A new Windows 10 update used to be a cause for excitement. Lately, they have been force-fed to us through gritted teeth. Following a string of borked updates and equally borked patches, the once infallible OS has taken a serious dent to its reputation. But hopefully the next update - version 1909 - will be return to form. Here's what we know.
For those with very short memories, Windows 10's September update - designed to remedy a crippling bug in the previous update - ended up causing more problems than it fixed. Microsoft was forced to hastily release two security updates in a bid to fix the damage. It was a messy situation - and eerily reminiscent of the infamous 1809 Update debacle from 2018.
Last week, Microsoft quietly re-released the Windows 10 1809 Update to Insider users after an alarming file-deleting bug forced a global halt to the rollout. Unfortunately, the latest 'fixed' version is still plagued with data loss issues and users are pissed off. Oh, Microsoft.
Needless to say, Microsoft is in sore need of a perfect, bug-free update right now. Assuming all goes according to plan, what can users expect?
What's new in the Windows 10 October 2019 Update?
As reported by Windows Latest, the next big update for Windows 10 is expected to land in early October. Code named '19H2′, it will be a substantially smaller update compared to last month's, with an emphasis on performance and reliability over cool new features.
Notable tweaks and improvements include an expanded Start menu when you hover your mouse over it, an updated Lock screen with digital assistant integration, the ability to create Calendar events directly from the Taskbar, a more user-friendly Action Center, more control over notifications and a higher level of power efficiency for laptop batteries. Machines with newer Intel chips should also receive a slight boost to performance.
When can I get the Windows 10 October 2019 Update?
The update has already been pushed out to select Windows Insiders members on the Release Preview Ring. According to Windows Latest, we may see a public rollout on October 3 to coincide with the launch of Microsoft's new Surface laptop range. Once made public, it will install automatically just like a regular patch.
Will it be another clusterf*ck?
For Microsoft's sake, let's hope not. It's imperative that the next Windows 10 update is smooth and painless for users. Another string of OS-related snafus does not bear thinking about. So, uh, no pressure, guys.
Microsoft is having a field day with Windows 10 and by field day, I mean a catastrophe. Subsequent cooked updates have broken and undone previous patches, but a new update is here to hopefully put us at peace once and for all.
[Via Windows Latest]