With Windows 10 being so new and being regularly worked on by Microsoft, users have received three cumulative updates in less than a month. These types of updates don’t add any new features but address bugs and other issues that have hampered early adopters of the new operating system. With these early updates, Microsoft has included detailed supporting documents, or KB articles, outlining the changes. Both users and journalists appreciate these as they provide a way to know all the little things that are being changed. Those detailed documents are not always going to include extensive details when new updates arrive however.
With cumulative update 3, Microsoft’s KB article on the update was very short. The summary only stated “This update includes improvements to enhance the functionality of Windows 10” and added that the updates are cumulative so installing just the most recent one is fine. This contrast in KB article length by Microsoft raised some eyebrows.
Because Microsoft has been so forthright with the previous updates, some are taking this recent KB article lacking detail negatively, claiming that it’s related to Microsoft’s security related poor publicity. It’s not clear from Microsoft’s statement if that’s true but many people are upset about Microsoft’s default security settings for Windows 10. With a group of user’s trust of Microsoft wavering, some have reacted quite harshly to an update not outlining every change.
In response to an inquiry from The Register (via Neowin) regarding the most recent KB documentation, Microsoft stated
“As we have done in the past, we post KB articles relevant to most updates which we’ll deliver with Windows as a service. Depending on the significance of the update and if it is bringing new functionality to Windows customers, we may choose to do additional promotion of new features as we deploy them.”
While almost weekly articles on Windows updates may seem dry to some but there are many users that want to stay on top of every little change. Microsoft will release varying amounts of information depending on the changes significance.