Mike Fortin, Windows Vice President, explains in a recent blog post how Microsoft is adding two new capabilities to Windows Updates in an attempt to give end users more control.
“While regular updates are critical to keeping modern devices secure and running smoothly in a diverse and dynamic ecosystem, we have heard clear feedback that the Windows update process itself can be disruptive, particularly that Windows users would like more control over when updates happen. Today we are excited to announce significant changes in the Windows update process, changes designed to improve the experience, put the user in more control, and improve the quality of Windows updates.”Mike Fortin, Corporate Vice President
What Are the New Windows Update Features?
- Download and Install Now Option: This provides an option for users to check for and install a “feature update”. This is like the modern service pack, and is more like an in-place upgrade than a regular “update”. This differs from the existing “check for updates” button, which only checks for monthly quality and security updates.
- Longer Pausing of Updates: Microsoft is giving users the ability to pause updates for up to 35 days (seven days at a time, up to five times).
- Intelligent Active Hours: This option allows Windows to adjust active hours based on their device-specific usage patterns.
- Improved Update Orchestration: In an attempt to increase system responsiveness, this improvement is designed to intelligently coordinate updates for when users are away from their devices to minimize disruptions.
When Will It Be Available?
Microsoft plans on rolling out these updates in late May 2019. Users in the Windows Insider Program can take advantage of these updates sooner.