For this week’s unfortunate acronym award comes the beta
test of Microsoft’s Windows Update Service (WUS)(see the
story from eWeek here).
MS is big on WUS and expects the follow-on to the Software
Update Service to ship sometime in mid-year 2005.
MS revealed its WUS at the IT Forum show in Copenhagen
where, among other things, Bill Gates did a demo of various
new technologies. Gates would like to spread WUS as widely as
possible during this beta test to ensure as many programming
holes as possible can be filled before shipping.
However, leaks regarding problems with WUS have circulated
for some time, especially since its been behind schedule by
12 months. Nonetheless, MS is insisting WUS will mature into
a robust solution to the problem of software updates.