Microsoft adds new optional feature updates control policy on Windows 11

In conjunction with the launch of a series of optional (non-security) August 2023 updates, Microsoft announced a new policy to give businesses and organizations more control over integrated updates. cumulative updates and gradually roll out new features to Windows 11.

As a rule, Microsoft usually ships non-security-related updates for Windows 10 and 11 systems on the 4th week of every month. These releases contain bug fixes, new features, enhancements, and a host of other (non-security) changes to the operating system. Opting in for non-security updates can help you get a much-needed fix or an important change in a more selective way.

Optional updates also include gradual feature rollout, a method Microsoft uses to deliver "best experiences through proven and controlled mechanisms". With the latest policy, IT admins can ensure their organizations receive new features correctly with the right level of control.

Named "Enable optional updates", this new policy allows system administrators to choose from three options to manage optional updates and roll out the feature gradually:

Microsoft says this change won't take effect until a system administrator configures or disables the policy. Of course, some people will prefer to keep things the same and wait for the changes and improvements to come as usual. According to Microsoft, whichever option administrators and users choose, they will remain in control and continue to receive security updates in the way they have configured.

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