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Windows 10 19H1 Update coming late May

Today’s blog post by Mike Fortin (Corporate Vice President, Windows) describes a pending change to Microsoft’s feature upgrade system. It is surprising, and at the same time, not surprising at all. Let’s first take a look at the most interesting part of this post:

We will increase the amount of time that the May 2019 Update spends in the Release Preview phase, and we will work closely with ecosystem partners during this phase to proactively obtain more early feedback about this release.

I’m pleased to announce that the Windows 10 May 2019 Update will start to be available next week in the Release Preview Ring for those in the Windows Insider Program. We will begin broader availability in late May for commercial customers, users who choose the new May 2019 Update for their Windows 10 PC via “check for updates,” and customers whose devices are nearing the end of support on a given release.

Thinking about the 1809 release fiasco in this connection, it must have been a real eye-opener for the Windows and Insider teams. Skipping the Release Preview, making it instead directly generally available, then taking it back after three days. Today half a year after its original release date, some users still don’t have it.

It is not a surprise that the Release Preview is back. What is somewhat a surprise is how long version 19H1 or 1903 will be delayed. Those users who are not Insiders who want to upgrade to 19H1 won’t get it until late May, as Mr. Fortin posted. However, that will not be the general availability date. Instead, only those users manually searching and accepting 19H1 will get it then. Those users who let Windows Update to decide which updates are available and when it should be installed, will probably wait quite a bit longer. My bet is, when 19H2 goes to Release Preview, some users will still be waiting for 19H1.

This is my personal, subjective opinion. I like what I read in Mike Fortin’s post. I like the changes it presents, although I do not like the way that Microsoft has handled this. First they said “biannual upgrades will be released March and September.” Then that changed to April and October. Now it seems likely that feature updates might appear in May / June and November / December (my guess).

We’ll have to wait and see what happens!


Author: Kari Finn

A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.

4 Responses “Windows 10 19H1 Update coming late May”

  1. Keith Donald
    April 4, 2019 at 20:52

    Sounds like there has been a “Damascene Conversion” in the Windows team and not before time.

    • April 4, 2019 at 21:13

      Yes, it really sounds the whole concept has been through some heavy re-planning and thinking. What they did in October, completely skipping the Release Preview and pushing the GA release button only because they were at an MS event in Florida and wanted to do something “cool”, that did for sure require some straight forward feedback given in soundproof room.

  2. CountMike
    April 4, 2019 at 21:29

    I don’t think they’d be able to keep a stringent schedule as things are getting to be very complicated. You know what generals say about battle plans ? “Every battle plan is great until the battle starts and then all goes to hell”.
    Better idea would be to develop and test anything radically new until fully sure that is as stable as possible and only then introduce it. There are several stages of test rings to do it thru.
    When I was in charge of production, despite much more predictable conditions of factory productions, I would never agree to exact date or time of a product run finish or just gave myself as much leeway as I could. That made me look good as most of the time I finished a run before the time I predicted.

    • April 4, 2019 at 23:58

      Better idea would be to develop and test anything radically new until fully sure that is as stable as possible and only then introduce it.

      I for sure miss Gabe Aul and how he lead his team. He knew what that meant, under his lead there had never been such arrogance as was shown with 1809 release.

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