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Microsoft promises transparency for future Windows 10 updates


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Microsoft has promised greater disclosure on the contents of Windows 10 updates, following complaints from users over the current clandestine approach.

After Windows 10 device owners reacted negatively to background updates and little clarify in terms of the contents of updates, Redmond is changing tack.

The firm is now promising detailed release notes with each patch or update and a new website where users can keep tabs on the update history.

A Microsoft spokesperson said (via The Verge): “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."

The Windows Update History site is now live and will be updated as and when new updates are launched.

See also: 8 Annoying Windows 10 problems and how to fix them

Today’s release of Windows 10 v.1511 offers no new operating system features, but plenty of fixes for existing issues.

Issues with authentication, update installation and operating system installation have been nixed. Meanwhile, the issue of the Microsoft Edge browser caching URLs in private browsing mode has also been fixed.

Another signification fix is for an issue that prevented users installing apps and updates from the Windows Store and Windows Update simultaneously.

Think Microsoft will keep their word? Let us know in the comments below.


February 9, 2016, 8:07 pm

"Redmond is changing tact."
Changing tack, Chris. The word is "tack".


February 9, 2016, 8:11 pm

Actually "tact" is correct.

1. Adroitness and sensitivity in dealing with others or with difficult issues:

"the inspector broke the news to me with tact and consideration"

synonyms: diplomacy · tactfulness · sensitivity · understanding


February 9, 2016, 8:40 pm

Bryan-toboev is correct ...to change tack is to change direction...it's a sailing metaphor


February 9, 2016, 8:42 pm

Should 'little clarify' be 'little clarity' ?
2nd paragraph, 2nd line.


February 9, 2016, 9:13 pm

Actually after your comment I see either could be used.. I think the author chose the more appropriate term though..


February 9, 2016, 10:12 pm

Continuing the grammatical theme, you also need to change nixed to fixed:

"Issues with authentication, update installation and operating system installation have been nixed"

or perhaps not...

North American
past tense: nixed; past participle: nixed
put an end to; cancel."he nixed the deal just before it was to be signed"
late 18th century (as a noun): from German, colloquial variant of nichts ‘nothing’.


February 10, 2016, 10:13 am

No. Tack is the right word. Sorry to be pedantic.

You could say that MS is committing to be more tactful with their updates, or that they are going to apply more tact with their updates, but this doesn't actually make any sense, because the previous criticism didn't relate to a lack of tact. It related to a lack of disclosure.

The phrase "changing tack" relates to switching direction. As Dances points out, this is a sailing metaphor. Sailing ships cannot sail directly into the wind, but they can zig zag (or tack) against the


"Changing tack" is idiomatically correct. "Changing tact" makes no sense, implying changing from one tactful position to another, or possibly, at a stretch, changing the level of tact being used. This latter interpretation implies previous updates were done with a lack of sensitivity. In fact, previous updates were done with a lack of disclosure, not a lack of sensitivity.

This is not the first time this has come up in the pages of Trusted Reviews, and it really annoys me. Journalists should know how to use language correctly!


February 10, 2016, 1:02 pm

The amount of data Microsoft are collecting from users computers is scary. Even with all Windows 10 options to disable participation in any MS product 'improvement' programmes, Cortana, etc, they are still collecting keyboard, microphone, webcam, local media files data and more.



February 10, 2016, 1:46 pm

"tact" is appropriate. Period.


February 13, 2016, 1:48 pm

Well, you learn something new everyday. Like yourself, I was convinced tact was the right word to use but it appears that this is a common misunderstanding:


It'll be hard to change tack (ahem) and use the correct idiom but I reckon the above explanations by PGrGr and the grammarist link make for pretty convincing arguments.

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