October 2016 is the first month for the new style patches from Microsoft. This brings Windows 7 SP1, 8.1 and Server 2008 R2 (on wards) in line with Windows 10 for cumulative updates. This means that all supported windows versions will follow the same servicing model.
Patches instead of being issued as individual updates they are now all rolled up into one patch for the month.
Rollups are split into 3 styles
- A security-only quality update (security fixed for the month)
- A security monthly quality rollup (Security and Maintenance Fixes)
- A preview of the monthly quality rollup Preview of the next monthly quality roll up (3rd Tuesday)
These are available via windows update and WSUS
This is more efficient by reducing the number of files downloaded and updated. This means less of a burden on patching and should mean patching isn’t a fight against one update over another.
Overall this should make systems more secure but time will tell if this has any impact on legacy software installed on these operating systems.
For more detail on this on Microsoft’s blog post