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  • Mary Jo Foley: There’s a reason why MS is starting to test Win10 20H1 so early… and, no, it isn’t because they’re switching to annual releases

    Posted on February 28th, 2019 at 10:27 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    Yesterday, Mary Jo Foley published a report relying on her sources inside Microsoft about the surprising “Skip ahead” testing of Win10 20H1 — the version that isn’t due out until a year from now.

    I had speculated that, maybe, somebody inside Microsoft had come to their senses, and they were using this as a way to move to once-a-year versions of Win10. Nope. At least, according to Foley’s sources:

    Some people wondered if this was a sign Microsoft might be moving to one Windows 10 feature update per year (nope).

    Crestfallen, I tell you. She has a plausible reason:

    The Windows team is close to finalizing Windows 10 19H1. If schedules had all aligned, the core OS team would already be well on its way to finishing the new core platform release (codenamed “Vanadium”), targeted for internal delivery by June 2019, which would be the base of the next Windows 10 release [version 19H2 or 1909]. But the timing just doesn’t work out. As a result, my contacts say, the new plan is for the core OS team to skip its internal June platform release and just focus on the December 2019 internal release (codenamed “Vibranium”) — which will be the basis for the Windows 10 20H1 release.

    Which makes me want to curl up and suck on my thumb.

    It seems that the Azure tail is now wagging the Win10 dog.

  • Pssssst… I still don’t believe the part about Microsoft testing 20H1, then jumping back to 19H2

    Posted on February 15th, 2019 at 08:14 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’ve read the reviews, seen the posts, and I still don’t believe it.

    Dona Sarkar said yesterday:

    Today we are releasing a new build to Insiders who have opted into Skip Ahead. These builds are from the 20H1 development branch. Some things we are working on in 20H1 require a longer lead time. We will begin releasing 19H2 bits to Insiders later this spring after we get 19H1 nearly finished and ready; once 19H1 is “nearly finished and ready” we’ll also use the Release Preview ring for previews of drivers and quality updates on 19H1.

    In a world of truly absurd Windows beta testing, that’s even more absurd than normal.

    I honestly don’t think we’ll end up with a 19H2. None at all. If Microsoft’s smart, they’ll move to 20H1 and dump this absurd every-six-month release rate. I know the arguments. I know that Office gets new versions every six months. But Windows ain’t Office. And it shouldn’t be hobbled with the same release cycle.

    I’m still hopeful that 19H2 will go the way of the dodo.