Bookmark Tip: Windows Release Information by Microsoft
Microsoft published a new support page on its Docs website that provides administrators and users with information about known issues and fixed issues for Windows.
The page, which is titled Windows 10 release information, includes information for Windows 10, Windows Server, and previous versions of Windows including Windows 8.1 and Windows 7.
If you check the issues of the current version of Windows 10, Windows 10 version 1809, you will find a list of current and resolved known issues listed on the page.
Each issue is listed with a summary, the update it originated in, the status, and last update. Links point to the KB article of the update and to additional details on the Windows 10 Release Information page.
Note: The formatting of the table is fixed, it appears which means that you may not see all columns of the table on the page.
A click on the details link jumps to a section on the same page that describes the issue in detail. There you find information about affected platforms, workarounds, and other information that may help you mitigate the issue ore solve it.
Microsoft lists Windows 10 version 1507 to 1809, Windows Server 2019 and 2016, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012 R2 and 2012 on the page currently.Â Windows 7, 8.1 and the old server versions are listed under previous versions on the page. The May 2019 Update release will see Windows 10 version 1903 added to the page.
That's not all though; you find a message center listed on the page that lists recent announcements. These announcements provide important information from Microsoft teams and employees in regards to Windows.
Recent announcements include an article on the benefits of Windows 10 Dynamic Updates, information that Windows Server 2008 R2 systems need a servicing stack update to add support for SHA-2 code signing, or that Windows 10 version 1809 is designated for broad deployment.Â These announcements are posted on various blogs and sites that Microsoft maintains.
The Windows 10 Release Information page is a useful addition as it collects information from various sources and displays them all in a single location. Instead of having to browse dozens of pages to find relevant information, administrators and users find them in a single location.
Known issues alone is useful, as you find all known issues for all supported versions of Windows there. Summaries, descriptions, and links provide all the information that is available in a single location.
The message center offers useful information from Microsoft. While you can follow teams and blogs using various methods -- not all support RSS or email notifications -- it is quite the hassle to stay up to date when it comes to vital Windows related information.
The message center does not support RSS, unfortunately, but you can use a website monitor like Distill for web browsers, Web Alert for Android, or these site monitoring tools.
The usefulness of the resource depends on the update frequency. If Microsoft manages to update the page regularly and shortly after information become available, it could very well become one of the best resources for Windows administrators and users (apart from this blog, of course).
Now You: what is your take on the release information page?
In the referenced Windows 10 documentation VP Mike Fortrin says “We will be launching a new Windows release health dashboard later this month that will empower users with near real-time information on the current rollout status and known issues (open and resolved) across both feature and monthly updates. This will build on the Windows 10 Update History page that we currently use. Details for each Windows 10 version will be represented on one page that can easily be searched by keyword, including important announcements, new blog posts, service and support updates and other news.”
I hope this dashboard is easier to read than the poorly formatted documentation provided in the article where I have to zoom to 50% to see all the info horizontally, and then use Magnifier to read everything.
of course it is…
>>>Note: The formatting of the table is fixed, it appears which means that you may not see all columns of the table on the page.
It is hard to imagine a more convoluted, complicated, contrived contraption than the current Microsoft Windows Update.
>>>it is quite the hassle to stay up to date when it comes to vital Windows related information.
Yes. Yes it is.
Perhaps I will just take the path of least resistance.
Nothing new about and the page has been up for ages at technet[.]microsoft[.]com/en-us/windows/release-info.aspx. They just moved it over to the docs site now. But thanks for pointing out!
Nice! Makes it much easier to keep track of KB’s.