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article imageMicrosoft promises to start detailing Windows 10 updates

By James Walker     Feb 10, 2016 in Technology
Since the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft has been releasing regular cumulative updates for the operating system without supplying any changelogs. After hearing much negative feedback, the company has committed to revealing what updates do.
Older versions of Windows distributed patch notes with each update, giving the user an idea of what each one did to their computer and why. Since Windows 10, users have been left in the dark though, seeing only the name of each update with a very brief description.
Naturally, this hasn't gone down too well with users who like to stay on top of the changes made to their system. Microsoft originally stopped supplying changelogs to simplify Windows Update and eliminate the time spent transcribing them into a consumer-friendly format, a move not welcomed by many Windows 10 users. Multiple requests in the Windows Feedback app — each with several hundred votes — indicate there is still demand for changelogs but for over six months Microsoft has remained silent.
Yesterday, the company released a new Windows 10 update, bringing the version number up to 10586.104. With it came an added bonus — a full changelog and a commitment to continue supplying them.
Starting with 10586.104, users will be able to visit the Windows 10 update history website to see the contents of each new release. Because each update is cumulative, including all the changes made in previously-released updates, consumers will only need to look at the details for the latest versions. Changelogs for older updates will be retained for historical reference.
Microsoft said the update history page has been created as a direct response to user feedback. "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," it wrote on the webpage.
"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. This page will be regularly refreshed, as new updates are released."
Changelogs may seem tedious but they can be a vital resource. If an update leaves a hardware component unusable or important piece of software crashing, the changelog may reveal a crucial detail to explain the failure. Providing a changelog also makes a software vendor seem more transparent and helps users understand why updates are being delivered.
In the case of Windows 10 10586.104, rolling out to users now, Microsoft has delivered a healthy round of bug fixes and improvements. The changelog reveals that several security issues have been fixed, including a widely-reported bug in Microsoft Edge that led to websites visited in InPrivate mode being stored in browsing history.
Other changes include a fix for a bug preventing simultaneous install of Windows Store apps and Windows 10 system updates, an issue that could allow attackers to remotely control Windows computers and improvements to the user interface and Microsoft Edge. For now, Microsoft is only releasing bug fix patches for Windows 10 as it continues work on the major "Redstone" update for later this year.
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