Microsoft to Give Windows Users More Control Over Installing Windows 10 Version Updates
While reading the Windows blog this morning, I came across this article posted on April 4, 2019, in which a Microsoft Windows vice president writes that Microsoft is going to offer more control to all Windows users when it comes to installing feature updates such as the May 2019 Update also known as Version 1903.
According to Mike Fortin, Corporate Vice President, Windows, beginning with the May 2019 update, Windows users will have more control over when it is actually installed while Windows Update will continue to install monthly cumulative updates and patches automatically.
Here’s what Mike Fortin writes on the Windows Blog post…
While regular updates are critical to keeping modern devices secure and running smoothly in a diverse and dynamic ecosystem, we have heard clear feedback that the Windows update process itself can be disruptive, particularly that Windows users would like more control over when updates happen. Today we are excited to announce significant changes in the Windows update process, changes designed to improve the experience, put the user in more control, and improve the quality of Windows updates.
In previous Windows 10 feature update rollouts, the update installation was automatically initiated on a device once our data gave us confidence that device would have a great update experience. Beginning with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, users will be more in control of initiating the feature OS update. We will provide notification that an update is available and recommended based on our data, but it will be largely up to the user to initiate when the update occurs. When Windows 10 devices are at, or will soon reach, end of service, Windows update will continue to automatically initiate a feature update; keeping machines supported and receiving monthly updates is critical to device security and ecosystem health. We are adding new features that will empower users with control and transparency around when updates are installed. In fact, all customers will now have the ability to explicitly choose if they want to update their device when they “check for updates” or to pause updates for up to 35 days.
According to the latest information we’ve found, it looks like the May 2019 Update won’t be rolling out until late May. But that’s unofficial. There is no official word from Microsoft about the official release date of Windows 10 Version 1903 (May 2019) update as yet.