Third time lucky for Windows 10 2004? Microsoft yet again fiddles with code and adds a go-live SDK licence

Ooh... Aah... Just a little fix


Déjà vu was in the air last night as Microsoft has made yet another final tweak to the upcoming Windows 10 May 2020 Update while encouraging developers to get coding.

Windows Insider chief Brandon LeBlanc announced that Build 19041.264 was hitting the Slow and Release Preview Rings as a last few things were squeezed into the build.

Having previously insisted that build 19041.207 was the final nibble of the Windows cake, Microsoft went on to release 19041.208, replete with a Windows Mixed Reality bug that would be fixed at some point "in early May".

Since early May has been and gone, and the Windows 10 May 2020 Update remains firmly stapled to the starting blocks, that fix has been stirred into the mix. The dozen or so Windows Mixed Reality users will be delighted to learn that it deals with "severe performance problems" using "SteamVR applications", according to a post on Reddit.

The build also includes a selection of quality and security fixes including dealing with one nasty that stopped disk-cleaning tools from eliminating previously installed updates.

It does, however, look like this might really be the final update prior to general availability of the long-awaited thing. Aware that developers are keen to get their hands on the new toys within, including the much-improved Windows Subsystem for Linux 2, Microsoft has bolted a go-live licence onto the OS's SDK and urged developers to hop into the Release Preview Ring to get cracking.

There is no word from Microsoft on when the Windows 10 2004/20H1/May 2020 Update will be released to the public and the company has certainly been in no rush to push it out the door. It had been expected to put in an appearance on Patch Tuesday (12 May) but now seems more likely to start its cautious rollout towards the end of the month. The company's Build event takes place next week.

After all, it would never do to unleash the Windows 10 May 2020 Update in June now, would it? ®

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