This year has been quite strange for the Microsoft Windows Insider Program. In February, Microsoft invited the selected Insiders to begin testing the 20H1 update that will be sent in the first half of 2020, and all spring passed to the company giving information about 19H2, the next update of Windows 10 that will precede 20H1.
Although the software giant has not yet explicitly said it, it seems that the company is ready to move on to a major Windows 10 update in the spring, followed by a minor update in the fall. And it seems that the traces of what could end up being 21H1, the main update of Windows 10 that will be released in the first half of 2021 can already be found in nature.
Windows 10 build 19480 sighting
Italian blog Aggiornamenti Lumia reports today that Windows 10 build 19480 and later are mentioned in language packs available in the Microsoft Store. 19480 represents a great leap from version 19H1 18985 that Microsoft launched yesterday for Fast Ring Insiders.
WalkingCat, the Microsoft filter with a fairly good track record, added a little more grain to today's rumor by implying that Windows Sets could return in these advanced versions that could already be tested internally. As a reminder, Windows Sets was a feature that would have allowed Windows 10 users to group applications, browser tabs and more in a single window using a tabbed interface.
oh? "Sets" is back in 19481? 1965
– WalkingCat (@ h0x0d) September 20, 2019
The Redmond giant removed the Windows Sets from the preliminary versions of 19H1 last year, and Microsoft's Joe Belfiore later said in Build 2018 that the feature would return "when we think it's great". We would not blame you if you had forgotten the function in the meantime, and it would be surprising to see Microsoft recover it. New and recent new features of Windows 10 such as Cortana, Paint 3D, My People, or the timeline do not seem to have had a major impact among users, and the previous version of the Windows Sets we saw in the preliminary versions of the 19H1 versions was not really intuitive, even though I received some love from advanced users.
The next Microsoft Surface event in New York City is just around the corner, and although the hardware should Being the main focus, we could hear more about the future of Windows 10 during the event. The company could also use the event to announce a release date for Windows 10 version 1909 (19H2), as it did last year for the October 2018 update.
Additional readings: Windows 10, Windows Insider, Windows Sets