MICROSOFT HAS CONFIRMED that the next bi-annual update of Windows 10 will be called the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, and will be available in, well, May, funnily enough.
The Windows-as-a-Service (WaaS) update formerly known as 19H1 will be released to testing communities next week ahead of a full rollout in about six week's time.
The biggest change in the update is how WaaS is handled, and for once, it actually gives control to the user. For the first time, you'll be able to decide when bi-annual updates are installed, and if you decide not to, simply stay on the existing build and receive security updates.
For those who still want in, you'll be able to defer all updates for up to 35 days, plus it will no longer nag you to complete an install while you're actually using the machine.
Let's be clear though - the nagging will continue, but there'll be less, and the control element is most definitely yours.
You'll also be able to view a dashboard that shows any problems with updates, allowing you to check if you are experiencing known borkage or are a pioneer of Microsoft's buggery.
All that said, there's not a huge amount to write home about with this latest update. The Cortana/Windows conscious uncoupling will appear, the Sandbox will be active, there's a new desktop theme (woo) and support for Kaomoji.
We'll also start to see the migration to the Chromium version of Edge in this build, though it's not clear if there will be a Preview available at launch.
We would usually have expected to see this update a little sooner, but following the problems with the disastrous Build 1809 (October 2018 Update), the bi-annual schedule has slipped, and Microsoft won't want to skimp on testing. If this one goes wrong, it could completely destroy the remaining credibility of WaaS.
So keep your powder dry - there's a longer testing period this time, and rightly so, as Microsoft needs to ensure it'll be worth the wait. μ
'Some of us like the misery'
That'll surely affect its credit score