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Microsoft changes schedule of Windows 11, Windows 10 monthly optional feature updates

Microsoft has announced a shift in how often it will release Windows 11 and Windows 10 optional non-security updates. The third week of the month will no longer be the time when optional updates, which can include new features and major improvements, are made available to users. This change will take effect in April 2023.

Microsoft recommends that users update to the latest version of Windows 10 or Windows 11 with the latest features and bug fixes (non-security changes) during the fourth week of each month.

According to the new schedule, voluntary updates will become available two weeks after the monthly security patches and two weeks before they become part of the next mandatory update. Feature updates, quality updates, and Moments/Continuous Innovation are all terms that help us make sense of the transformations that have taken place.

Microsoft refers to its monthly updates as “quality updates,” differentiating them from the once-yearly Windows 22H2 Update and other large “feature updates.”

Microsoft’s Senior Director of Communications for Windows and Devices, Chris Morrissey, said the move would make patching Windows systems easier for everyone.

Microsoft previously coined the terms “B,” “C,” and “D” to describe these monthly updates, with the letters standing for the first, second, and third releases of the month.

Morrissey elaborated, “the term “optional non-security preview release” now replaces what we used to call either a ‘C’ or a ‘D’ release to align with the current process.” Windows Updates should become less complicated as a result of this change.

According to Microsoft, users can download and install preview versions of Windows 10 that aren’t related to security by going to Settings > Windows Update > Advanced options > Optional updates.

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