Microsoft will now release optional updates on last week of the month

Microsoft has announced that, starting in April 2023, non-security cumulative updates will be released during the fourth week of the month. As a reminder, these updates are intended to test fixes and innovations for next month's mandatory cumulative updates, which users will receive on the second Tuesday.

Optional cumulative updates help customers to identify issues that could affect the deployment of updates as part of Patch Tuesday in advance. They also reduce the time it takes to check for released updates.

Starting in April 2023, we now target optional non-security preview releases for the fourth week of the month. We have found this to be the optimal time for us to publish and for you to consume these updates. That's two weeks after your latest monthly security update and about two weeks before you'll see these features become part of the next mandatory cumulative update. We're excited for this improvement as it is meant to optimize the validation of payloads, improve consistency, and enhance the predictability of your testing, update, and upgrade experience.

To access optional non-security preview releases, open the Settings app (Win + I), and go to Windows Update > Advanced options > Optional updates,. If you will find the available updates, then click Download and install.

Source: Microsoft

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

One thought on “Microsoft will now release optional updates on last week of the month”

  1. Who do they think they are fooling? They’ve been doing it this way all along! It’s just one more thing they can foul up and then claim, “It was just a test. We weren’t really going to do that.”

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