Microsoft last week said the next Windows 10 feature upgrade will be available for all users to download and install sometime in late May – the third straight postponement for Windows 10. The decision illustrates the strain under which Microsoft's Windows-as-a-service model has been operating of late. What had been billed as a metronomic every-six-months release schedule for the feature-and-functionality upgrades has faltered, burdened by months-long delays.

Windows 10 1803 – last year's March upgrade in Microsoft's yymm format – launched about a month late. Microsoft claimed that the fall refresh, Windows 10 1809, was officially just one month behind but in reality 1809 was at least three months late. In both instances, Microsoft extended support so each received the promised 18 months of bug fixes.

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