Microsoft’s Windows 10 May 2019 update has been around for 17 months, as is customary for the spring release declaration cycle, meaning its support will end in December. Specifically, it will get its last update on Tuesday, December 8. This means that it’s time for users using this version to update.
The logic of Windows 10 feature updates is that Microsoft will only update automatically if it is determined that the machine is using a version that is nearing the end of support, and in general, the automatic upgrade period will start once in about half a year. But version 1903 didn’t follow the original rules because of the popularity of COVID-19. Back in April, Microsoft announced that it would extend support for Windows 10 version 1809 until November, and then in June, users of that version of Windows began an automatic upgrade period.
Since the scrapping periods of 1809 and 1903 were only a month apart, it was thought that the automatic upgrade of 1903 users should begin in July. But they didn’t, in fact, when the Windows 10 October 2020 update was released, Microsoft said it would offer it to “seekers” in 1903 or later, meaning that anyone who manually seeks an update can get it.
Today, that changed, and Microsoft finally began automatically upgrading users on version 1903 to the newer version, but strangely, not the latest version. Microsoft chose to start upgrading version 1903 to version 1909, so this should be a quick and easy upgrade that you probably won’t notice at all.
Of course, this also means that upgraded users will get another big upgrade in a few months, because the 1909 version is not far from over, at least for consumer customers.