Microsoft is changing the release schedule of Windows update previews. So far, Windows update previews have been optional updates that Microsoft releases every month for Windows 11/Windows 10 insiders who want to test new features and fixes before they are rolled out to everyone. These updates are usually released in the third or fourth week of each month after the mandatory security updates.
However, starting March 2023, Microsoft is changing this schedule and will release Windows update previews only in the second week of each month. This means there will be only one optional update per month instead of two or three as before.
Why is Microsoft making this change?
According to their official blog post, this change is intended to simplify the update experience for Windows 11 users and reduce confusion about which updates are available and when.
Microsoft also says that this change will allow them to focus more on the quality and reliability of updates and align with the feedback cycle of Windows Insiders, who test these updates before they are released.
What does this mean for you as a Windows 11 user?
If you like to install optional updates regularly and get timely access to new features and fixes, you may have to wait longer between updates. On the other hand, if you are someone who prefers to stick with the mandatory security updates only and avoid potential issues with optional updates, you may have fewer updates to skip or uninstall.
Another thing that you should know is that Microsoft is testing a new option in Windows 11 settings that will allow you to install preview updates automatically.
This option is available only for some users in the Dev Channel of the Windows Insider Program, but it may become available for everyone. If you enable this option, your PC will automatically download and install preview updates when they are available without asking for your confirmation.
This can be useful if you want to stay updated with the latest features and fixes without manually checking for updates.
Keep in mind that preview updates are still experimental and may contain bugs or compatibility issues that could affect your PC performance or stability. If you encounter any preview updates problems, you can uninstall them again.
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