Windows 10 Game Bar Is Getting Spotify, Memes and More

Windows 10 May 2019 Update announced, and major update changes

Windows 10 May 2019 Update announced, and major update changes

Microsoft will still force an install of a major feature update for Windows 10 if your current version will soon be reaching end-of-support status.

Feature updates, on the other hand, can be ignored until the Windows 10 installation in question hits end of service.

The hour-long Windows 10 Update will be kept to a halt after using this feature, but security patches will be installed from time to time for safety concerns. This gets the company closer to the finalized release of Windows 10 version 1903.

When the "release preview" phase is over and Microsoft starts to roll out to ordinary Windows 10 users, it will be less pushy than usual.

As we have previously reported, Microsoft will continue to leverage machine learning and work closely with ecosystem partners to smooth the update process.

The new update brings users the option to install hour-long updates when they want and even pause them entirely for 35 days. Meanwhile, the May 2019 Update is expected to spend a month with Release Preview testers before beginning its public rollout. This new "download and install" option will also be available for our most popular versions of Windows 10, versions 1803 and 1809, by late May.

Mike Fortin, Corporate Vice President Windows, explains that Microsoft wants "to be confident in the quality of the May 2019 Update" and that the decision was made to extend the time the update will be tested before release.

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Windows 10 is an eternal BETA moving target with more WDDM updates applied than the entire previous generation of Windows OSs combined.

Microsoft is making it easier to control music through a new Spotify widget within the Game bar on Windows 10.

Well, Microsoft has announced they're improving Windows Game Bar with new features like Spotify, Xbox Live friends integration, and yes, the ability to quickly turn your screenshots into memes. By default, this is set at 8 am to 5 pm.

Active Hours, a feature created to block automatic restarts by Windows Update may adjust the time range based on device usage patterns. It doesn't look like that's going to change, so giving users more control over how and when they're doled out is important.

This update will be released to Windows Insiders on the Release Preview ring starting next week.

While I would like to have seen a reduction to one feature update per year instead of two, the changes are a step in the right direction.

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