Microsoft Has Declared Windows 10 1903 “Ready for Broad Deployment” – Expect Your Devices to Be Updated to May 2019 Update

Sep 27, 2019 12:01 EDT
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The Windows maker delivered a long list of fixes to its latest Windows 10 May 2019 Update last night. With the release of this cumulative update, Microsoft has announced that version 1903 is now ready for broad deployment.

The company is now installing the latest version on all eligible Windows 10 machines. As reported earlier, devices currently running the April 2018 Update, version 1803, will reach end of service on November 12, 2019. Microsoft says it will "broadly" update these devices.

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Microsoft's statement on Windows 10 1903 being ready for broad deployment 4 months after its public release

Windows 10, version 1903 (the May 2019 Update) is designated ready for broad deployment for all users via Windows Update.

As devices running the Home, Pro, and Pro for Workstation editions of Windows 10, version 1803 (the April 2018 Update) will reach end of service on November 12, 2019, we are broadly updating these devices, as well as those running earlier versions of Windows 10 that are past end of service, to keep these devices both supported and receiving monthly updates. If you are not offered the Windows 10, version 1903 feature update, please check below for known issues and safeguard holds that may affect your device.

We recommend commercial customers running earlier versions of Windows 10 begin broad deployments of Windows 10, version 1903 in their organizations.

We have seen a slew of bugs impacting Windows 10 1903 that were mostly delivered through the past few monthly cumulative updates. With last night's cumulative update, Microsoft says there's only one known issue affecting version 1903.

Some Input Method Editor (IME) may become unresponsive or may have high CPU usage. Affected IMEs include Chinese Simplified (ChsIME.EXE) and Chinese Traditional (ChtIME.EXE) with Changjie/Quick keyboard.

However, there are still several compatibility and safeguard holds in place. The complete list can be seen here. This statement on broad deployment is mostly due to the company almost ready to begin the rollout of the next version of the operating system. Microsoft cannot do that while the previous version is still plagued with bugs and not delivered to every device.

You can update your machine to Windows 10 1903 via Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Check for updates. You can also download Windows 10 1903 ISOs and clean install the latest version on your devices following these steps.

Microsoft will deliver the new version of Windows 10 in the next few weeks. Since we have stopped trusting every new W10 version, it is probably wiser to update your devices to version 1903 now to avoid having to install the upcoming version for a few months until we are sure it's free of bugs.

- Earlier: how to upgrade Windows 7 PCs to W10 the official, free way

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