Early this morning, questions started appearing all over the Internet about an odd 4.3MB patch that appeared in Windows Update. The name of the patch was given as the following:
The “more information” and “Help and Support” links pointed to three odd locations:
The patch appears to have been pulled.
Zack Whittaker at ZDNet and Dan Goodin at Ars Technica report that Microsoft has contacted them and said that Microsoft had “incorrectly published a test update.” I’ve seen no other reports, official, claiming to be official, or otherwise.
This four-page Microsoft Answers thread has no response from Microsoft. This Reddit thread has several update logs, but nothing official from Microsoft. A lengthy Hacker News thread, similarly, has lots of speculation and zero input from Microsoft.
The lack of information about patches -- and patch screw-ups -- shouldn’t surprise anyone. Only yesterday, Microsoft issued a firmware update for the Surface Pro 3, with absolutely no announcement, no description, not even a mention on the official Surface Pro 3 changelog. In case you’re checking, it’s marked “System Firmware Update – 9/29/2015.” Other than that, we don’t know a thing. It's indicative of the lack of communication we've seen getting worse over the last year.
Times are changing -- not for the better.