Windows 10 May 2019 Update announced, and major update changes

James Marshall
April 6, 2019

A post on Xbox Wire details today's update, which requires you to have downloaded the Xbox Insider Hub from the Windows Marketplace. Based on user feedback we know that any update can come at an inconvenient time, such as when a PC is needed for a big presentation. Alas, once those 35 days are up, you'll have to take your medicine before pausing again. So, we're making it possible for all users to pause both feature and monthly updates for up to 35 days (seven days at a time, up to five times). These are big feature updates, separate from the monthly security updates that Microsoft also rolls out.

We'll also start to see the migration to the Chromium version of Edge in this build, though it's not clear if there will be a Preview available at launch. If this one goes wrong, it could completely destroy the remaining credibility of WaaS.

The current Active Hours feature in Windows 10, which permits users to declare when they don't want to get an update, will have a new option to automatically adjust those hours based on the user's "device-specific usage patterns".

Pick the widgets you want to use with the updated UI. Fortin specifically mentioned detection improvements "in the area of data loss", an issue that had tripped up Microsoft's Windows 10 version 1809 release.

After it continues to be tested positively with no new bugs, Windows 10 will expand the rollout to more devices.

Well, Microsoft has announced they're improving Windows Game Bar with new features like Spotify, Xbox Live friends integration, and yes, the ability to quickly turn your screenshots into memes.

Microsoft will coordinate Windows updates and Microsoft Store updates to minimize user disruptions by installing them when machines are idle.

Unlike the case with previous twice-yearly Windows 10 feature updates, the next feature update, known as 19H1/1903, is getting several additional weeks of testing time in the Windows Insider Release Preview ring before rolling out to the mainstream.

This new approach to updates appears to be in response to the mess it had past year getting version 1809 rolled out. Microsoft gives enterprises the ability to stage updates, but consumers have been at the whims of Microsoft. And that's the problem with Windows 10 and that constant fixing of what was not broken, that actually broke things more. Organizations that had previously set a 274-day deferral policy will get stuck on a dead OS channel, explained John Wilcox, a Windows as a service evangelist at Microsoft, in a Wednesday announcement. These will be accessible by pressing the "Windows" and "Period" button together. Giving users more freedom, within reason, is the right move.

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