Well in advance of the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft painted a pretty picture of its newest OS. It's supposed to "transform" the way we do things, allowing us to be more creative. "A more human way to do." That's all fine and dandy, but with Windows 10 having been available for close to a month now, it's clear that there are many who are no longer as excited about the new OS as they once were. I am admittedly in the same boat; I no longer have a strong desire to upgrade at this point, because the caveats outweigh the benefits right now.
What caveats? Well, forced updates are a big one, and despite public outcry from those who'd rather have real control over their machines, Microsoft has retained its stance on the matter. Even worse, Windows 10 has some gaping holes when it comes to user privacy. By default, Microsoft captures a lot of information on its users, and I believe it will only be a matter of time before a third-party releases a tool that allows you to disable such data fetchers in one go.
Despite all of this, Microsoft is sticking to its guns in promoting Windows 10 as being the best, most secure Windows ever. But today, we learn of yet another move made by the company that contradicts the latter promise. According to a spokesperson who talked to The Register, Microsoft will not be exposing all of what's been changed or added to its forthcoming Windows 10 patches. That means that if a minor bug is fixed, Microsoft might not even mention it. If a big feature is introduced, then it likely will.
This ultimately means that Microsoft won't publish a KB article relating to a set of patches as it's done in the past. This is a horrible move. Many Windows 10 users are miffed already that their OS' update mechanism is weaker than it was in the past, and now, Microsoft wants to cloak updates.
There are a number of specific reasons why this should be a cause for concern. First is the fact that Microsoft doesn't have the greatest track record with pushing out patches. Sometimes, things break. Further, if we as consumers don't know what exactly is being patched, how are we supposed to put confidence in the OS we're using?
Here's something else to think about: Because Microsoft doesn't have to disclose what it's patched up, or what those patched-up bugs entailed, it means users could be vulnerable at any time to exploitation and not even realize it. Again, that ties into the fact that if we can't get transparency with regards to OS updates, we have no reason to put much faith into the security of the OS.
This could be taken as yet another move where Microsoft is shooting itself in the foot. While most home users might not even be aware of the unfortunate changes, those who understand their computers at all - and want actual control over them - certainly will.