Will Windows 8 Metro & Microsoft Store Increase Our Security?

As yet another Java update (only thing more frequent is Adobe) is installed on my work PC, I wonder how many people have disabled auto updates or fail to deploy updates in a “managed” environment.  This morning, I woke up, checked my iPad *gasp* and noticed there was an update to the Netflix app to solve a login problem I’d been having.  Nice, and a bunch of other apps wanted updates too.  Sure, why not?  I’d update the lot with a click.

If you’ve spent some time with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview then you’ve seen something similar.  The Store tile updates with a number to show how many updates are available, which you can then install with a tap/click.

Metro apps van only be installed/updated via the Store.  That means as soon as a publisher has a new version, they load it into the store, and we just update.  So in theory, if they fix something (a bug or security issue), we can update with a click.

That should increase our security levels.  We’ll be aware of updates via the tile, just like when the AppStore icon on iOS shows a red number in the corner.  The question is, will the users click that?  Remember that rule #1 says users are stupid. 

I hope businesses get a way to force updates.  I’d love to see the Windows Update service pull down and install Metro app updates.  We can force that nicely, and it would give us a single update mechanism.  But the flaw there is those consumer focused WOA (Windows on ARM) tablets with no domain membership.  We’ve heard whispers of a business friendly app store.  Maybe that will exist, and maybe it’ll give us an update policy engine.  Who knows!?!?!?  I guess we’ll learn more in the coming months.

But what I do know is, that updates will be easier and quicker for publisher and user alike, and will make the app on the desktop more secure.

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