Microsoft has finally begun to roll out the Windows 10 May 2019 Update for users all over the world. As is the case with every major release, the Windows 10 Version 1903 first made its way to those part of the Insider Program and is now being sent out to all users. With the new OS version, Microsoft promises to change the way future updates are pushed out by offering more control over them to the users. Other new features include a new Windows health dashboard, Windows Sandbox, better Kaomoji support, and separation of Cortana from Windows search.
Microsoft released a blog post yesterday to provide clear instructions on how users can download the new Windows update. Users will have to manually make their way to the Windows Update panel and click on “Check for updates” to see if the update is available for them. If the update shows up, the user will need to click on the “Download and install now” option to get started.
Older Windows 10 Version Will Be Auto-Updated In June
Microsoft is not enforcing the new update on its users just yet and will wait for systems with older Windows version to reach the end of their lifecycle before deploying an automatic update. For those on Windows 10 Home and Pro with the April 2018 Update (version 1803), Microsoft has informed that the end of service for this OS version is 12 November 2019. Starting from June of this year, Microsoft will start pushing the new version 1903 update on these systems to maintain security and continued support.
Windows 10 May 2019 Update: What’s New?
As mentioned earlier, Windows 10 1903 was already available for testers for about a month now, so we already knew what to expect. However, we ere surprised to see Microsoft finally allow some control over its future updates. In the Windows Update page, you will now see an option to pause updates for up to 35 days. There is also the “download and install now” option which ensures updates won’t start to download automatically.
With Windows 10 version 1903, there is a new “reserved storage” feature that is designed to improve the success rate of installing feature updates on devices with low storage. For this, the OS will allocate 7GB of storage specifically for updates. This May Update also brings a feature a called Windows Sandbox that allows Pro, Enterprise and Education users to run risky software in an isolated space. This is basically, a virtual machine that is easier to set up and lets you safely test software.
With the new update, we finally have a light desktop theme option. More inbuilt apps can now be uninstalled. And Cortana has finally been separated from the Windows search and can now be accessed as a dedicated app in the taskbar. Microsoft has also launched the Windows health dashboard. This is a dedicated page where you can check the status of current known issues.