Microsoft starts rolling out Windows 10 May 2019 Update version 1903

Microsoft has started the official roll out of Windows 10 May 2019 Update version 1903 to all users, including businesses and home users. The update will be rolling out gradually via Windows Update. This is the 7th major update to Windows 10 and ships with a number of design and productivity updates as well as new featured like Reserved Storage and Windows Sandbox.

Windows 10 May Update 1903

Windows 10’s last major release, October 2018 Update, was perhaps one of the most forgettable updates that Microsoft released in recent times. The update caused data loss and all sorts of other issues for users. This caused Microsoft to put the update on hold and work on various fixes too. After the October 2018 Update fiasco, Microsoft put a renewed focus on quality and transparency. A new Windows release health dashboard is part of this new focus.

Features in Windows 10 May 2019 Update

Reserved Storage

One of the most important features in this new update is Reserved Storage. This feature reserves around 7GB of storage on your device for Windows Updates, allowing them to install successfully without any low storage issues.

Windows Sandbox

Another new feature is Windows Sandbox, which is an isolated instance of Windows 10, within the OS, that can be used to run apps. The sandbox can be discarded after usage and everytime you create a new instance, it’ll be like a fresh installation of Windows 10.

Design updates

Microsoft has created a new light theme for Windows 10 1903. The company has also expanded on its Fluent Design efforts and added more of them across the system.

The Settings page, as well as the Windows Update page have also received design updates that should make them easier to use.

Cortana and Search

Microsoft has finally broken Cortana and Search into two different features. You can now disable one or the other. I personally don’t use Cortana at all so it’s great that I can finally disable it and continue using search alone.

How to download Windows 10 May 2019 Update

As usual, Microsoft is implementing a gradual roll-out for version 1903. Starting today, the update will be available via Windows Update. If the update is available for you, you can click the Download and install now button. If the button is not visible for you, this might mean that the update hasn’t rolled out to your device yet as Microsoft is going to slowly release it to all users. If you can’t wait for the update to reach your laptop, desktop or tablet device, you can use the media creation tool to force download and install the update on your system. However, it is recommended that you do a complete back up of your system before doing so.