As of today, mainstream consumer and business users who want to manually download and install the May feature update may do so
. The May 2019 Update/1903 is available on WSUS, Windows Update for Business as of today
. Users who aren't already on Windows 10 1809 (either because they weren't "offered" it or didn't proactively grab it) will be able to just skip over 1809 and go straight to 1903, since Windows 10 feature updates are cumulative.
There are a quite a number of new features in the May 2019 Update/1903
. Microsoft is providing users -- including Home users -- with more control over how and when Windows 10 feature updates will install with this release.
Microsoft is adding the ability for Home users to pause updates for up to 35 days. And thanks to a new "download and install now" option
, users won't automatically be pushed to do a feature update just by the virtue of "seeking." Starting with the May Update/1903 Update, Microsoft has added a new "download and install now" option to Windows 10 1803 and 1809 as well. If a user never selects the "download and install now" option, s/he will be able to delay deploying a Windows 10 feature update almost right up to the time that support for it expires. (We don't know exactly how many days before the support period ends that users will be pushed to upgrade.)
This feature update also includes a new "reserved storage" feature
that is meant to improve the success rate of installation of feature updates on machines with limited storage by allocating about 7 GB of storage specifically for updates. The May Update includes a feature called Windows Sandbox
, which allows Pro, Enterprise and Education users to run potentially risky software in isolation. The May Update adds a new light desktop theme option, the ability to uninstall more built-in apps and a simpler default Start menu on new accounts/PCs. It also separates Cortana from Search and introduces the new unified Search box
which Microsoft has been touting for a while now.