Microsoft has released yet another cumulative update for the shipping versions of Windows 10. It’s the third such update this month.
As I surmised earlier, I’m going to guess that this sudden explosion of cumulative updates is somehow tied to the pending release of the Windows 10 Creators Update, which is a major OS upgrade. The timing is just too obvious.
As with the previous two updates this month—the Patch Tuesday update from March 14 that was so humongous because Microsoft skipped February’s Patch Tuesday and the second update from three days ago—this new update is indeed a cumulative update, meaning it essentially replaces, and includes, all previous cumulative updates.
But I find the note on the Windows 10 update history page to be somewhat interesting, if not somewhat 14393.969.
“Windows 10 is a service,” the note claims. No. It isn’t.
“[This] means it gets better through periodic software updates.” That much is certainly true.
Where the previous cumulative update incremented the Windows 10 version 1607 build number to 14393.969, this new cumulative update pushes it ever so slightly further, to 14393.970. It includes the following fixes:
So as with that previous update, it’s unclear why either of these is so serious that they required an out-of-band update like this. I’m not running version 1607 on the PC I’m using on the road, so I’m not sure if this one requires a reboot. Hopefully not.
<p>Don't understand the value of these rapid releases. Negative impact on MS's bottom line if they just waited to release it all at the end of the month? Nothing.</p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#92828">In reply to skane2600:</a></em></blockquote><p>So do those who marked me down actually believe that MS bottom line would suffer if they collected all updates into a single release? </p>
<blockquote><em><a href="#92970">In reply to Narg:</a></em></blockquote><p>Seriously who has ever claimed Windows was dead because it wasn't updated 3 times during a single month?</p>