After pulling its Windows 10 October 2018 Update (also known as 1809) and Windows Server 2019/1809 feature updates at the start of October, Microsoft is re-releasing them to mainstream users starting today, November 13. The updated versions include fixes for data-loss problems and other issues discovered after Microsoft initially began rolling them out on October 2.
Starting today, customers can download the Windows Server 1809 and Windows Server 2019 media from the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC). Azure customers will see the Windows Server 2019 image available in the Azure Marketplace over the coming week, officials said. And Microsoft is working to make the Windows Server 2019 evaluation release available on the Microsoft Eval Center. (My ZDNet colleague Ed Bott has the details on the re-release of the client version, now build 17763.107. Microsoft also is re-releasing the October Update version of Windows 10 IoT today, as well.)
Microsoft also is going to update its support timeline to reflect today, November 13, as the revised start of servicing for both the Semi-Annual Channel and Long-Term Servicing Channel for Windows Server 1809, Windows Server 2019 and Windows 10 1809. (Previously, that date was October 2.) The names of the updates are not changing: For those wondering: The October/1809 updates still will be known by those terms, even though they are being released in November.
The original data-loss problem occurred on systems where Known Folder Redirection (KFR) had been previously enabled but some files remained in the original location. It also happened on some systems that used the relatively new Auto Save feature in OneDrive to relocate the contents of the Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders to corresponding locations in the cloud. Problems occurred when some files remained in the old location.
After acknowledging the original data-loss issue, another was discovered involving ZIP compressed files. The October Update was not warning users when moving files from a .ZIP archive to a regular folder with duplicate filenames.Also, users reported that files that should have been copied didn't actually get copied to the destination folder, and there was no indication that the action wasn't carried out. Microsoft acknowledged this issue and said a fix for it would come in November.
If you were looking for an admission by company officials that there's a significant problem with Windows 10 quality, based on user outcry over problems with the last two Windows 10 feature updates (1809 and 1803), you won't find it here. Instead, Microsoft officials are reiterating that their telemetry data shows that customers are increasingly satisfied with each successive Windows 10 update.
There is a glimmer of hope, however, that maybe Microsoft will do something at some point to improve quality in Windows. Check out this last paragraph of the quality blog:
"While we do see positive trends, we also hear clearly the voices of our users who are facing frustrating issues, and we pledge to do more. We will up our effort to improve our ability to prevent issues and our ability to respond quickly and openly when issues do arise. We intend to leverage all the tools we have today and focus on new quality-focused innovation across product design, development, validation, and delivery. We look forward to sharing more about our approach to quality and emerging quality-focused innovation in future posts."
I don't know what the Windows team has up its sleeve here. Hopefully we'll see fruits of whatever efforts may be in the works by the time the spring 2019/19H1 Windows client and server updates hit....