Microsoft is giving business users running Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 a few additional months to apply the recently released updates for those operating systems.
According to an April 16 post on the Springboard Series blog, business users now have until August 12 instead of May 13 to move to the Windows 8.1 Update and Windows Server 2012 R2 Update in order to continue to receive security and other patches, fixes and updates. Those same extended deployment date also apply to Windows Embedded 8.1 Update.
Microsoft officials announced last week when Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Updates arrived that all users would have to move to that version of the operating system by May 12, which is the next Patch Tuesday.
The new, later deadline applies to users deploying the Updates via WSUS, Windows Intune or System Center Configuration Manager. From the post:
"In order to receive future updates, all customers managing updates using WSUS, Windows Intune, or System Center Configuration Manager have until August 12th to apply the new updates. For those that decide to defer installation, separate security updates will be published during the 120-day window."