Microsoft (MSFT) Improves Windows 10 Transparency with Dedicated Updates History Site

Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) has launched a website dedicated to tracking Windows 10 patch updates. Several updates have been released since Windows 10 launched in the middle of last year, but most users don’t really know what is being fixed/updated when new releases are applied. The site will include every update of the OS for a historical record moving forward.

The following is from the new website:

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. 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.

We’re currently delivering updates to two distinct Windows 10 branches. The July initial launch branch (build 10240), and the November update branch (build 10586). We introduced new operating system features in November after having previewed, or “flighted”, them with our Windows Insiders between July and

November. Most customers have already been moved automatically from the July branch to the November branch. Windows 10 Professional, Enterprise, and Education edition customers can defer the update to the November branch and stay on the July feature set longer — as long as 10 years for some Enterprise customers. For more info, see Windows 10 servicing options.

Windows 10 updates are cumulative of all previous updates. Installing the latest one makes your device current. Windows Store apps are updated through the Windows Store. Details about app updates are provided on a per app basis.

The following sections list some key improvements included in each update.

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Updates for Windows 10 Version 1511

February 9, 2016 — KB3135173 (brings system to 10586.104)

This update includes quality improvements and security fixes. No new operating system features are being introduced this month. Key changes in this update include:

  • Fixed issues with authentication, update installation, and operating system installation.

  • Fixed issue with Microsoft Edge browser caching visited URLs while using InPrivate

    • Fixed issue that didn’t allow simultaneous install of apps from the Windows Store and updates from Windows Update.

    • Fixed issue that delayed the availability of songs added to the Groove Music app in Windows 10 Mobile.

    • Improved security in the Windows kernel.

    • Fixed security issues that could allow remote code execution when malware is run on a target system.

    • Fixed security issues in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 that could allow code from a malicious website to be installed and run on a device.

    • Fixed additional issues with the Windows UX, Windows 10 Mobile, Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge, and taskbar.

    • Fixed additional security issues with .NET Framework, Windows Journal, Active Directory Federation Services, NPS Radius Server, kernel-mode drivers, and WebDAV.

    For more info about the security fixes in this update and a complete list of affected files, see KB3135173.

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    Updates for Windows 10 (initial version released July 2015)

    February 9, 2016 — KB3135174 (brings system to 10240.16683)

    This update includes quality improvements and security fixes. No new operating system features are being introduced this month. Key changes in this update include:

    • Improved installation time of updates.

    • Fixed issue with Microsoft Edge browser caching visited URLs while using InPrivate browsing.

    • Improved Silverlight performance.

    • Fixed issue that didn’t allow a Windows 10 PC to remotely configure a server.

    • Fixed issue with pictures and tables not displaying in Windows Journal.

    • Fixed security issues that could allow remote code execution when malware is run on a target system.

    • Fixed security issues in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 that could allow code from a malicious website to be installed and run on a device.

    • Fixed additional issues with Input Method Editors (IMEs), Direct Access, assigned access, peripheral device detection, barcode scanning, Windows Explorer, Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge, and scripting.

    • Fixed additional security issues with .NET Framework, PDF library, Windows Journal, kernel-mode drivers, Remote Desktop, and WebDAV.

    For more info about the security fixes in this update and a complete list of affected files, see KB3135174.

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