Microsoft has solved perhaps one of the biggest headaches for IT administrators around the world with the launch of a new service that displays the update status of all devices in an organization.

As revealed in a Microsoft Tech Community blog post (opens in a new tab), the initial launch of the software updates page in the Microsoft 365 admin center will focus on Windows and Office updates.

Microsoft says the new services should help IT administrators save valuable time and resources by allowing them to quickly identify any issues with their devices and take immediate action.

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“Keeping devices up to date with the latest security updates is an important part of an IT administrator's role. The software updates page in the Status section of the Microsoft 365 admin center provides a high-level summary view notifying you of devices that may be behind on the latest updates released by Microsoft.

The page will include separate tabs for Office and Windows, where admins can see if devices are currently on the latest version or not. They will also be able to get an overview of their entire deployment, containing statistics on the proportion of devices running unsupported operating systems or the number of devices reaching end of maintenance.

"We know that it can take some time to deploy updates to your environment, so we distinguish between a single security update that is past due or multiple security updates that are past due," Microsoft said.

The page is now in preview, and Microsoft asks administrators to test it and let them know of any improvements that can be made, with more information here (opens in a new tab).

The launch comes shortly after Microsoft introduced a new service that it says will help users gain more control over their Windows updates. Windows Autopatch seeks to help IT administrators manage the deployment of updates in an enterprise, including updates to features, drivers, firmware, and Microsoft 365 apps.

The service will be able to detect which updates need to be done through a series of "test rings" and will be able to verify settings through Microsoft Endpoint Manager, with admins just needing to follow the instructions for it to work.

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