Windows 10 May 2020 Update hits Release Preview, inches closer to launch

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What you need to know

  • The Windows 10 May 2020 Update is now available in the Release Preview ring.
  • Microsoft is putting final touches on the update before its full release.
  • Microsoft says it expects this build will be the one that launches to the public.

Windows Insiders enrolled in the Release Preview ring can now get their hands on the Windows 10 May 2020 Update. Today's release puts the build number at 19041.207, which Microsoft says it believes will be the final build ahead of the update's full public release.

"We are now getting the Windows 10 May 2020 Update (20H1) ready for release and releasing Build 19041.207 to Windows Insiders in the Release Preview ring," Insider team member Brandon LeBlanc said in a blog post. "We believe that Build 19041.207 is the final build and we will continue to improve the overall experience of the May 2020 Update on customers' PCs as part of our normal servicing cadence."

Here's a look at what's included in this build:

  • This build is cumulative and includes all the fixes released to Windows Insiders in the Slow ring in Build 19041.21 through Build 19041.173.
  • We fixed an issue that causes the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service (rpcss.exe) to close unexpectedly and the device stops working. Then you must restart the device.
  • We fixed an issue that causes the Device Enrollment Status Page (ESP) on managed devices to stop responding if a policy that requires a restart is installed on the device.
  • We fixed an issue that might prevent the rear camera flash from functioning as expected on devices that have a rear camera.
  • It also includes the latest security updates to the Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows Kernel, Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Media, Windows Shell, Windows Management, Windows Cloud Infrastructure, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Authentication, Windows Virtualization, Windows Core Networking, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Windows Update Stack, and the Microsoft JET Database Engine.

The Release Preview ring acts as Microsoft's final stop before shipping new Windows updates out to everyone. While the update rolls out to Insiders on the ring, Microsoft will look for any last-minute bugs that would block the update from its public release.

The update will only make its way automatically to some Release Preview Insiders, Microsoft says. However, everyone on the Release Preview ring can manually check for the update via Windows Update.

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