Windows Server 2019 available again, is Windows “October” 2018 Update next?

Laurent Giret

Microsoft announced today that Windows Server 2019 is once again generally available, a little more than a month after the company paused the initial rollout. Instead of using its Windows Server blog to announce the re-release, Microsoft chose to publish the news on its Virtualization Blog, where IT admins can find download instructions today.

The latest version of the Server OS was initially released on on October 2, just like the Windows 10 October 2018 update, but Microsoft decided to remove all media on October 12 after reports of missing files after updating surfaced. The Windows Server 2019 re-release gives us hope that the Windows 10 October 2018 update is next. As you may know, today is “Patch Tuesday” (the second Tuesday of the month), which is usually when Microsoft releases new updates for all of its Windows-based products.

The botched release of Windows Server 2019 and the Windows 10 October 2018 was really bad PR for Microsoft and its “Windows as a Service” approach. Since John Cable, Director of Program Management, Windows Servicing and Delivery spoke up on October 9 to announce a fix for the much talked-about deleted files issue, the company has been pretty much silent. In the meantime, a lot of digital ink has been used to criticize Microsoft’s process of developing and testing major Windows 10 updates, and it seems that the company may have some explaining to do when it’s finally ready to ship the October 2018 update.