Today, Microsoft officially announced that the next Windows 10 feature update (version 1903), known under the code 19H1, was called Windows 10 May 2019 Update and will start shipping in late May.
This is the first “May” update for Windows 10, because the previous spring updates of Windows 10 always came out in April. Although the work on the May 2019 Update was completed on time, Microsoft wants to take a few weeks for additional testing to make sure that the new version is completely stable and working.
Windows 10 May 2019 Update – on the Release Preview channel next week
Next week, the May 2019 Update will be available to insiders on the Release Preview channel with the build of Windows 10 build 18362 (version 1903), and testing will continue until the end of May, when the update becomes publicly available. Microsoft makes changes to the policy for receiving new feature updates — the installation of the new version will not be forced to start if users use supported versions of Windows 10.
Thus, despite the fact that the delivery of May 2019 Update starts at the end of May, you can not install the new version if you do not want, but only if you are not using an outdated version of Windows, whose life cycle has expired. Microsoft changed the rules for deploying feature updates and took unprecedented steps in the era of the “Windows as a service” concept.
Phased update deployment
As usual, the update will be delivered to users in stages, and on the first day of release it will not be available to everyone. Decisions on the availability of updates will be made based on the results of machine learning data, analysis of feedback from testers and depending on the compatibility of the equipment used. In addition, users will now have more control over installing the update. It will be very curious to see how many users will prefer to upgrade as soon as possible, and how many will install the most recent update of features.
Windows 10 May 2019 Update is a relatively minor update. Only a few new features will be presented, and the remaining changes are related to the improvement of existing functions and components of the operating system. Among the major new features worth mentioning is the virtualized Windows Sanbox environment for the safe launch of unreliable applications (Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise), a light design theme, improvements to the Start menu, the Action Center and the system shell.