Microsoft has refused to reveal the content of its Windows 10 updates, unless the revisions to its operating system are what it deems “significant”. Microsoft was asked by The Register to clarify its policy following the new cumulative update for Windows 10, the details of which are unclear. In a statement, Microsoft refused to reveal the contents of the update, saying only that it offered “improvements to enhance the functionality of Windows 10.”
Regarding its overall policy to Windows 10 updates, the Microsoft spokesperson said, “As we have done in the past, we post KB articles relevant to most updates which we’ll deliver with Windows as a service. Depending on the significance of the update and if it is bringing new functionality to Windows customers, we may choose to do additional promotion of new features as we deploy them.”
Microsoft’s decision to keep the contents of its Windows updates a secret is a legitimate security concern. If the company is, say, patching vulnerabilities in the operating system, it is in the user’s interests for any potential security holes to be disclosed; if the security guard left the back door open, we need to be told. Or maybe Microsoft is rolling out more ways in which it can collect user data for itself. Either way, the reasons for keeping the content of Windows 10 updates a secret is never a good thing for the user.
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