Windows 10 version 1903 is officially the ‘May 2019 Update’

Microsoft reveals that Windows 10 May 2019 Update will be the official name of version 1903, and it'll bring significant changes to the update process.

Windows 10 May 2019 Update
Windows 10 May 2019 Update

Microsoft is going with the “May 2019 Update” as the official marketing name for the Windows 10 version 1903. Although everyone was expecting the company to use the “April 2019 Update” name following the trend of previous releases, the company never confirmed the name, even though, early previews of the 19H1 development include a reference of the name.  

Also, the software giant revealed that the May 2019 Update will officially release in “late May” for consumers who choose to upgrade manually, commercial users, and devices running a release of Windows 10 that is nearing the end of support.

Alongside the official marketing name, Microsoft is announcing a number of changes coming with the seventh release of Windows 10 to give users more control over the update experience.

Starting with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, instead of using the automatic download and install approach, the system will notify you about the new version. However, the feature update won’t download until you initiate the process manually.

If your device is running an older version of Windows 10, which is nearing the end of support, only then Windows Update will initiate the upgrade automatically.

In addition, the operating system will introduce new features to “empower users with control and transparency around when updates are installed.” For instance, the May 2019 Update will include the ability to explicitly choose if you want to update your computer when you click the “Check for updates” or to pause updates for up to 35 days.

Furthermore, this time around, Microsoft is planning to make use of the Release Preview ring even more before making the May 2019 Update available to the masses to prevent problems like those we have seen with the October 2018 Update.

The company explains that using the Release Preview for a longer period will allow to detect issues before broader deployment. The company will also continue to make significant new investments in machine learning (ML) technology to both detect high-impact issues efficiently at scale and further evolve how artificial intelligence select devices that will have a smooth update experience.

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