Microsoft has indicated that it is suspending the rollout of optional Windows 10 preview updates in December. This is due to “minimal operations” at its headquarters in Redmond. Microsoft offers several updates each month, but suspends this process.
Microsoft has confirmed that it will prioritize security updates in December 2020. When engineers are out of work due to the holiday season.
While optional preview updates, which are released in the third and fourth week of each month, will be suspended. Security updates will continue as normal. These optional updates are also referred to as “C” and “D” versions.
Microsoft suspends Windows 10 updates
Microsoft has decided to stop optional updates, but only for a period of time until the end of the holiday season. The announcement was made quietly in an update to the support document. In this, the Redmond giant noted that no new optional version will be released for a month.
“Due to minimal operations over the holidays and the upcoming Western New Year, there will be no drafts for December 2020. Monthly maintenance will resume with the January 2021 security releases,” Microsoft said.
Windows 10 updates have recently received a lot of criticism for bugs and crashes. Over the past few months, users have reported temporary profile errors, blue screen of death (BSOD) errors, update installation issues, and other issues.
Some of these issues have been reported by insiders and fixed by the tech giant, but a few flaws have been found in production versions of Windows 10.
By discontinuing other updates, Microsoft will have enough staff to ensure the stability of security updates and timely updates. During the holiday season, it’s even more important that Windows updates work properly.
Microsoft has confirmed that the rollout of optional updates will resume in January when engineers return to work.
The Windows Insider team will likely take some time to enjoy the holiday season as well. This means that you shouldn’t expect new preview releases in December.
Recent updates to Windows 10 Technical Preview have also focused on bug fixes and improvements before the next major feature update enters the test channels. It is unlikely that any cool features will be added to Insider releases until the second week of January 2021, at the earliest.