Oh noes! Not the news you would want to kick off the week with, but there are solid signs that the Windows 10 20H2 release will be just another small update.
As in, Microsoft will launch another service pack this year.
The company is currently applying the final touches on the May 2020 Update, also commonly known as Windows 10 version 2004. This is one of the more anticipated feature updates for the OS in a long time, and for good reason.
It comes with a bunch of really neat, albeit small, features and options scattered throughout.
Yet, at the same time, the current version of the operating system, known as November 2019 Update or version 1909, is just a minor update that mostly brought along changes under the hood — there were only a few front-facing new additions.
Widely described as a service pack, this version was the harbinger of a new release strategy for Redmond where it was believed to have switched to a new plan. That of launching a major Windows 10 feature update in the spring, and follow it up by a minor release in the fall.
You may recall that when the November 2019 Update was announced as a small upgrade, it was supposedly a one-off thing, because Microsoft wanted to rejig its schedule to better align with expected arrival of the shiny new Windows 10X hardware.
Well, these dual-screen devices are not coming out in 2020 now, but Redmond seemingly wants to stick with its current cadence.
That’s because evidence has been spotted that indicates that the 20H2 release would also come with an enablement package, with the company introducing smaller tweaks and changes for the users that will be gradually activated. Meaning, the same approach that was used on the 19H2 release.
Remains to be seen whether this is indeed what’s happening, and whether the second feature update this year for Windows 10 will indeed be a lowkey affair.
This isn’t confirmation by Microsoft, though, and nothing concrete.
But all signs point to this now, with Redmond essentially preloading the stuff for the next upgrade after the May 2020 Update. It can then set it live by flicking on that enablement switch, whenever the rollout of Windows 10 20H2 kicks off later this year.
Then again, Disappointing as it sounds, a service pack strategy like this, does make sense at some level.