Microsoft Sheds Light on Windows 10 Patches
Addressing a major sticking point for IT administrators tasked with maintaining end-user systems, Microsoft is now publishing Windows 10 update details.Microsoft is finally lifting the veil of secrecy surrounding Windows 10 patches. Starting Feb. 9, the company began publishing a Windows 10 update history online. In an email statement, a Microsoft spokesperson told eWEEK the following: "After listening to feedback regarding the level of disclosure for Windows 10 updates, we decided to implement a new system for communicating updates to the operating system. Today we are rolling out the Windows 10 update history site, a hub for the release notes that will accompany each update and serve as a historical record of prior release notes." Though Windows 10 has generally been met with a warm reception since its July 29 launch, one of the major criticisms levied on the operating system is the lack of patch notes. Without visibility into the changes introduced by a new update, many IT professionals balked at the prospect of deploying an OS that may unexpectedly render their users' devices and applications unusable due to an incompatibility. In the wake of the Windows 10 launch, Susan Bradley, a security specialist and Microsoft MVP, kicked off a Change.org petition calling on Microsoft to provide visibility into patches and more controls over the update process.
"People that care about their PCs have to know what is included in the updates, especially admins who need to validate and confirm updates. Then we have numerous examples of where firmware and drivers have caused issues. We can't just have control over after they update; we need control before they install," Bradley told eWEEK.