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Remember when software came on CDs? You installed the program on your computer, explored the features and functionality, and made peace with what you got.
It wasn’t so long ago that people bought software at face value. There was no real feedback loop between users and creators. Now, of course, everything is different.
Today, buying software is an ongoing process. Modern users invest in your product roadmap and expect you to gather and incorporate their feedback and usage data.
Product-led companies that learn how to use this data end up making significant improvements to the user experience. Continual improvements aren’t nice-to-haves—users expect regular upgrades to their in-product experience and, with an ever-growing range of alternative products available, they’re fully prepared to churn if you don’t deliver.
You probably knew that, which is why your product team is hard at work building, testing, and shipping bug fixes and new features.
But like the old “if a tree falls in a forest” adage, if those improvements aren’t accompanied by effective product release notes, did they even happen?
Why are product release notes so important?
Product release notes act as a direct line of communication with your loyal customers and power users. Used effectively, they open up a unique engagement channel with your users that keeps them excited about what’s coming next.
Sharing release notes on a regular basis also helps set the right expectations. They’re not only a great way to keep users informed, but also to retain frustrated users who might otherwise be kept in the dark about bug fixes or new features that they’ve been yearning for. Product release notes let users know that their feedback was not only heard, but that it was used to make meaningful changes.
Product release notes best practices
In this article we’re going to look at outstanding product release notes on different channels, using examples from some of our favorite products.
But first, let’s cover some best practices that apply regardless of which channel you use to communicate your product releases.
- Keep product release notes brief
They’re product release notes not essays. You should only need a few sentences and bullet points to let users know what’s new.
- Avoid technical jargon
You’re not impressing anyone with release notes that require a PhD in computer science to interpret. Use plain language when describing updates.
- Help users explore new features
If you shipped a new feature, give a brief overview of what it does and where users can find it. Link to any blog posts, FAQs, or videos that your marketing team created to accompany the release.
- Write release notes like they matter
Because they do! Writing release notes with the expectation that people are going to ignore them if a self-fulfilling prophecy. Don’t be afraid to sound excited about all the cool things you shipped.
Where to distribute product release notes
Product release notes should drive engagement, whether you choose to announce updates through in-app notifications, blog posts, emails, or even social media.
Each channel has its pros and cons, and the audience—and therefore outcome—will be slightly different depending on which platform you choose. Channels to consider include:
- Email—re-ngage users and encourage them to log back in to check out what’s new
- App Store—this is your elevator pitch to entice new users and get existing users excited about new features
- Blog posts—more real estate for releases that deserve more copy or explanation
- Social media—great way to spotlight single features and built hype
- In-app messaging—timely, contextual, and can be targeted to specific users
5 examples of great release notes
Below, we break down 5 examples of great release notes and explain how you can emulate them to make a bigger impact with your next update:
1. Help Scout’s monthly release notes email and blog post
Why this is a great example
- The email looks beautiful and gets straight to the point—there’s no filler here!
- The most important information is delivered in the header with just a few words.
- The email and blog post are stylistically similar—this feels like a single, cohesive experience.
- The blog post is broken up into sections, making it easy to skim through for users who are only interested in certain updates.
- The copy is easy to understand and fun to read.
Help Scout doesn’t treat their release notes like second-tier content. The email is attractive, the copy is minimal but conveys excitement, and a big call to action entices readers to click through to a well-formatted blog post that’s bursting with energy.
Your team works hard to build new features, squash bugs, and ship updates. Your release notes are a place to celebrate those achievements with your customers.
2. Slack’s multichannel release notes
Why this is a great example:
- Slack makes sure its users will never miss a beat with frequent updates on social, in blog posts, a changelog, the App Store, and an in-app update center.
- Twitter posts capitalize on the brevity of social media and demonstrate value by focusing on a single update.
- Slack keeps its social and in-app updates short and sweet, but provides links to more in-depth release notes on their changelog and blog.
- The App Store copy sounds natural, and lets users know that Slack is continually monitoring for bugs and making improvements.
- The company’s personality shines through across all channels.
Just because you're talking about fixing bugs doesn't mean you should start sounding like an exterminator. Slack makes a special effort to pen really unique release notes. It's a way to get people excited about small but important changes that will actually make their lives a lot easier.
Use the compact space of a release note store to show users what you do, and how you do it.
3. Feefo’s in-app update announcement
Why this is a great example:
- Feefo uses Appcues to announce its latest features, releases, and announcements where and when they’ll have the biggest impact—in the app itself.
- The slideout grabs attention and notifies users about updates without taking them out of the app itself.
- The messaging is kept brief and the slideout is relatively unobtrusive—if the user wants to learn more, they can click a CTA button that will take them takes them to a regularly updated release notes page.
In-app messaging is powerful because it’s contextual—it catches users while they’re actually using your product. It’s also any easy channel to abuse, so take a page out of Feefo’s book and keep it simple.
If you made 20 changes to your product, for example, don’t blast users with 20 tooltips, slideouts, and modals. Pick a handful of exciting new things to feature in a single slideout or modal and write the rest up in your company changelog or blog. You can link to it in your in-app messaging and let users decide if they want the full story.
4. HubSpot’s in-depth product update blog posts
Why this is a great example:
- Long-form content is great for important feature releases that may change the way users work or use your product.
- HubSpot uses short blog posts to teach users how to use new features with step-by-step instructions and screenshots.
- HubSpot allows readers to filter by categories like marketing or sales so they only see updates that are relevant to their work.
- These product releases double as SEO-friendly help docs, meaning they are searchable and have value well past the initial feature release date.
HubSpot uses tooltips to introduce its users to new features and functionalities while they're in the platform itself. But tooltips are meant to be short and sweet; for users who want more information, succinct, tactical blog posts are great at giving users more background about a release, or even walking them through more complicated rollouts step by step.
If your update will change your users' workflow, it's a good idea to use blog posts to break the feature release down into teachable parts and make your users more skilled at using your product.
5. Teamwork’s feature and development roadmap
Why this is a great example:
- Roadmap format gives customers an insight into Teamwork’s big-picture plan, letting them know not only what’s been done, but what lies ahead (we especially love the clear status updates for upcoming features).
- Short, succinct copy offers an overview of Teamwork’s recent activity—the amount of work they’re able to showcase on a single page is impressive and lets current and prospective users know that they can count on continual progress.
- Links to more in-depth blog posts for readers who want more information.
- A clear celebration of Teamwork’s.. well, teamwork.
Teamwork gives customers a peek inside its process and progress with a transparent list of recently completed tasks and features soon to come.
Your own team is constantly making changes and improvements to your product, big and small. Showcase that hard work and let your audience know that the gears never stop turning behind the scenes.
Make a bigger impact with great product release notes
Your team works hard on each new feature, so don't sell yourself short. A feature release is an opportunity to share with current users and potential users alike the culmination of your hard work.
Using product release notes effectively will help you to not only get your new feature out into the world, but also to re-engage users, build excitement around your entire product, and extend your brand's reach to new audiences.
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- Windows 10, version 2004
This article lists new and updated features and content that are of interest to IT Pros for Windows 10, version 2004, also known as the Windows 10 May 2020 Update. This update also contains all features and fixes included in previous cumulative updates to Windows 10, version 1909.
To download and install Windows 10, version 2004, use Windows Update (Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update). For more information, see this video.
The month indicator for this release is 04 instead of 03 to avoid confusion with Windows releases in the year 2003.
Windows Hello is now supported as Fast Identity Online 2 (FIDO2) authenticator across all major browsers including Chrome and Firefox.
You can now enable passwordless sign-in for Microsoft accounts on your Windows 10 device by going to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options, and selecting On under Make your device passwordless. Enabling passwordless sign in will switch all Microsoft accounts on your Windows 10 device to modern authentication with Windows Hello Face, Fingerprint, or PIN.
Windows Hello PIN sign-in support is added to Safe mode.
Windows Hello for Business now has Hybrid Azure Active Directory support and phone number sign-in (MSA). FIDO2 security key support is expanded to Azure Active Directory hybrid environments, enabling enterprises with hybrid environments to take advantage of passwordless authentication. For more information, see Expanding Azure Active Directory support for FIDO2 preview to hybrid environments.
Windows Defender System Guard
In this release, Windows Defender System Guard enables an even higher level of System Management Mode (SMM) Firmware Protection that goes beyond checking the OS memory and secrets to additional resources like registers and IO.
With this improvement, the OS can detect a higher level of SMM compliance, enabling devices to be even more hardened against SMM exploits and vulnerabilities. This feature is forward-looking and currently requires new hardware available soon.
Windows Defender Application Guard
Windows Defender Application Guard has been available for Chromium-based Edge since early 2020.
Note: Application Guard for Office is coming soon.
Windows Setup answer files (unattend.xml) have improved language handling.
Improvements in Windows Setup with this release also include:
- Reduced offline time during feature updates
- Improved controls for reserved storage
- Improved controls and diagnostics
- New recovery options
For more information, see Windows Setup enhancements in the Windows IT Pro Blog.
In Windows 10, version 2004, SetupDiag is now automatically installed.
SetupDiag is a command-line tool that can help diagnose why a Windows 10 update failed. SetupDiag works by searching Windows Setup log files. When searching log files, SetupDiag uses a set of rules to match known issues.
During the upgrade process, Windows Setup will extract all its sources files to the %SystemDrive%$Windows.~btSources directory. With Windows 10, version 2004 and later, Windows Setup now also installs SetupDiag.exe to this directory. If there is an issue with the upgrade, SetupDiag is automatically run to determine the cause of the failure. If the upgrade process proceeds normally, this directory is moved under %SystemDrive%Windows.Old for cleanup.
With this release, you can configure Windows Autopilot user-driven Hybrid Azure Active Directory join with VPN support. This support is also backported to Windows 10, version 1909 and 1903.
If you configure the language settings in the Autopilot profile and the device is connected to Ethernet, all scenarios will now skip the language, locale, and keyboard pages. In previous versions, this was only supported with self-deploying profiles.
Microsoft Endpoint Manager
An in-place upgrade wizard is available in Configuration Manager. For more information, see Simplifying Windows 10 deployment with Configuration Manager.
Also see What's new in Microsoft Intune.
Windows Assessment and Deployment Toolkit (ADK)
Download the Windows ADK and Windows PE add-on for Windows 10, version 2004 here: Download and install the Windows ADK.
For information about what's new in the ADK, see What's new in the Windows ADK for Windows 10, version 2004.
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT)
MDT version 8456 supports Windows 10, version 2004, but there is currently an issue that causes MDT to incorrectly detect that UEFI is present. There is an update available for MDT to address this issue.
For the latest information about MDT, see the MDT release notes.
Windows PowerShell cmdlets have been improved:
- Get-DeliveryOptimizationStatus has added the -PeerInfo option for a real-time peak behind the scenes on peer-to-peer activity (for example the peer IP Address, bytes received / sent).
- Get-DeliveryOptimizationLogAnalysis is a new cmdlet that provides a summary of the activity in your DO log (# of downloads, downloads from peers, overall peer efficiency). Use the -ListConnections option to for in-depth look at peer-to-peer connections.
- Enable-DeliveryOptimizationVerboseLogs is a new cmdlet that enables a greater level of logging detail to assist in troubleshooting.
- Enterprise network throttling is enhanced to optimize foreground vs. background throttling.
- Automatic cloud-based congestion detection is available for PCs with cloud service support.
The following Delivery Optimization policies are removed in this release:
- Percentage of Maximum Download Bandwidth (DOPercentageMaxDownloadBandwidth)
- Reason: Replaced with separate policies for foreground and background
- Max Upload Bandwidth (DOMaxUploadBandwidth)
- Reason: impacts uploads to internet peers only, which isn't used in Enterprises.
- Absolute max throttle (DOMaxDownloadBandwidth)
- Reason: separated to foreground and background
Windows Update for Business
Windows Update for Business enhancements in this release include: Arizona series 7 liquor license for sale.
Intune console updates: target version is now available allowing you to specify which version of Windows 10 you want devices to move to. Additionally, this capability enables you to keep devices on their current version until they reach end of service. Check it out in Intune, also available as a Group Policy and Configuration Service Provider (CSP) policy.
Validation improvements: To ensure devices and end users stay productive and protected, Microsoft uses safeguard holds to block devices from updating when there are known issues that would impact that device. Also, to better enable IT administrators to validate on the latest release, we have created a new policy that enables admins to opt devices out of the built-in safeguard holds.
Update less: Last year, we changed update installation policies for Windows 10 to only target devices running a feature update version that is nearing end of service. As a result, many devices are only updating once a year. To enable all devices to make the most of this policy change, and to prevent confusion, we have removed deferrals from the Windows Update settings Advanced Options page starting on Windows 10, version 2004. If you wish to continue leveraging deferrals, you can use local Group Policy (Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Update > Windows Update for Business > Select when Preview builds and Feature Updates are received or Select when Quality Updates are received). For more information about this change, see Simplified Windows Update settings for end users.
Wi-Fi 6 and WPA3
Windows now supports the latest Wi-Fi standards with Wi-Fi 6 and WPA3. Wi-Fi 6 gives you better wireless coverage and performance with added security. WPA3 provides improved Wi-Fi security and secures open networks.
In this release, Tunnel Extensible Authentication Protocol (TEAP) has been added as an authentication method to allow chaining together multiple credentials into a single EAP transaction. TEAP networks can be configured by enterprise policy.
Windows Sandbox is an isolated desktop environment where you can install software without the fear of lasting impact to your device. This feature was released with Windows 10, version 1903. Windows 10, version 2004 includes bug fixes and enables even more control over configuration.
Windows Sandbox configuration includes:
- MappedFolders now supports a destination folder. Previously no destination could be specified, it was always mapped to the Sandbox desktop.
- AudioInput/VideoInput settings now enable you to share their host microphone or webcam with the Sandbox.
- ProtectedClient is a new security setting that runs the connection to the Sandbox with extra security settings enabled. This is disabled by default due to issues with copy & paste.
- PrinterRedirection: You can now enable and disable host printer sharing with the Sandbox.
- ClipboardRedirection: You can now enable and disable host clipboard sharing with the Sandbox.
- MemoryInMB adds the ability to specify the maximum memory usage of the Sandbox.
Windows Media Player is also added back to the Sandbox image in this release.
Windows Sandbox also has improved accessibility in this release, including:
- Microphone support is available.
- Added functionality to configure the audio input device via the Windows Sandbox config file.
- A Shift + Alt + PrintScreen key sequence that activates the ease of access dialog for enabling high contrast mode.
- A ctrl + alt + break key sequence that allows entering/exiting fullscreen mode.
Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)
With this release, memory that is no longer in use in a Linux VM will be freed back to Windows. Previously, a WSL VM's memory could grow, but would not shrink when no longer needed.
WSL2 support has been added for ARM64 devices if your device supports virtualization.
For a full list of updates to WSL, see the WSL release notes.
Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD)
Weebly Release Notes: New Features And Apps From May 2020
Windows 10 is an integral part of WVD, and several enhancements are available in the Spring 2020 update. Check out Windows Virtual Desktop documentation for the latest and greatest information, as well as the WVD Virtual Event from March.
Read about plans for the new Microsoft Edge and other innovations announced at Build 2020 and What's new at Microsoft Edge Insider.
Also see information about the exciting new Edge browser here.
This release enables explicit control over when Windows automatically restarts apps that were open when you restart your PC.
Several enhancements to the Windows 10 user interface are implemented in this release:
Cortana has been updated and enhanced in Windows 10, version 2004:
Productivity: chat-based UI gives you the ability to interact with Cortana using typed or spoken natural language queries to easily get information across Microsoft 365 and stay on track. Productivity focused capabilities such as finding people profiles, checking schedules, joining meetings, and adding to lists in Microsoft To Do are currently available to English speakers in the US.
- In the coming months, with regular app updates through the Microsoft Store, we’ll enhance this experience to support wake word invocation and enable listening when you say “Cortana,” offer more productivity capabilities such as surfacing relevant emails and documents to help you prepare for meetings, and expand supported capabilities for international users.
Security: tightened access to Cortana so that you must be securely logged in with your work or school account or your Microsoft account before using Cortana. Because of this tightened access, some consumer skills including music, connected home, and third-party skills will no longer be available. Additionally, users get cloud-based assistance services that meet Office 365’s enterprise-level privacy, security, and compliance promises as set out in the Online Services Terms.
Move the Cortana window: drag the Cortana window to a more convenient location on your desktop.
For updated information, see the Microsoft 365 blog.
Windows Search is improved in several ways. For more information, see Supercharging Windows Search.
You can now rename your virtual desktops, instead of getting stuck with the system-issued names like Desktop 1.
Pairing Bluetooth devices with your computer will occur through notifications, so you won't need to go to the Settings app to finish pairing. Other improvements include faster pairing and device name display. For more information, see Improving your Bluetooth pairing experience.
Reset this PC
The 'reset this PC' recovery function now includes a cloud download option.
The following items are added to Task Manager in this release:
- GPU Temperature is available on the Performance tab for devices with a dedicated GPU card.
- Disk type is now listed for each disk on the Performance tab.
Graphics & display
New DirectX 12 features are available in this release.
A new tablet experience for two-in-one convertible PCs is available. The screen will be optimized for touch when you detach your two-in-one's keyboard, but you'll still keep the familiar look of your desktop without interruption.
With this update, devices running Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Pro for Workstations with multiple displays can be configured to prevent Windows from using a display, making it available for a specialized purpose.
- Fixed-function arcade & gaming such as cockpit, driving, flight, and military simulators
- Medical imaging devices with custom panels, such as grayscale X-ray displays
- Video walls like those displayed in Microsoft Store
- Dedicated video monitoring
- Monitor panel testing and validation
- Independent Hardware Vendor (IHV) driver testing and validation
To prevent Windows from using a display, choose Settings > Display and click Advanced display settings. Select a display to view or change, and then set the Remove display from desktop setting to On. The display will now be available for a specialized use.
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