Do we need to know what's included in Windows 10 updates?


Over the past month, since the release of the Windows 10 upgrade, Microsoft has delivered four cumulative updates. This quick update pace has been to fix bugs and deliver security updates, but also to expose new features that the company isn't talking about. For consumers, this should be no big deal since they can't opt-out of updates anyway. But, for businesses, this could be a big deal and is yet another thing that Microsoft seems to be "taking away" from IT. 

Is having full disclosure of what's included in each update important?


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on Sep 4, 2015

While the question can be a valid one I personally think it's not one that is easy to answer by selecting yes or no..
I work for a large company and we evaluate and test the patches before we deploy them to our systems. Not because we are hot on the work, but because some patches have serious impact(.net for instance) and even Microsoft makes a mistake once in a while and we have to fknow that we are about to be subjected by a stream of calls to the helpdesk and associated extra work because a patch has just broken something important, like say patch 3076895.
In general we can quickly go through the list when provided with a summary description. By all means make it short and snappy. Like i really do not care what the version of a specific dll is.
The trick then is to provide us with proper information when it is needed. When an issue occurs, provide the info and keep us posted. Since Microsoft doesn't score well on that point(see again update 3076895 and how Microsoft handled it) this is a trust that Microsoft has to work hard for. The less you provide us with information upfront, the more responsive and customer orientated you need when there is a need. It is therefore a kind of balance and it all comes down to a matter of trust.

on Sep 1, 2015

These polls are fine, great even BUT who are you truly targeting? The Small Businesses, Professionals in General/Retired, Advanced users, Consumers who care(these are what my vote is for) OR the Enterprises that can afford large volume licenses and the Support contracts that go with them?

on Aug 31, 2015

As someone responsible for a global enterprise, I can say that if Microsoft starts sending out updates that we can't control (as in, we don't get to say whether their software applies them or when, etc.) or if we don't have the ability to see what's in them...and to test them against our internally developed apps...well, that's going to kill the deal for us. We can't deploy a production OS that will not allow the things I've listed.

It's simply an impossibility.

on Aug 30, 2015

I rarely find (=take) the time to read this information.

on Aug 25, 2015

Of course we need to know what's in each patch and what it is expected to fix! We test our patches in a development environment prior to patching production systems. If a patch does cause a problem, how would we know which patch it was causing the problem unless we have a more in depth description of what the patch does?

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