Microsoft Starts Testing Windows 10's Next Major Update

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Microsoft announced Monday that it's started testing the next major update to Windows 10. The company said it's planning to release the update, which is known internally as Windows 10 19H2, in September. But its roll out is going to be different from its predecessors.

Windows 10 19H2 will be released using the same process as the monthly updates Microsoft puts out between major upgrades. The company said this is supposed to lead to "a far faster update experience" while also being less disruptive than the previous update system, which treated major releases like the Windows 10 May 2019 Update differently from the company's regularly scheduled cumulative updates.

This is the latest in Microsoft's attempts to make significant Windows 10 releases easier to install. After the Windows 10 October 2018 Update was pushed back until January because of technical issues, the company switched to a new, machine learning-enabled roll out system for the Windows 10 May 2019 Update. Now it's making these twice-yearly releases more like their monthly counterparts.

The update might also resemble its less-celebrated counterparts in terms of scope. Microsoft said that Windows 10 19H2 "will be a scoped set of features for select performance improvements, enterprise features and quality enhancements."

Skip Ahead members of the Windows Insider Program were invited to start testing the update in February, and in the months since, most builds have focused on small refinements. The company is more likely to finally test new features in that development branch than to force them into Windows 10 19H2.

We should learn more about Microsoft's plans for Windows 10 19H2 soon. The company has started rolling out preview builds for the update to Slow ring members of the Windows Insider Program; more information is available via its blog. One thing to note: Microsoft will include cumulative updates to Windows 10 May 2019 Update in these builds alongside the changes expected to arrive in September.

Nathaniel Mott
Freelance News & Features Writer

Nathaniel Mott is a freelance news and features writer for Tom's Hardware US, covering breaking news, security, and the silliest aspects of the tech industry.

  • cherry blossoms
    Why oh why can't Microsoft do their usual and concentrate on the really "important" stuff that people are surely clamoring for.
    Like for this update, being able to remotely control jetpack equipped ostriches with an xbox controller (integrated with the xbox one of course), and being able to experience the wonders of goat camp via VR.
    One would think they are actually listening to feedback. I'm sure the Microsoft in house beta testers will thoroughly test............oh....wait.