Rare “blocking” bug delays roll out of Microsoft’s Spring Creators Update

Windows 10 may have been Microsoft’s “last version” of its desktop OS but despite this seeming finality, the company has settled into a twice-yearly update schedule. The last big update came in the Autumn 2017 (the “Fall Creators Update”) and this was preceded by the “Creators Update” in Spring 2017.

With this schedule in mind, we had been expecting to see the Spring Creators Update arrive this week, as part of the 10 April Patch Tuesday, but it didn’t materalise. It now appears that its release date has been held up due to a significant, rare “blocking” bug buried in its code. As the name suggests, a blocking bug is a flaw that must be fixed before the next minor release, meaning it’s blocking the roll out. This is said to have spooked the tech giant enough to push the release date back to give developers time to fix it. 

Zac Bowden, from Windows Central, has tweeted claiming Microsoft will likely issue the release “in a couple of weeks” as “Version 1803”.

When the Spring Creators Update does eventually roll out, we’re expecting the usual smattering of new features. 

Among those is a new Timeline feature that will allow you to resume apps and activities if you switch from one Windows 10 device to another. And there will tweaks to the way some parts of Windows 10 look as well, with the taskbar, clock and action centre all getting small updates. Cortana will receive updgrades, and there will be more improvements to the way Windows 10 scales on high resolution displays.

Even when it does arrive, not everyone will get it right away. As with previous updates, the Spring Creators Update will be distributed in phases: some users had to wait weeks for previous Creators Updates to reach them, and the same is likely to apply here. If you want to install it on the day of release, you’ll be able to download a manual updater from Microsoft’s Windows 10 Download page.

Alternatively, if you just can’t wait, you can join the Windows Insider program and install an early version.

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