Microsoft Will Pause Non Critical Updates Starting in May

Better May than never I always say.

By Charles Levere, on March 25, 2020

Microsoft Pauses non critical updates

Microsoft posted a statement saying that in light of the current public health situation, it will be pausing non critical updates and prioritizing security updates starting in May. This tweet came on the same day as their Windows 10 optional update.

I get that they have likely already completed work on some of the optional updates but why not pause those as well? This announcement was made yesterday. The same day they pushed out an optional update. Maybe they just have more confidence in their operating system then many of its users.

We have been evaluating the public health situation, and we understand this is impacting our customers. In response to these challenges we are prioritizing our focus on security updates. Starting in May 2020, we are pausing all optional non-security releases (C and D updates) for all supported versions of Windows client and server products (Windows 10, version 1909 down through Windows Server 2008 SP2).
There is no change to the monthly security updates (B release – Update Tuesday); these will continue as planned to ensure business continuity and to keep our customers protected and productive.

–Windows Message Center March 24, 2020

Does Microsoft know something we don’t. The fact that it isn’t bothered by the current state of affairs but are planning for May when things will be much worse? I kid of course, or do I? Jokes aside it seems a little odd to me that they wouldn’t choose to at least appear more concerned for the present rather than the some what distant future.

I am rather hoping things will be improving in May not in further decline. I want to go back to the glory days ordering tech related things on Amazon. Ordering hand sanitizers and food rations isn’t nearly as exciting. Although if things get worse excitement levels could change.

Post Author: Charles Levere

Charles Levere is the editor-in-chief (dork-in-chief) of Urban Dork. When he is not writing, or tinkering with hardware, he is most likely playing one of his favorite video games. He also loves being near the water, kayaking, water skiing or anything that gets him on the water and in the sun.

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