Thanks to eagle-eyed writer Mayank Parmar at WindowsLatest, we now have the strongest possible evidence that the May 2020 Feature Update is indeed happening during the last week of this month. It comes courtesy of the Microsoft Driver Shiproom Schedule for 2020, which Microsoft uses to inform OEMs when it’s safe for them to plan to release new device drivers via Windows Update. As you can see in the lead-in graphic for this story, mid-week (May 26-28) during the final week of the month falls within a red oval. I added that for visual emphasis. In the Microsoft original it’s boxed in yellow. There’s a key at the bottom of the calendar that I didn’t reproduce in the lead-in graphic, so take a gander at this:
The text’s a bit blurry, because I enlarged it to 200%. But you can see a yellow box indicates “Feature Update.”
Proof Positive Means It’s Time to Prep
Those inclined to grab the Feature Upgrade can learn a lot from the current Release Preview (which recently merged with the Slow Ring Insider Preview). This currently sits at Build 19041.208. As long as you’re a Windows Insider, you can grab this from the Windows Insider Preview Downloads page using the pull-down menu beneath the “Select Edition” heading near the bottom of that page. This looks something like this:
This still shows as “Slow” ring in the pulldown, but it’s the one you want.
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You can put this release to work in your test labs right now. It’s not expected to change much before the actual Feature Upgrade goes out. Thus it should give you an excellent idea if it will negatively impact any of your important applications, especially custom or home-grown (in-house developed) code. Not too many businesses will be deploying in synch with this timeframe anyway, but it’s not out of the question that some organizations will have an update window (here in the US, anyway) during the July 4th holiday weekend (July 3 – 5, 2020). Cheers!
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