One more tidbit from that Windows Weekly 396:
Mary Jo: This is somewhat related indirectly to the Google news about them disclosing patches this week. Microsoft announced early this week that they are no longer going to make available what they call the advance security notifications service publically for free to administrators. So what this was, it’s a 10-year old service. It is very closely aligned with patch Tuesday. Remember how Microsoft used to post up… these are the kinds of vulnerabilities that we’re going to patch next week when it’s patch Tuesday? That was what the advance notifications service was. Well, they decided they’re not doing that anymore. And the only people that are going to get those advance warnings now are paying Microsoft premier customers, which are the really big enterprise shops. And some of the security companies that work hand in hand with Microsoft around patching. Everybody else, it’s just going to be a surprise now what happens on patch Tuesday. And the reason Microsoft decided to do away with this is because they claimed not many people were taking advantage of it. Administrators were just dealing with patch Tuesday announcements as they happened on patch Tuesday. And they didn’t really need the advance notification. That’s their story; they’re sticking to it. This week was the first patch Tuesday where there was an advance notifications service bulletin ahead of time. And Microsoft has said, hey if you’re an administrator, you can use this thing called My Security Bulletins Dashboard and that’s where you’re going to see what we’re going to be patching. Well patches came out on Tuesday and for quite a while the advance, sorry the Security Bulletins Dashboard was completely blank. So I had people on Twitter saying to me, hey the patches are out but my dashboard is blank. What did they patch? What am I getting? I need to know this right now. So yea, the first patch Tuesday without ANS was not a banner patch Tuesday. But I think Microsoft has decided no more ANS warnings are going to be publically available.
This ties in with what we were saying before about not being able, in Windows 10, to get the details about an update until you agree to download and install it. Apparently they've decided that less information is better.
"Ignorance is Bliss."