.NET Core Updates Will Now Be Delivered Via Microsoft Update

Starting December 2020, Microsoft will be delivering .NET Core updates on Windows through Microsoft Update

Recently, Microsoft shared that starting December 2020, it will be delivering .NET Core updates on Windows via Microsoft Update. 

Microsoft said that this change will allow organizations to manage .NET Framework and .NET Core updates in the same way. But If you don’t want to use Microsoft Update to update .NET on your machines, you can continue using one of the existing options.

The company said that .NET Core is an independent product, unlike the .NET Framework which is a component of the Windows OS.  Windows Update is reserved for updates to the OS, while Microsoft Update is for other products like .NET Core, Visual Studio, and so on. Therefore, updates to .NET Core will always be distinct from .NET Framework and will be available on Microsoft Update and not Windows Update.

Updates containing both security and non-security fixes for all supported versions of .NET Core - .NET Core 2.1, .NET Core 3.1 and .NET 5.0 - will be available on Microsoft Update. 

Source: Microsoft

Microsoft Update (MU) has a few distinct distribution channels and the .NET Core updates will be available on all of them. Like, Automatic Updates is meant for end-users and consumers, while Windows Server Update Services and the MU Catalog are more relevant to IT administrators.

Automatic Updates is the experience most end users are familiar with. Updates are typically installed automatically, at night, with no action required. But you must opt-in to get updates from Microsoft Update by enabling “Receive updates for other Microsoft products when you update Windows”.

You can find the option under Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Advanced options.

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