the year.