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.
Weird: a biannual feature upgrade is almost half a year delayed. Future of Windows? If it continues like this, we will get 19H1 sometime H2…
— Kari ?? (@KariTheFinn) March 28, 2019
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.