Windows 10 Version 1803 — the so-called “April Update” — is now available through all means. Just today (April 30, 2018) I have upgraded and installed the new release on a variety of desktops and laptops using Windows Update, the Update Assistant, and even the Media Creation Tool (MCT). It’s been interesting to watch this release unfold and find its way into users’ hands. Along the way there’s been plenty of speculation as to when it might appear, in what forms, and through which channels. This has meant weighing Win10 1803 rumors versus facts, as online bloggers, websites, and publications have wavered between passing along rumors, declaring possibilities, and speculating on how things would shake out.
Here’s the Winver output from my production PC, showing Version 1803 for Win10 Enterprise on that machine
Deciding Between 1803 Rumors Versus Facts
As for Kari and myself, we’ve learned that unless an assertion about a pending version of Windows is confirmed or declared in an MS blog post or press release, it’s necessarily taken with one or more grains of salt. The recent run-up to the 1803 general public release today makes an excellent case in point. Just this morning, I read that 1803 would be available through the Download Windows 10 page only today. This writer opined that 1803 would not be pushed out through Windows Update (WU) until May 8 or thereabouts. But by 10 AM PST (Redmond base time) I was quickly able to confirm that the 1803 Version could be obtained using the Windows 10 Update Assistant, Windows Update, and the Media Creation tool through hands-on experience.
Over the past six weeks or so, I’ve heard or read rumors of 1803 release dates as early as April 10 and as late as May 10. Now we know for sure, that last Friday’s blog post from Yusuf Mehdi “Make the most of your time with the new Windows 10 update” was right on the money. But of course, it had to be: he’s the Corporate VP of the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft. But when trying to establish dates and deliverables, because MS simply doesn’t comment nor will it guess about such things, you must realize that if the info doesn’t come from MS it is most certainly a rumor. But indeed some rumors are better (or at least, more accurate) than others, so they can’t be disregarded altogether. But it’s better to understand such things as indicative of what might happen, rather than as anything close to a promise or prediction about what will happen.
With 1803 out the door, it’s time for a new set of rumors to start — this time for the upcoming Redstone 5 release. It’s way too early to tell much of anything about this yet in terms of content or timing. But I’m sure we’ll hear plenty of speculations, rumors, and wild guesses between now and when it too, goes into public release. Remember not to expect too much and to evaluate your sources carefully, and you won’t be overly disappointed. In the meantime: “Here we go again!”
Author: Ed Tittel
Ed Tittel is a 30-plus-year computer industry veteran. He’s a Princeton and multiple University of Texas graduate who’s worked in IT since 1981 when he started his first programming job. Over the past three decades he’s also worked as a manager, technical evangelist, consultant, trainer, and an expert witness. See his professional bio for all the details.