"We will provide notification that an update is available and recommended based on our data, but it will be largely up to the user to initiate when the update occurs", Microsoft explains in a blog post. Earlier in the year, Microsoft asked users for ways to improve the bar and now it's starting to turn those suggestions into actual features, said the software giant on its Xbox Wire site. This will be a feature that's separate from the "Check for Updates" tool that's used for smaller security patches.
And there was more new information out of Redmond that includes giving users more control over the updates. The Windows 10 version 1809 feature release went terribly wrong which delayed the full rollout of the new version of Windows 10. This caused Microsoft to roll back the buggy update and re-release it in January 2019. Staring with the May 2019 Update, users of the Home version can pause feature and monthly updates for up to 35 days in seven-day increments up to five times. It will at first be released to supported and compatible versions of Windows 10 and to those who specifically opt in to the May 2019 Update by clicking on the "Download and install now" button".
Finally, the May 2019 update will spend more time in testing by Windows Insider participants.
Microsoft has been working towards making Windows 10 the most game-centric version of Windows yet, with Game Mode and Game Bar certainly being steps in the right direction.
Microsoft has announced some new features that will be coming to the Windows 10 Game Bar.
For those with the Spotify app for Windows, there will be a new Spotify widget allowing users to integrate Spotify functionality into the Game Bar.
"We will begin releasing 19H2 bits to Insiders later this spring and will talk more about what that will look like in the near future", Microsoft says.
In addition, Microsoft is tweaking its "active hours" feature, which lets users set a time range of when they use their PC.
"Microsoft will aggressively internally deploy the May 2019 Update during the Release Preview period and encourage employees to do the same on their personal devices".
This test is expected to take about a month and then be released to users in late May. By doing things this way, instead of having two updates per year forced onto your machine, you can install one every year and a half.
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