Microsoft Begins Forcing the Windows 10 May 2019 Update

Windows 10 users who are still running last year’s April 2018 Update (1803) are being forced to move on, as Microsoft has begun the process of automatically installing the recent May 2019 Update (1903) on outdated systems. While 1803 doesn’t reach end of service until November 12, 2019, Microsoft wanted to get a head start to ensure a smoother transition.

Microsoft doesn’t think users should be given a choice due to security concerns. “Keeping these devices both supported and receiving monthly updates is critical to device security and ecosystem health.”

According to Windows app analytics vendor AdDuplex, a majority of measured Windows 10 devices – 58% of the total – was running 1803 on June 26. AdDuplex has tracked the abnormally high percentage of Windows 10 users running 1803 for months; as early as April, Computerworld concluded that Microsoft had given up on forcibly deploying its successor, 1809, and had decided to skip that problematic upgrade to move 1803 users straight to 1903.


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