Earlier today, Microsoft released Windows 10 build 10586.104 to all PCs as part of their new Windows as a Service (WaaS) paradigm. In addition to the update, Microsoft is also now including a detailed changelog of what the software patch does to keep users in the loop.
By heading to the Windows 10 update history, page users will be able to discern clearly what was fixed and improved with the routine OS updates.
Today's patch, listed as KB3135173, was the first one to be detailed, but consumers can expect this page to be regularly updated with the monthly release cadence.
Microsoft initially announced plans for the update history page back in October in reaction to the previous policy of forgoing a changelog. Microsoft had this to say about today's adjustment in procedure:
"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."
Today's .104 update is also coming to mobile, likely in the coming days, as the changelog clearly calls out the OS for Windows Phones as well. Since Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile share the same codebase, this means the changes apply to both platforms where there is feature overlap.
Clearly this is a welcomed shift in procedure from Microsoft. While the company often makes alterations for the better, some of those changes are met with resistance from their consumer base. However, the company seems prepared to adjust based on user feedback instead of being bullheaded likes some other companies. The publishing of 'what's new' in these regular OS updates is a first step in bridging better communication with their customers, and we support the resolution.
What do you think about the new Update History page for Windows 10? Does it go far enough in satisfying your curiosity? Did Microsoft do the right thing in responding to their audience? Let us know in comments.