Microsoft has decided to halt its entire optional non-security releases for supported versions of Windows client and server products (Windows 10, version 1909 down through Windows Server 2008 SP2). Moreover, IT professionals and Microsoft developers are worried about widespread Covid-19. It would allow Microsoft to focus the security updates. So, the company has decided to suspend C and D updates. These updates are usually released during the 3rd (for C) and 4th (for D) week of each month. These include non-security improvements and fixes. But the changes don’t go into effect until May 2020. So, you could experience a few last optional non-security releases during the next month.
It is noteworthy that the company will release its monthly security updates (B) as planned on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. The company will also delay the scheduled end of service date for the Enterprise, Education and Enterprise editions of Windows 10 from 14th April to 13th October 2020. Microsoft said, “We have been evaluating the public health situation, and we understand this is impacting our customers. In response to these challenges we are prioritizing our focus on security updates”. The latest Windows 10 (version 1909) and Windows 10 (version 1903) optional cumulative update for March are now available.
Microsoft disclosed that hackers are actively exploiting, but people are already waiting for updates to fix 2 critical zero-day vulnerabilities. The company is also making some temporary changing to its Office 365 services to keep up with the increased demand. Microsoft wants to introduce a bug or flaw with its users and employees working from home following the coronavirus epidemic. Point to be noted that Google is also initiating a similar approach and announced pausing Chrome updates to limit issues. The chrome release schedule will entirely skip the M82 version. There are many tech companies and IT-related firms operating with remotely working employees, since the Covid-19 outburst.