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TOP STORY: Microsoft says tight-lipped Windows 10 updates are a thing of the past

TOP STORY: Microsoft says tight-lipped Windows 10 updates are a thing of the past
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Like no other company, Microsoft has its critics. A lot of people love to hate the company, which has dominated the home computer marketplace for decades with its Windows operating systems.

Its new OS, Windows 10, has plenty of critics (and fans). Among the things people don't like about Windows 10 is the extensive amount of your personal information that it collects.

We've told you about Windows 10's privacy issues, and ways to take charge of the information you are, and aren't, sharing with them. Another critique is that Windows 10 is often updated by Microsoft without you knowing about it.

That's good, in the sense it's fixing issues with Windows 10 that pop up, notably security patches and updates that protect you from hackers. However, Microsoft's critics have long complained that it's sneaky about those updates.

Often, you have no idea that Windows 10 has been updated, or why. Microsoft, which is aggressively trying to become more customer focused, has acknowledged the issue and promised to remedy it. Now, you can see the first crack at that.

On its dedicated website, Windows 10 Update History (click here), you can see a list of recent updates. Those include reassuring but slightly vague updates, like "Improved security in the Windows kernal."

And it includes information on updates that only computer programmers could explain, like "Fixed security issues that could allow remote code execution when malware is run on a target system."

Microsoft also has cumulative update records, KB3135173 and KB3135174, with additional helpful information. There you can see recent updates, information on "how to get this update," and a place to provide feedback. (See image below.)

If you like Microsoft revealing more about its Windows 10 updates, let it know. Or, if you experience a problem, let it know so its Windows 10 Update History becomes a better resource.

Windows 10 Update History

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Source: The Register
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