Development of Windows 10 is a continuous process and it
receives features updates on an approximately six-month
cadence. The feature updates bring significant improvements,
user-facing changes, and as well as security
improvements to enterprise features.
The Windows 10 May 2020 Update is the latest iteration of
Windows 10. The update is informally or internally known as
Windows 10 20H1 and it has reached its final build of the
The May 2020 Update build is available for the members of the
“Release Preview” Ring and Slow Ring of the Insider program, a
Windows beta testing program. Microsoft isn’t saying when the
Windows 10 May 2020 Update will roll out to the consumers and
enterprises, but we’re hearing that the update could be
launched in the second or third week of May.
Like its predecessor, the feature update is likely to roll out
on a Tuesday and the release date could be 14th or 21st of May.
Microsoft says it will keep publishing new bug fixes until
While the update would become available in May, it could take
some time to arrive on your PC due to the phased nature of the
rollout. If you can’t wait to receive it, then there are
various available to you. For example, you can use the Media
Creation Tool, ISO files, or the Insider program to install the
If you want to install the May 2020 Update right now via the
Insider program, make sure to take a backup of files stored in
the system drive, unplug and remove your external drives or
memory cards, and download the necessary drivers if available.
You should also expect new cumulative updates for Windows 10
version 2004 in the Release Preview Ring as Microsoft is still
hoping to fine-tune the experience before the green signal for
production devices is given.
Remember, Microsoft has kept the May 2020 Update largely
unchanged for months and the preview builds are very stable.
Windows 10 version 2004 isn’t a small update like the November
2019 Update, but neither is it an update with dramatic changes.
There are useful little improvements all over the OS including
DirectX 12 Ultimate with improved raytracing support.
You’ll also notice
improved multiple monitor support, video output
enhancements and better gaming performance if you have
dedicated hardware and game support for that.
Some of the
biggest changes are improvements to Cortana, Windows Search
and Windows Subsystem for Linux. The Your Phone app is also
getting better in this release.
After May 2020 Update is released, Microsoft will begin testing
Windows 10 20H2 (a minor cumulative update-like release) with
testers in the Release Preview Ring.