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Microsoft looking to make big changes to Windows 10 updates after May 2020 patch fiasco

Microsoft are rumoured to be looking to shake-up how they rollout Windows 10 patches (Image: MICROSOFT)

Microsoft are rumoured to be prepping some big changes to how they rollout Windows 10 updates – which could be music to the ears’ of its millions of users. For a long time now the Redmond-based tech giant has pushed out two landmark Windows 10 updates each year. In 2020 so far we have seen one of these major patches launch, the Windows 10 May 2020 update.

But this patch has been beset with issues, with Windows 10 users reporting a large swathe of problems with the download.

From unintended knock-on effects with Google Chrome, to problems with USB printers to internet connectivity issues and compatibility troubles.

It has been a bumpy ride for the Windows 10 May 2020 update, so much so that Microsoft ended up pausing the patch’s rollout for a large number of users.

Eventually a wide range of issues were fixed with the May 2020 update in August, but not after considerable hassle for Windows 10 users around the world.

And in the aftermath of this fiasco it’s emerged that Microsoft could be switching from two big updates each year to just one.

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According to a post by Windows 10, Microsoft are looking to shake-up their Windows 10 update schedule following the release of the fall patch this year.

It had been thought that following this release another big Windows 10 update would be arriving in the first half of 2021.

But this release has been delayed due to Windows 10X, a new edition of Windows 10 designed for dual-screen devices, also getting help up.

This new version of Windows 10 is now due to release around April or May time next year, while the launch of Windows 10’s April or May 2021 update has been delayed.

And sources have told Windows Latest that Microsoft may opt to switch to a single, annual release schedule for their tentpole Windows 10 updates from next year.

Windows Latest said: “The current one major, one minor upgrade release cadence is not the template for 2021 and beyond.

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Windows 10 users may only be getting one big update each year from 2021 (Image: MICROSOFT)

“This is still one-off and Microsoft may not invest this kind of time – and these resources – creating two updates for Windows 10 and one new modular operating system at the same time.”

Hopefully this rumoured new release schedule could have big benefits to Windows 10 users who have grown accustomed to patches launching with plenty of issues.

By turning to an annual release schedule for their landmark Windows 10 updates, it would give Microsoft more time to work on the patches and iron out and issues.

Which, in theory, should lead to Windows 10 updates released that have far few issues available at day one.

This all remains to be seen, and we’ll have to wait to find out if Microsoft does end up changing their Windows 10 patch release schedule for 2021.

But hopefully these latest rumours are a sign of a brighter future where Windows 10 launches such as the May 2020 patch release are a thing of the past.

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