Since Microsoft switched to biannual feature updates with the launch of Windows 10, excitement has always grown as we approach May and November.
Last month was no different, despite the May update being considered modest by usual standards. New versions of Cortana and Power Toys were welcome additions, but expected improvements to the stability of the operating system made it seem like a worthwhile update for all users.
Indeed, ahead of launch I wrote an article explaining
why you should get the Windows 10 May update. Unfortunately, it turns out the new software has done more harm than good for many who have made the switch.
There’s no doubt Microsoft faced a huge challenge to get the update ready for all 1 billion+ Windows 10 devices, but gradually throttling up availability was aimed at managing the demand.
It hasn’t been able to stop a slew of issues affecting users though, leaving many regretting their decision to update their device. With so many currently relying on Windows 10 PCs and laptops, it could prove to be hugely damaging to people’s ability to work and communicate from home.
The official support page lists nine
issues that are currently being investigated, although more have been reported generally.
Tom’s Guide lists printer, tablet mode and storage issues among the most prominent.
The first Patch Tuesday (the informal name for Microsoft’s monthly Windows 10 security updates) has come and gone, but many bugs still persist. The update is still not available for some devices, although that has turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
Interestingly, Microsoft is thought to have put back the update’s general availability to 27 May after bugs were discovered by Windows Insiders testing the software. Perhaps Microsoft felt under pressure to release the update in the month after which it was named, as it’s since become clear there were problems that needed ironing out.
The Windows 10 May update can still be of great value to users, but it’s probably worth holding off until stability has significantly improved.