Microsoft's next version of SUS—dubbed Windows Update Services (WUS)—is due the second half of this year. It includes a number of new features that make it easier for administrators to keep software current.
It will, however, retain the same, reasonable price tag: It's included with the operating system at no additional charge, or you'll be able to download it for free from Microsoft's Web site.
Here are some of the features that WUS will offer:
In addition, WUS will offer status reporting, and it will install important driver updates at the administrator's discretion.