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ConfigMgr 1606 Feature Highlight – Software Center improvements

Time for another quick feature highlight and this time I would like to focus on the client side of things. With version 1606 the Software Center also has some nice new improvements – lets have a look into what has changed:

1 – Installed Software merged into Installation Status

Prior to version 1606 there was a tab named Installed Software. This tab is no longer visible on the new client. Instead the information related to installed software is merged into the Installation Status tab.

This is what it looks like on a lab Windows 7 client not yet upgraded:


And this is what an upgraded Windows 10 client looks like:



2 – New tabs for Updates and Operating Systems

Prior to 1606 Applications, Updates and Task Sequences were all listed under the Applications tab. This has now been properly split as two new tabs for Updates and Task Sequences have been added.



3 – Installing multiple updates

Multiple updates can now be selected for installation or by using the Install All button all updates can be installed in one single click.



4 – Applications List view

In older versions the applications tab only supported a tile view – although this is nice it can be rather annoying in the scenario where you have a large set of applications. As of 1606 you can now toggle between list view and tile view.

An example of the list view from our lab:



This last one was actually a request I had filed on UserVoice in February and it is really nice to see how fast this made it into the product. This is just one example but it shows the importance and relevance of logging any feature requests and feedback on UserVoice.

Until next time!


  1. Rick Gates
    September 8, 2016 at 12:58 am

    Nothing new you could always select multiple updates, same as previous release, but you still cannot select multiple applications and click install. This feature was in SMS 2.0 and still not back!

    • September 8, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      Hi Rick,

      In previous CB releases you could not select multiple updates for installation.

      This feature is indeed not available for applications right now. Maybe check UserVoice (https://configurationmanager.uservoice.com) to see if any item is already logged for this and vote it up, or submit a new idea yourself.

  2. Sam
    October 24, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    The icon’s are too large for the Installed Software. Is there a way to decrease the size of the icons?

    • October 25, 2016 at 10:43 am

      Not that I am aware of – as of 1602 you can choose for a list view though. This is a better view if you have a large set of software listed.

  3. Jonathan
    March 2, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    How do you enable the Updates and Operating Systems tabs? We’ve been on 1610, but I’ve never seen those tabs.

    • March 2, 2017 at 10:15 pm

      No need to enable those tabs – it comes with the new version of the client. Did you check your client is also the 1610 one?

      Just to make sure: you did enable the New Software Center in the computer agent client settings, right?

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