Operating Systems and Microsoft applications
Microsoft software and security updates are installed automatically for operating system versions supported by the Managed Workstations Service. Microsoft releases updates to Windows 10, twice a year, which we review and approve for installation. You can review our OS Lifecycle support page to find the latest version. All managed workstations check-in with our update server roughly three times a day to identify and download any missing updates that need to be installed. Updates that don’t require a restart will install immediately after a workstation has checked in. The reserved maintenance window for all managed workstations begins on Friday at 11pm. Updates that do require a restart will be scheduled for installation during this time and the workstation will reboot automatically after the install completes.
NOTE: Getting software updates requires the managed workstation to be connected to the UW network. If you have a managed workstation which is regularly not physically on the UW network, we recommend you leverage the MWS VPN.
Applications from other vendors, such as Google, may have a built-in updating mechanism that ensures the application stays current with security and other updates. Please note: Where no such updating mechanism exists, keeping the application up-to-date is generally the responsibility of the user. If the application was provided through the Software Center, the Managed Workstation Service will publish a new version as necessary.