Citing the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Microsoft is putting non-security updates on pause for all Windows 10 and Windows Server users.
On March 10, Microsoft corporate vice-president, Yusuf Mehdi, proudly announced that more than a billion people were now using Windows 10. That was, it must be said, quite a landmark moment. Now this feels like another: citing the public health situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Microsoft has confirmed it will pause the release of all optional cumulative updates from May 2020. This follows the lead of Google, which has already paused all Chrome releases until further notice and, indeed, Microsoft Edge, which has done the same.
In the video, new windows 10 design is indicated by the “Personalized for you” and “Designed for a new era” texts. The Start Menu will be having Teams, Word and Microsoft PowerPoint. In the new design a more circular shape of icons will be there instead of their current square design. The new icons will be aligned in line with the ones that were announced in last month by Microsoft. In the new update with the new icons the blue background for the tiles will turn darker in the Start Menu.
In a March 24th announcement, Microsoft said it had been evaluating the public health situation, and we understand this is impacting our customers. The challenges that users of all supported versions of Windows 10 and Windows Server are facing have led Microsoft to respond by “pausing all optional non-security releases,” with effect from May 2020. These are the cumulative updates to Windows that arrive in the second and third weeks of the month, after the big Patch Tuesday mandatory security updates have been released. Importantly, while these cumulative updates don’t impact upon the security of your Windows 10 installation, they do contain bug fixes that could be causing problems in day to day use.
Microsoft said that there would be no change to the monthly security updates, which will continue as planned to ensure business continuity and to keep our customers protected and productive.
So, what does all of this actually mean? Essentially what Microsoft is doing here is prioritizing its resources by ensuring that security fixes come first, and that’s both understandable and welcome. There will be no change to the process of issuing out-of-band emergency updates, such as was the case with the SMBGhost vulnerability earlier this month. Of course, how Microsoft arrives at the decision of what should get an emergency update is debatable. There’s a critical vulnerability impacting Windows 10 users that is currently being exploited in the wild, and there’s no fix available nor does it look likely there will be one before the next Patch Tuesday.
Although the software bugs that are usually fixed in the cumulative updates, known as “C” and “D” updates in internal Microsoft parlance, usually get rolled into the next mandatory Patch Tuesday run, it does mean that there will be delays in sorting out those annoying Windows bugs for the time being.