Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 update amid COVID-19 lockdown

Microsoft is rolling out an update to fix productivity issues aimed for those working remotely because of the lockdown. Windows 10 version 1809 is also getting extended support because of the pandemic.

Microsoft said that the updates are only optional and are not security patches. The update contains 30 fixes for various bugs and will be rolled out for Windows 10 versions 1909 and 1903.

These updates were released to remedy issues that might come up and affect productivity. The recent lockdown brought by the COVID-19 virus has seen a surge of people working remotely at home. The updates will make sure that their machines will run seamlessly.

Crushing some bugs

The update fixed a bug that causes some apps to stop working after upgrading Windows. A similar issue about users not being able to resume Xbox games after an upgrade was addressed.

Another bug that automatically turns off Windows 10 notifications when running VPN on a cellular data was fixed. The issue about users receiving unexpected notifications when they make changes on their default application settings were also fixed.

Microsoft also confirmed that the bug that caused the Windows Update application to crash when checking for updates was fixed. This is a particularly major issue and was brought up by many users a couple of weeks ago.

In terms of productivity issues, Microsoft said that it has also fixed the bug which causes printers to omit content that is outside the margins of a document. The bug that causes textboxes to suddenly stop working was also addressed.

The entire changelog of the update KB4550945 can be accessed is posted on Microsoft’s website. The update will bring Windows 10 version 1903 up to build 18362.815, and version 1909 to build 18363.815.

Windows 10 version 1809 update

Given the COVID-19 lockdown, Microsoft decided to extend its support to Windows 10 version 1809. The tech giant originally planned to cease support to this version on May 12 but decided to extend it.

Microsoft confirmed this extension last week. The company said that it will extend its support for all version 1809 including Home, Pro, Pro Education, Pro for Workstation, and IoT Core. The support was extended until Nov. 10, 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic also triggered Microsoft to change its update frequency. Normally, the company released Patch Tuesday updates every second Tuesday of the month and calls it ‘B’ release.

Optional non-security updates are labeled C and D, and they are usually rolled out during the third and fourth week of the month. Because of the pandemic, Microsoft announced that it will not roll out non-security releases starting May.

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