Microsoft Clarifies Windows 10 Patch Tuesday Update Concerns

This week Microsoft announced its plans to halt Windows 10 optional updates starting May 2020. This decision has been made in wake of the coronavirus outbreak. The change applies to all supported versions of Windows 10.

This announcement raised some concerns about the future of non-security fixes for Windows 10. People were curious to know if Microsoft will stop releasing Patch Tuesday Updates altogether. AskWoody discussed the matter on Twitter:

“It’s still not clear, to me, whether MS will stop doing non-security patches — or if they’ll be rolled into the Patch Tuesday security patch. Optional C/D Week patches are gone starting in May. Great. Minor non-security patches are gone. Great. But what about the other patches?”

Patch Tuesday Updates Are Still A Thing

Luckily, Microsoft decided to clarify the user’s concerns this time. The Redmond giant confirmed that the Windows 10 Team will continue to deploy non-security fixes. So, going forward, it means that you should still expect Patch Tuesday Updates.

Microsoft said in an official statement: “The monthly Windows updates will continue to be cumulative with security and non-security fixes, and are focused on keeping our customers protected and productive by prioritizing security fixes.”

As a quick reminder, Microsoft changed the optional update rollout process with the release of Windows 10 v1903. This means that Windows 10 systems no longer automatically download “optional, non-security, C/D Week” patches. In addition, the Check for updates button doesn’t install them either.

In other words, Microsoft ended the Windows 10 update chaos at least for optional updates. Now users need to click on the specific update to install the patch. Since now Microsoft employees are working from home, the company probably wants to concentrate on the essential fixes rather than optional.

Windows 10 v2004 ETA

For those who are concerned about the timeframe, Microsoft is yet to speak on this matter. However, we assume that the reversal of this decision entirely depends on the coronavirus situation. Perhaps Microsoft would be in a better position to answer this question with in the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, the future of Windows 10 version 2004 is still uncertain. It remains to be seen if the company begins the rollout process as a part of Patch Tuesday Updates releasing next month.

Do you think that Microsoft plans to postpone the upcoming feature update? Sound off in the comments section below.

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Alex Schoff


Alex is a technology reporter with a particular interest in Microsoft and Windows. He keeps a close eye on major developments related to Windows 10, Google Chrome, Office 365, and more.
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