What you need to know
- Microsoft will pause optional Windows 10 updates in May.
- The move is to prioritize security for Windows 10 devices.
- Security Patch Tuesday updates are unaffected by the move.
Microsoft announced that it will pause optional Windows 10 updates starting in May. The move is to prioritize security updates during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. While optional non-security updates will be paused, security updates will continue as normal.
Microsoft shared the news on Twitter and linked to a doc with more information (opens in new tab). Microsoft explains in the doc why optional non-security updates, known as C and D releases, will be paused:
Microsoft has had several issues with updates lately, causing a myriad of bugs. Some of those issues have been minor, but some major flaws managed to make their way into publicly released Windows 10 Updates. During the coronavirus outbreak, it's even more important that security updates go smoothly. By pausing other updates, Microsoft should be able to spend more time and resources to ensure security update stability.
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I think it's less about bugs and more about bandwidth. Microsoft Azure/Teams is exploding in traffic and having service problems with everyone working from home so instead of compounding bandwidth problems, they're going to do the smart thing and only release security patches... Ironically, security patches often have the highest risk of being consumer impacting so it kind of goes against the assumption they're doing this because they messed up before.
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