Microsoft has given a name to the next version of Windows 10. 19H2 will now be known as the November 2019 update and will be released at any time.
Build 18363.418 is, as far as Microsoft is concerned, the final version before launch, although the company will continue to issue updates as part of its "normal service rate".
The gang also took the opportunity to make it clear how things were going to work. The November 2019 update (19H2) shares the same service content as the May 2019 update (19H1) with the build revision number (the .418) that remains the same. It is only the compilation number that reflects the different updates, with 18362 being May and 18363 being November.
As of May through November (for customers offering the option) you will simply see Windows Update downloading what Microsoft calls an "enablement package" to turn on the 19H2 treats, as they are.
In doing so, it will simply change that compilation 18362 to 18363.
More importantly, for Windows Insiders at least, it is the fact that this represents an opportunity to switch from Slow Call to the launch preview ring while both They are synchronized. Slow Ring will begin to obtain 20H1 constructions in the coming weeks and the opportunity to remain in the warm embrace of 19H2 without a reinstallation will be gone.
While everything might seem like a return to normal – Fast Ring is getting fast – it triggers 20H1 constructions, Slow Ring gets the most stable versions: the gang couldn't resist throwing some confusion, warning: "Yes you go from the Slow ring to the Release Preview ring today and you are in Build 18362.100xx, you will NOT be offered Build 18363.418 yet. "
Everything should be resolved" in the coming weeks ".
With 19H2 (or the November 2019 or 1909 update or whatever they call it today) delivered as little more than an accelerated cumulative update, the entire process should be much simpler than the updates of semi-annual features delivered so far. The next update, 20H1, will be a bit thicker and is expected to fall in the first half of 2020.
Microsoft has kept its lips tight on whether the approach for 19H2 will be the norm in the future: an important update in the spring followed by a smaller update in the fall.
Windows users tired of two strokes per year would certainly embrace a less frantic approach. ®
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