Microsoft has cautiously released the latest and stable major update for its Windows 10 Operating System (OS). The first major update after the controversial ‘Redstone 5’ October 2018 1809 update appears to be optional primarily because of the way it is being delivered. For the time being, Microsoft hasn’t pushed the Windows 10 May 2019 update, also known as the 1903 update, onto users of the OS. Instead, Microsoft has merely made the latest update more accessible.
Microsoft has officially updated their support document to announce that the May 2019 1903 Update for Windows 10 is now available to all seekers. The method of delivery is quite important because it marks the first time Microsoft has transferred the right to update immediately, completely within the hands of Windows 10 users. Needless to add, back when Windows 10 was introduced, Microsoft had tightly held on to the reins of the update process.
The May 2019 update or as it is known, the Windows 10 version 1903 is now available to those who seek out updates manually. According to the official notification mentions, “Windows 10, version 1903 is available for any user who manually selects “Check for updates” via Windows Update. The recommended servicing status is Semi-Annual Channel.”
📣 [Windows Release Health Update – New Message] Windows 10, version 1903 is available for any user who manually selects “Check for updates” via Windows Update. Read more here: https://t.co/NHEQuEjsVX.
— Windows Update (@WindowsUpdate) June 6, 2019
The situation is dramatically different from all the previous Semi-Annual Channel updates, including the most recent one that immediately preceded the 1903 update. Up until the Windows 10 1809 update, users of Windows 10 OS, especially the Home version, had little, if any, control over the way the updates were delivered and installed. This inability to control the update procedure was met with severe criticism. There were a few reports of data obliteration as well. Taking cognizance of the same, Microsoft painstakingly reworked the updates to remove bugs but had to finally hand over the control to the end users of Windows 10 OS.
The situation is now interestingly reversed owing to several policy updates. Essentially this means not every PC running the Windows 10 OS will get the update. Apart from the mandatory space requirements, there are other known issues that may hold the update process. Although none of the issues are as severe as data loss, experts caution users of Windows 10 to stay away from the ‘Update’ option. Many are cautiously advising users to wait for Microsoft to explicitly push out the update to PCs.