Microsoft May Provide Cumulative Update Details For Windows 10 Enterprise Users
About a week ago, it was revealed that Microsoft was going to be taking yet another step in the wrong direction with Windows 10. This time, it planned to forego telling us regular consumers what its Windows 10 updates would actually entail. We wouldn't know what caused a breakage if one were to occur, and worse, we wouldn't know whether or not we were vulnerable to exploits (or whether they were patched.)
As ridiculous as this is for the home user, it's downright absurd for enterprise customers. It could be argued that enterprise computing should be weighed even higher than consumer computing, because it has to work, and has to work flawlessly. Any downtime results in lost dollars, so for Microsoft to keep such update information away even from these customers would be downright baffling.
Well, according to ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft might be easing off on that idea just a little bit. Microsoft's Gabe Aul is quoted as saying "We don't do full change lists." on account of it being too hard to manage, although I am personally not sure how or why that'd be the case. Nonetheless, Microsoft officials have spoken up to say that "some information" about "significant" features will be unmasked in Windows 10 cumulative rollups.
That's all fine and good, but if Microsoft is going to release that information to enterprise customers, why would it be so difficult to release the same information to regular customers? Even if it "doesn't really add any value" to most end-users, it seems like that kind of information should be public. After all, people will be using Windows 10 day in and day out, and their lives will be intertwined with it.
There's not much to say here that isn't obvious. Some of Microsoft's decisions as of late are just too tough to wrap our heads around.