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  • Good news: It looks like the next version of Win10 1903 will be a Service Pack

    Posted on July 1st, 2019 at 21:59 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    A rose by any other name….

    At this point, it looks like Win10 version 1909 will just be Win10 version 1903 SP1.

    There’s an enormous about of gobbledygook floating around, including a warning that’s pretty dire: If you’re going to beta test 1909, MS reserves the right to change the bits you’re beta testing without installing a new version.

    Interesting times, indeed.

    Details in Computerworld Woody on Windows.

    Thx @b @EP

  • How-To Geek: Microsoft still isn’t testing Win10 1909 (or 19H2)

    Posted on June 5th, 2019 at 14:27 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Chris Hoffman at How-To Geek laments the fact that Microsoft hasn’t even started testing the next version of Windows 10:

    These big Windows updates are generally finalized the month before release, which means Windows 10’s October 2019 Update should be finalized in September 2019. Microsoft has less than four months to go before the latest build is stabilized and we haven’t heard anything about it yet.

    Microsoft has responded by saying, basically, don’t worry about it. We have it well in hand.

    I’ve been saying for – what? – six months now that the next version of Win10 will just be a big cumulative update. I don’t expect any worthwhile feature changes. Except Microsoft will have to put at least one feature change in there so they can justify calling it a “feature update.” And they have every incentive to make 1909 super-stable, because they’ll continue to support it (Enterprise and Academic versions) for 30 months.

    I’m not complaining, mind you. I think MS should go through a couple more no-new-feature “updates” and hit us with a long-overdue Service Pack.

  • Even more evidence that there will never be a “real” Win10 version 1909

    Posted on May 8th, 2019 at 11:09 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I’ve been speculating (spreading rumors?) about this for months, but it seems highly unlikely we’ll ever see anything resembling a “real” Win10 version 1909.

    Yeah, MS will release something called 1909. But it’ll just be the cumulative update we should’ve been getting all along. That’s my guess, anyway:

    “Vibranium” is the codename for 20H1 – the version that’s in the Insider Fast Ring right now. I really, really hope they don’t call it Win10 version 2003.

  • There’s a reason why your Win10 1803 machine hasn’t been pushed onto 1809

    Posted on April 9th, 2019 at 12:59 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft gave up.

    The 1803-to-1809 push pace has gone from slow to glacial.

    Gregg Keizer has the details on Computerworld:

    According to AdDuplex, … Windows 10 1809 powered just 26% of surveyed Windows 10 systems as of March 26. The gain from February to March, only 5 percentage points, was about half the increase from January to February, illustrating the slowing of 1809’s adoption.

    I don’t trust AdDuplex’s numbers, of course, but the trend is unmistakable. Microsoft’s pulling back on 1809.

    I would submit that, with the redirection of the Windows Insider Release Preview Ring — used to be Win10 1809 cumulative update previews and now it’s Win10 1903 beta build — we’re seeing a full-on retreat. I fully expect that Win10 1909 will be nothing more than “Win10 1903 Service Pack 1/2” in fact, if not in name.

    Which is great. Perhaps Microsoft is pulling back from its insane twice-a-year Windows update pace.