Microsoft today announced that the next version of Windows 10, called version 20H2, will not be a true feature update, just like version 19H2/1909.
“Windows 10, version 20H2 will offer a scoped set of features to improve performance and enhance quality [over Windows 10 version 2004],” Microsoft’s John Cable explains. “It will also be the first version of Windows 10 to include the new Microsoft Edge, based on Chromium. We will again deliver 20H2 using servicing technology (like that used for the monthly update process) for customers running [Windows 10 version 2004] who choose to update to the new release.
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So that mystery is put to bed.
Additionally, Microsoft revealed that the 20H2 branding is official and that it will not name this as Windows 10 version 2010 or whatever. Going forward, the firm will use the H1 and H2 branding in version numbers to indicate that a Windows 10 version was released in the first or second half of the year, respectively.
So that’s good news, too.
Related to all this, Microsoft has issued the first build of Windows 10 20H2 to Windows Insiders in the Slow ring. Yes, that’s how they described it despite the recent channel announcement.
And because this is the Windows Insider program, they’re being coy about it. To get the new build, you’ll have to “seek” it by manually checking for updates in Windows Update like a peasant.
In the good news department, Microsoft is at least not A/B testing anything in 20H2: It says that it heard our feedback and is “not doing that for 20H2.” So anyone who chooses to download and test 20H2 will actually be able to do so normally.
Common sense prevails. Victory at last.