Microsoft cheeses off people

windows-10-start-menu-customised-live-tilesThe software king of the world, Microsoft, is getting people rather miffed about its secrecy over its Windows 10 updates.

Microsoft has pushed three cumulative updates for Windows 10. These updates combine security fixes with non-security bug fixes.

However, Microsoft has not said what is in these cumulative updates. While the security content is quite fully described, explanations of the non-security fixes have been lacking.

Microsoft is trying a Windows-as-a-Service concept, in which it releases a steady stream of fixes and functional improvements. Releasing lots of updates is supposed to reassure people and administrators that things are getting fixed.

But Microsoft is getting slammed for not saying what is being fixed and why. Microsoft  has publically said that it “may choose” to perform “additional promotion” of new features depending on their “significance,” there’s no intention of providing full release notes. Future patches are going to continue to say nothing more than “This update includes improvements to enhance the functionality of Windows 10”.

While Microsoft is not the only paternalistic software outfit which thinks it knows better than its customers, others feel it is important to clearly describe the fixes and features that an update includes.

The problem is that Windows 10 has to sell itself to software administrators who do not like the idea of installing something unknown into their networks.