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Microsoft has begun rolling out its Windows release health dashboard to the Microsoft 365 admin portal, a move the company previewed earlier this month at its all-virtual Ignite conference.

“This will be a phased rollout and we expect this information experience to be available to all applicable customers by the end of April,” Mabel Gomes, senior communications program manager in the Windows group, said in a March 25 post to a company blog.

The original Windows release health launched almost two years ago as one of the changes Microsoft instituted after the disastrous debut of Windows 10 1809, the fall 2018 version of the operating system that had to be yanked from release because it deleted data.

That dashboard — later labeled a “hub” — has offered information on current rollout status and known issues, both open and closed cases, for all Windows 10 updates. Notably, the hub was the one public location where Microsoft posted information about all Windows 10 blockers, issues that have prevented machines from upgrading to the next refresh (and thus marked the systems Microsoft would refuse to offer an update).

The public release health hub can be found here.

The Windows release health being added to the Microsoft 365 admin center will be similar but not identical to the existing hub; essentially, it will be “public hub-plus.”

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