It seems like every application wants to be on the most recent update or patch or revision. Do I really need another app update? Is it going to slow my system down? Can I say no and if so for how long? Those are typical questions that we hear from clients.
The ultimate answer is: it depends.
It’s always a good idea to be up-to-date with an application just because of security and bug patching, however we’ve seen our fair share of upgraded applications that slow down systems.
Our recommendation is to always update on security patches, however give the optional patches a few weeks, up to a month, so there is time for either the vendor or other consumers to run through the initial issues. Remember, patches and updates can only be tested by the vendor to a certain extent. The first wave of public patching is how they test on large/public scale.
The final question, “Can I say no and if so for how long?” Well, you can always say no, but it is not recommended. The best thing to do is to stay informed and stick to our recommendation about waiting a few weeks for optional patches/upgrades.
As always, please feel free to leave your feedback in the comments and take a look at our blog for information on updates and fixes to common update issues.