Windows 10 October 2018 Update will have a slower rollout to “more carefully study device health data”

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Microsoft has used this month’s Patch Tuesday to re-release the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, ending a long period of silence since the company had to pause the rollout in October. John Cable, Director of Program Management, Windows Servicing and Delivery penned a new blog post today to explain that even though the company fixed the data loss issues in the October 2018 update, the major release will roll out gradually at a slower pace compared to previous Windows 10 versions.

“While the April Update had the fastest Windows 10 update rollout velocity, we are taking a more measured approach with the October Update, slowing our rollout to more carefully study device health data,” explained Cable. If Microsoft will still allow “seekers” to get the October 2018 update by checking Windows Update manually, it looks like this method won’t push the update to all users. “For those advanced users seeking to install the update early by manually using “Check for updates” in settings, know that we are slowly throttling up this availability, while we carefully monitor data and feedback,” said Cable.

It’s nice to see the company promising to be more careful about this rollout, but we’re still confused about why the company released the October 2018 update so early in the first place, entirely skipping testing with Release Preview Insiders along the way. Now that Cable finally spoke up, the company probably wants to forget this sad episode as soon as possible. Thankfully, the upcoming “19H1” update will help to do just that.