Microsoft starts providing release notes for Windows 10 updates

Microsoft is starting to provide users with information about what is in the updates it's delivering for Windows 10, as officials promised last Fall.

Microsoft is launching a Windows 10 Update History site today, February 9, which will provide users with information on what's in the Windows 10 updates the company is pushing.

The new Windows 10 Update History page will provide release notes about previous and current updates to Windows 10.

Microsoft's official statement about the new site, courtesy of a spokesperson:

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"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."

Microsoft Windows and Devices chief Terry Myerson said last October that Microsoft would provide users with more information about what is in the Cumulative Updates they are receiving for Windows 10. In October, 2015, Myerson said "starting next month," Microsoft planned to take a first stab at providing more documentation to both consumers and business users about what the company is delivering with each new update for Windows 10. Today is the first time Microsoft is providing this information.

In October, Myerson also said Microsoft would not provide a full code change list, but would try to provide the right amount of information for different audiences. IT pros, for example, will want and need information about different features than consumers will.

Today's new Windows 10 site also will be providing information on Microsoft apps, such as Edge, Groove, the Windows 10 Mail client and more, officials said. The site will be updated concurrently with new updates as they are made available, they said.

Update: The Windows 10 Update history site currently is showing information about two updates Microsoft will deliver today, February 9.

For those on the November update (Version 1511), KB3135173 (Build number 10586.104) provides fixes for authentication, update installation, Edge, Groove and more. For those on the original RTM version, KB3135174 (Build 10240.16682) provides fixes for update installation time, Edge, Silverlight performance and more.

Update No. 2 (February 10): Here's another Microsoft resource with branch and historical data for those attempting to keep up with what's in the various Windows 10 updates.

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