Microsoft announces the suspension of all optional Windows updates from next May for an indefinite period. However, the firm will continue to deliver monthly security updates.
Containment measures cripple a large part of the economy, including in sectors that may use telework. Microsoft is no exception to the rule, the company must pause certain projects and prioritize vital activities for the company and its customers. On its site, Microsoft announces the suspension of all Windows updates except those relating to security.
As of May 2020, Microsoft will no longer be releasing optional updates (Type C and D) for all versions of Windows, including Server versions. The firm will nevertheless continue to deliver its monthly security update on the second Tuesday of each month for individuals and businesses.
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 to prioritize security and keep customers protected and productive. More information here: https://t.co/G5NcWtIiEQ.
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This could be a good decision since recent Windows updates have often been accompanied by critical problems. In the current situation, jeopardizing the stability of the OS is certainly the last thing to do by Microsoft for its customers. One wonders, however, why the firm did not choose to implement its new measures in April.
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).
Microsoft extends support for Windows 10 version 1709
Microsoft is also responding to the concerns of its customers who are still using version 1709 of the Enterprise, Education and IoT Enterprise editions of Windows 10. They fear that they will not be able to migrate by April 14, when these products will no longer be updated. The firm therefore decided to extend the support until October 13 to give them more time, and save them a work overload while they are forced to work remotely.