Yes, Redstone 5 Will Be Named the October 2018 Update

Posted on August 31, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 21 Comments

No surprise here: Microsoft revealed today that Redstone 5 will be officially named the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

“I’m pleased to announce that our next feature update to Windows will be called the Windows 10 October 2018 Update,” Microsoft corporate vice president Roanne Sones writes in a post to the Windows Blog. “With this update, we’ll be bringing new features and enhancements to the nearly 700 million devices running Windows 10 that help people make the most of their time. We’ll share more details about the update over the coming weeks.”

So, yes, Microsoft has been using the phrase “nearly 700 million Windows 10 devices” for literally fours months now. And yes, that should now be considered a cause for alarm. As I’ve noted in the past, Windows 10 usage had been rising at a rate of ~17 million new PCs every month (or 100 million every six months) at the time those words first escaped Terry Myerson’s mouth. So one has to wonder how it’s possible that we’re not counting down to 800 million PCs by this point.

Beyond this disturbing tidbit, today’s Microsoft announcement concerns the various new PCs that its hardware partners had already announced at IFA this week. We’ve already covered that in separate posts here on the site, so there’s no reason to go through that again.

Which brings us to the future. Microsoft casually dropped a bombshell, of sorts, when it recently revealed that the version of Windows 10 after Windows 10 version 1803 (the October 2018 Update) will drop the Redstone naming convention and is codenamed H119 (for “first half of 2019”) instead.

Many have speculated that this new naming style will be applied to the final version of this product. That, instead of Windows 10 version 1903, it will be called Windows 10 version 19H1.

But I don’t think so. I believe that this codename change has more to do with the new owners of Windows 10 development—e.g. the Azure group—and their desire to be clearer and more concise, and more transparent for customers. And I believe that Windows 10 naming going forward will stay consistent, and be consistent with that of Windows Server.

That’s still a ways off, of course. For now, I’m just happy that both of the 2018 releases of Windows 10 have been nonsense free. And the names of the updates reflect that fact very nicely.


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