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  • New schedule for the release of Win10 version 2004

    Posted on May 1st, 2020 at 07:51 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    “Win10 May 2020 Update” — better known to us as “Win10 version 2004” — also known as “Win10 20H1” is coming.

    Yesterday Microsoft released what it promises will be the last-last beta test version of the next version of the last version of Windows. Build 19041.208 replaces last week’s Build 19041.207, which was also hailed as the last beta. Brandon LeBlanc has a fully update rollout announcement on the Windows Blog:

    We are continuing to work on getting the Windows 10 May 2020 Update (20H1) ready for release. Today we are releasing Build 19041.208 to Windows Insiders in the Release Preview ring. While we originally thought that Build 19041.207 would be the final build, we made the decision to take in one more fix we felt was important to have before making the May 2020 Update generally available. We believe that Build 19041.208 is the new final build and still plan on continuing to improve the overall experience of the May 2020 Update on customers’ PCs as part of our normal servicing cadence.

    That last little bit means that MS will release cumulative updates for version 2004, which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.

    Mary Jo Foley has another inside scoop. will roll out this month according to this newly revised schedule:

    Release to hardware manufacturers (the “RTM” date): May 5

    Release to developers (through the MS Developer Network): May 12

    General availability (it’ll appear as “Download and install” in Windows Update): May 28

    Again, Microsoft has not announced this officially and these dates may change yet again.

    Unless you use Linux under Windows, I see almost nothing that’s worth a full upgrade — Cortana gets snubbed, Virtual Desktops get names (I don’t use ’em, do you?), Task Manager shows GPU temperature and type of hard drive (third party apps have done that for a decade), great improvements to Notepad (ho-hum), more in the Settings app (but we’ll still need good ol’ Control Panel sometimes), the Search makeover will actually work this time, and… other minor tweaks.

    If you’re running Win10 version 1903 or 1909, you won’t get pushed to 2004 for a long, long time — you’ll only get 2004 if you click “Download and install.” That’s the good news.