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May 2019 Update cautiously nibbles the toes of its predecessors

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Microsoft's Windows nightmare looks to be coming to an end as usage figures for The Update of The Damned began to tail off last month.

According to ad-flingers, AdDuplex, usage of the Windows 10 May 2019 Update (1903) increased from an introductory 1.4 per cent in May to 6.3 per cent in June, at the expense of the October 2018 Update (1809), which dropped from a high of 31.3 per cent to 30 per cent and a more than 3 per cent fall to 58 per cent for the April 2018 Update (1803.)

After the hubris-driven fiasco of the delete-happy 1809 update of Windows 10, Microsoft is taking a far more cautious approach with its latest take on the venerable operating system. Compared to the hysterical rate at which 1803 was flung at desktops, hitting 78.1 per cent of desktops by this time last year, things are a good deal more sober this time around.

With Microsoft beginning to offer a 1903 update to 1803 users as the end of the support approaches (there'll be no more service for Home, Pro and Workstation users in November), the usage figure will continue to creep upwards, just not at the, in retrospect, foolhardy rate of the past.

There is, however, a downside to Microsoft's more cautious approach. With the company still sticking to its six monthly release cycle but clearly not driving users onto new versions of the OS as it once did, developers need to consider more active versions of Windows 10 when building applications.

Unless, of course, Microsoft admits defeat and drops the whole six month cycle in favour of, perhaps, just a bunch of service packs rolled up into one monster patch.

Remind us where 19H2 has got to again? ®


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