Also called version 1909, the latest update is a small one, doesn’t give us any crazy features and, even better, doesn’t break too much.
Since Windows 10 was first released, Microsoft has pushed out a major update every six months, many of them bringing tons of new features that really weren’t ready to be released. Those updates bring about major changes to the operating system and a lot of them are simply incompatible with our device drivers and other software. And that’s not to mention the updates that mess around with our settings.
Windows 10 version 1909, by contrast, is marvelous. It is small, quick to install, and it changes very little. Yes, there are a couple of visual changes but nothing major. So, why is this one so different from all the others?
Because Microsoft has finally slowed down. Rather than pushing hundreds of new features at us, after a couple of months testing with Windows Insiders, they focused their attention on fixing bugs and making improvements to performance instead. Instead of being a full-on update, November’s update is basically May 2019s update but with a whole lot more polish.
According to Microsoft’s John Cable, this update is far less disruptive.
We haven’t seen the last of the major updates though. The 20H update is set for release sometime in the first half of 2020, now know as Windows 10 2004. That will bring some very big changes and loads of new features and, although it isn’t set for release until the Spring, we might well see it earlier – unless Microsoft learns from this update and spends more time polishing it before release.
Microsoft has said that the smaller update is part of a pilot program and there is every possibility we could see one major and one smaller update every year in the future. At the end of the day, we’d all rather have updates that are fully tested and I’m sure we’re all willing to wait for those shiny features Microsoft seems to think we all want.
And, personally, I would rather see Microsoft get rid of some of the daft, pointless Windows 10 features before they add more new ones.
What about you?