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Microsoft Says Windows 10 1909 Update Was First and Last of New Update Strategy

Windows 10 1909 was the last time Microsoft will send out a small update during the second half release, instead reverting to the previous model.


has recently rolled out Windows 10 1909 (November 2019 Update). This second yearly Windows 10 update fit into a new release strategy for Microsoft. Specifically, the company decided to change how it updates Windows, with the second update coming with minimal features

Windows 10 1909 fit that new strategy. As expected, it came with a focus on security and performance improvements, with few features added.

However, it seems users are unhappy with the new strategy and Microsoft is responding. In fact, the company has said it is scrapping its proposed new update schedule for Windows 10. In other words, Microsoft is going back to its usual twice-yearly updates.

Responding to negative feedback, Redmond suggests the pilot program will be removed for Insiders. Furthermore, it is not expected to return.

“There isn't a formal plan in place to deliver future releases in the same way”– Microsoft.

Microsoft had changed its Windows 10 update strategy. As we reported in June, Microsoft changed major Windows 10 updates to once-yearly events. The Fast Ring would handle major Windows 10 updates, which were moved to once annually. For several years, Microsoft has been sending out two major upgrades for the OS per year.

As for the Slow Ring, it was scheduled to be solely for testing minor updates. These would arrive in the second half of the year with bug fixes and improvements for the major release.

New Setup Experience

As we reported last week, one of the biggest changes in Windows 10 1909 was a new setup experience for Windows 10 Home and Pro.

Microsoft's new Out of the Box Experience (OOBE) for Windows 10 Home. Normally, the Setup process for the platform is split in two parts. The first is an interactive setup process that is offline for business, while the second is for customers and is a wizard for setting up Windows.

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