Windows 10 May 2020 Update has been cleared for broad deployment, meaning it will now be offered to all users widely.
In other words, the upgrade floodgates have been fully opened, whereas before with the May 2020 Update, the various bugs and glitches present prevented Microsoft from making it available to allcomers (it was only pushed to certain PCs).
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In an upgrade to the status of the May 2020 Update, as spotted by MS Power User, Microsoft said: “Windows 10, version 2004 [May 2020 Update] is designated for broad deployment. The recommended servicing status is Semi-Annual Channel.”
As we’ve seen in recent times, Microsoft has been working away to resolve the various issues around the May 2020 Update, but giving it full clearance has taken some time. Remember that the upgrade came out in May 2020 (unsurprisingly), late in the month; so it has taken some nine months to give the big thumbs-up to the update.
That said, a good chunk of folks are already using the May 2020 Update, and as we’ve seen from the most recent figures from AdDuplex, it’s the version of Windows 10 that most people are on. 39.8% of users, in fact, are using it, comfortably ahead of the November 2019 Update on 31.2%, and the most recent October 2020 Update on 16.8%. There are still 6.6% of users on the May 2019 Update, as of the end of January 2021 (although remember this is just going by one set of statistics).
While Microsoft is happy that the May 2020 Update is now fully ready for all users, then are still a couple of known issues that remain around audio drivers, as you’ll see in the status update provided.
So there may still be a few machines with a compatibility block due to that, although Microsoft has provided a workaround for those Conexant audio driver problems, and said that it is “adjusting this safeguard to allow certain devices with the affected driver to update to Windows 10, version 2004 [May 2020 Update] or Windows 10, version 20H2 [October 2020 Update].”
The October 2020 Update is only an enablement package, meaning it’s a minor upgrade from the May 2020 Update, so once you’re on the latter, it’s effectively just a short step onwards. And for that matter, the incoming first update of 2021 is expected to be a similar matter of flicking an enablement switch, as well. In that respect, the May 2020 Update will remain essentially as good as the latest version of Windows 10, but for some minor changes.
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