Microsoft won’t reveal what’s in Windows 10 patches

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Microsoft has released three cumulative updates for its latest operating system, Windows 10. The updates combine security fixes and non-security patches but Microsoft has been rather quiet describing the contents of the updates. While the details of the security content is fairly well detailed, explanations for what’s in the non-security fixes are decidedly lacking.

What’s in the Windows 10 patches?

Many people have publicly stated this is an undesirable situation and that a major element of the whole “Windows as a service” concept (where Microsoft releases continual updates and functional improvements) requires a clear explanation of the updates. This is quite a new approach for Microsoft, but it seems that reassuring its users that issues are getting fixed and changes are described, should be important.

This is even more important in the situations that a patch has some kind of problem. Microsoft tends to update these patches when the problems are later fixed, but the company is doing a poor job of communicating this.

Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn’t look like it’s going to change this approach anytime soon in Windows 10. The company has told various online sources that even though the company may choose to perform “additional promotion” of new features, there is no intention currently to provide a full set of release notes. The upshot is that future patches will continue just to say “This update includes improvements to enhance the functionality of Windows 10”.

Microsoft however isn’t alone in the lack of detail regarding its updates. As those familiar with app stores will know, software developers tend to vary greatly in the quality of the release notes provided with those apps. Some tend to clearly describe the fixes and features, but other companies often just state “various bug fixes” or similar.

If Microsoft wants Windows 10 to appeal even more to IT administrators, for example, more information will definitely be welcome…

SOURCE: Ars Technica.

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