Microsoft today has released the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Servicing Extension as a beta offering on its Microsoft Connect site.

Servicing Extension is a really awesome add-on for the ConfigMgr 2012 console, integrating several new and useful functions. Here's what it offers:

  • Notifies you of ConfigMgr updates as they become available and provides the ability to filter updates according to the major releases.
  • Provides additional details on the sites in your environment for quick review in the console. These include: the last major ConfigMgr version installed and the most recently installed Cumulative Update.
  • Enables a view for the installed ConfigMgr client versions which can be used to create queries to identify for Collections.
  • Integrates an RSS reader into the ConfigMgr console that aggregates blog posts from the System Center Configuration Manager Team Blog and The Configuration Manager Support Team Blog.

If you're interested in participating, go here: SC 2012 Configuration Manager Servicing Extension