Makes sense. Microsoft has shifted up a lot of things when it comes to Windows 10 development, with the RTM schedule of newer versions of the OS also getting a good stir.
In fact, the upcoming 19H2 release is about as barebones as they come in terms of features.
This change has been a long time coming, with Redmond going with this new cadence of how it tests and delivers Windows 10 feature updates this year. Case in point, how back in February, the first 120H1 build made an appearance on the Skip Ahead ring of the Windows Insider Program.
Unprecedented, as 19H1 was still in testing. And what this meant was that for the first time, Insiders were skipping two versions ahead.
Now, it seems that we finally know why. As it turned out, Microsoft wanted to align its Windows 10 development with Azure, so that it launched a minor update for the second half of 2019, with a big one coming in 2020.
This makes for quite a change from back in 2017 where the company put Windows 10 and Office 365 ProPlus on the same release schedules. Does this mean Office 365 is up for a change, too?
Well, this report from Zac Bowden does not detail this, but it does say that the 20H1 release will not be shipping next spring as we expected. Instead, this version might hit RTM status as early as December, which means it will be signed off for public release by the end of the year.
Moreover, the company is reported to be shifting Windows 10 development schedule entirely, meaning future H1 updates will be ready in December and H2 updates will reach the milestone in June.
This also means that naturally, Windows 10X will be ready by June as well, alongside 20H2 RTM release.
As for when thee versions actually ship to the public, they probably will become generally available within a month or two from when they hit RTM.
Some may say that this is the best way to go about it, while other still opine that one single version release a year is what the platform needs.
Which side of the fence are you on?