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Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 General Availability Cumulative Update

With Windows 8 and Server 2012 being in the hands of OEM’s for a few weeks now that has caused a number of updated to be required to support new hardware, software and experience elements because of the touch user interface.


Paul Gregory | 10 October 2012

With Windows 8 and Server 2012 being in the hands of OEM’s for a few weeks now that has caused a number of updated to be required to support new hardware, software and experience elements because of the touch user interface.

Normally these updates would be rolled into Windows silently by the OEM and once they have been through all the testing and approval process would start to make up part of Service Pack 1 for the product.  Because of some of the fundamental changes Microsoft have made around this new OS, they want to get these updates tested and distributed much, much quicker into the general product.  The release of this Cumulative Update for both Windows 8 & Windows Server 2012 on the 9th October 2012 so a dramatic improvement in these processes over previous operating system releases.  The update mostly covers improvements in areas of:

  • Increased power efficiency to extend battery life
  • Performance improvements in Windows 8 applications and Start screen
  • Improved audio and video playback in many scenarios
  • Improved application and driver compatibility with Windows 8

You will also notice a number of the Windows 8 components will be updated over the next day or two to also support Cumulative Update.  More details can be found hereand full training for Windows 8 and Server 2012 is available from us here @QATraining


QA Training | Paul Gregory

Paul Gregory

Head of Microsoft Infrastructure

A Microsoft Certified Trainer since 1995, Paul has worked both for and with some of the world's leading IT Services organisations – including Unisys, Dell and Microsoft during the Microsoft Windows (TAP) Technology Adoption Programme. Paul specializes in delivering training around the Windows Operating system as well infrastructure and management solutions around System Center going right back to SMS 1.0. Paul is a frequent visitor to Microsoft's Global Headquarters in Seattle to attend early product workshops and for many years has delivered training courses around the world on behalf of Microsoft. In addition to being actively involved in Microsoft's Windows TAP programme, Paul has recently delivered both Microsoft's Private Cloud 2012 readiness training to partners in the UK and was a member of the Microsoft global training team delivering Windows Server 2012 early adopter training. During recent years Microsoft has requested Paul to deliver System Center training at both Redmond and The South American head office to Microsoft Partners.
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