Over two weeks ago, Microsoft released Windows 10 build 18875 to the Fast ring, merging Skip Ahead and Fast. Since there were many people upgrading from 19H1 at that point, it was soon discovered that there was an issue with the current cumulative update that prevented users from upgrading to 20H1. Naturally, the build was pulled for anyone that was still on build 18362.53.
Today though, there’s a new cumulative update, KB4497093, that fixes the issue. It brings the build number to 18362.86, and contains the following fixes:
This Cumulative Update includes the repair for Windows Insiders in the Fast ring who were unable to update to the latest 20H1 build from Build 18362.53.
We have made general improvements for users in Japan or use the OS in Japanese including fixes for the Japanese IME and fixes for date and time issues.
We fixed an issue where UWP VPN plugin apps might not be able to accurately send packets through a secure VPN tunnel on an IPv6 only network.
We fixed the issue causing updating to Build 18362 to fail to install with an 0x80242016 error.
Microsoft has released several patches for Windows 10 version 1903 since it was offered to the Release Preview ring. The company promises to service it while it spends a full month in the ring before releasing it to the general public late next month.
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Last year, Microsoft announced when it would be killing app updates and distribution in the Windows Store for Windows Phone 8.x and Windows 8.x. At the time, the blog post stated that Windows Phone 8.x devices would stop receiving app updates after July 1, 2019, while Windows 8.x devices would get app updates through July 1, 2023.
However, it seems as though plans have changed a little bit, as the blog post has quietly been updated earlier this month. As spotted by Nawzil on Twitter, Microsoft has changed the wording in the position to state that Windows 8 devices will stop getting updates for their apps at the same time as Windows Phone 8.x, that is, July 1 of this year. Windows 8.1 devices will continue to receive updates through the previously announced date in 2023.
This isn’t exactly surprising since Windows 8.1 was a free update for Windows 8, and the latter quickly became unsupported because of that. What’s more interesting is the fact that Microsoft only separated Windows 8 from 8.1 now and not when the announcement was first made.
The number of users still running Windows 8 is likely negligible, but those again running it likely can’t update to Windows 8.1 since it seems the upgrade path which was available through the Windows Store will be killed as well. We’ve reached out to Microsoft for clarification and will update this post with any new information.
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