Re: Subtle shift in Microsoft’s patching policy could have wide-reaching effect
Microsoft's long-term solution for unpatched third party hardware is to copy Apple's for iOS: Software issued through the Windows Store is automatically updated by the Store app. This is manageable in a managed environment.
I've been arguing for years that Microsoft should include key third party programs in Windows Update, or at least open the interface so that third parties could establish signed, trusted updates that would be pulled and installed by Windows Update client software. But if they haven't done it by now they aren't going to. The real problem is on unmanaged clients and the real solution for them, as Microsoft sees it, is the Store.