Microsoft irked a number of Windows 10 users last year when it went radio silent on system updates delivered through Windows Update. Microsoft had long provided release notes or at least a brief description about what each update added (or removed) from its operating systems and what key bugs or security vulnerabilities were squashed. Needless to say, users that like to keep tabs on what changes are going on behind the scenes with their operating system were not amused.
Microsoft has finally gotten the hint and is reversing course with the launch of the new Windows 10 Update History site. Microsoft writes, “We're committed to our customers and strive to incorporate their feedback, both in how we deliver Windows as a service and the info we provide about Windows 10.
“In response to this feedback, we’re providing more details about the Windows 10 updates we deliver through Windows Update. You'll see a summary of important product developments included in each update, with links to more details.”
The Windows 10 Update History site is now live and currently details February 9th updates for both current branches of Windows 10 (November update branch build 10586 and July initial launch branch build 10240). Users on the November branch can expect KB3135173 to address issues within Edge and Internet Explorer, enhance security of the Windows kernel (among other things). Customers on the July branch will see improved Silverlight performance, address some bugs with remotely configuring a server and much more.
Microsoft is likely expecting a rather large influx of Windows 10 users in the coming months not only from new PC sales, but also from customers that will be upgrading from Windows 7 and Windows 8.x systems. Microsoft “flipped the switch” earlier this month to make Windows 10 a Recommended Update for users via Windows Update. That means customers that up until this point have avoided upgrading to Windows 10 will have to fend off Microsoft’s more aggressive push.