Windows 10 May 2019 Update begins official rollout

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What you need to know

  • The May 2019 Update has started its full rollout after months of testing with Windows Insiders.
  • Microsoft is taking a throttled approach to the rollout, but you can see if it's available for you now via Windows Update.
  • For more on the May 2019 Update, check out our full review.

Microsoft today officially launched the Windows 10 May 2019 Update for everyone. The move comes after months of testing and Microsoft's promise to put the update through a longer period of testing before release after the October 2018 Update launched with several major bugs.

"Based on positive data and the feedback we've seen from this longer preview phase; I'm pleased today to share that we are beginning to make the Windows 10 May Update available," Microsoft Director of Program Management John Cable said in a blog post announcing the update's availability. "We will be taking a measured and throttled approach, allowing us to study device health data as we increase availability via Windows Update."

Microsoft says that it is slowly making the update available for everyone via Windows Update. But those who are ready to install the latest feature update can initiate it now via Windows Update. Note that, because of the throttled approach, you may not see the May 2019 Update as available for download right away.

Today also marks the launch of Microsoft's new Windows release health dashboard, which provides an overview of each update's current rollout status, along with a list of known and mitigated issues.

Beyond the general availability of the May 2019 Update, Microsoft noted the upcoming end of service date for the April 2018 Update, which is set for November 12, 2019. Starting in June, Microsoft says it will begin updating devices still running on the April 2018 Update "to ensure we can continue to service these devices and provide the latest updates, security updates and improvements."

Windows 10 May 2019 Update review: Simple changes make Microsoft's OS run smoother

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