[German]The autumn update of Windows 10, currently under development as 19H2, will probably not be released until the end of October 2019 and will be released for broader use in November 2019.
The next version of Windows 10 will be tested with insiders in the 19H2 development branch. I had once strongly suspected that the release date could be October 3 (see Windows 10 V1909 ready, release on October 3, 2019?) – but this turned out to be untrue. Microsoft is currently patching existing Windows 10 systems and the completion of Windows 10 19H2 is delayed.
First release date probably end of October
Now the colleagues at German site deskmodder.de report that Windows 10 19H2 will not be ready before the end of October 2019. If still critical bugs are found, it could even be November 2019 until the release. We had that last year with Windows 10 version 1809, which was released at the beginning of October, but then had to be withdrawn due to heavy bugs. It was not until November 2018 that there was a new release.
According to deskmodder.de the Windows 10 version 19H2 will be tested in the Release Preview Ring from 17th/18th October 2019. If there are no problems, the starting signal could be given in the last week of October for the release of the operating system.
Softpedia also speculated about the release of Windows 10 19H2 in this article (thanks to EP for the comment). It also says that this release of the new Windows 10 version is expected at the end of October 2019. The article refers to the following tweet by Zack Bowden.
I hear Microsoft is hoping to have 19H2 signed off by the end of next week. I think we’ll be getting a final build very soon. GA later in the month/early Nov.
— Zac Bowden (@zacbowden) October 8, 2019
There’s nothing official there either, just rumors. Microsoft hopes that they can finish Windows 10 19H2 within the coming week and celebrate the Sign-Off. Then the general availability would be planned at the end of October or beginning of November 2019. Microsoft has not yet confirmed these dates, but possibly official information about the release date of Windows 10 19H2 will be released next week.
It will be Windows 10 Version 1909
If you wonder which version number the upcoming Windows 10 will carry, you can give an answer. Even if the release will be in October or November, there will be no version 1910 or 1911. On October 7, 2019 Microsoft published the article What’s new in Windows 10, version 1909. There you can find the information that the upcoming Windows 10 will be version 1909.
Delivery via update or as feature update
The autumn update is rolled out in two different ways. Systems running Windows 10 Version 1809 or earlier will be offered a feature update to upgrade to Windows 10 Version 1909. For Windows 10 Version 1903, Microsoft had announced a new method for delivery (see Windows 10 19H2: What could change). The new version 1909 should be rolled out like a quality update. Exactly this has already happened. Microsoft offered the same updates for Windows 10 Version 1903 and Windows 10 19H2. Windows Insiders have therefore already received the updates for Windows 10 Version 1909. But also systems that run with Windows 10 Version 1903 have already received the code for Windows 10 Version 1909 via the cumulative update.
Microsoft hasn’t activated the features of this new Windows 10 version. Windows 10 Version 1903 has build 18362.xxx, while Windows 10 Version 1909 will have build 18363.xxx. For Windows 10 Version 1903 Microsoft will provide the “Feature Update to 1909 via Enablement Package” as KB4517245. With this 20 kByte update the Windows 10 version 1903 becomes version 1909. The colleagues of deskmodder.de have already provided this update here.
Build 18363.418 seems to be the Final
Addendum: After I received a comment within the German blog, I startet a search. On my test system nothing of an update to the Windows 10 V1909 can be found. Colleagues from German deskmodder.de reported that build 18363.418 seems to be the final version. The whole thing is based on this post from Brandon LeBlanc in the Windows Blog.
We are now getting the Windows 10 November 2019 Update (19H2) ready for release. We believe that Build 18363.418 is the final build and we will continue to improve the overall experience of 19H2 on customers’ PCs as part of our normal servicing cadence. Build 18363.418 includes all of the latest 19H2 features as well as the latest fixes included as part of KB4517389. Windows Insiders in the Release Preview ring already have this build, so no action is needed from them to get this build.
So exactly what I have already described above. If you think you might change your Windows 10 version 1903 production system to version 1909, you have to go to the Insider program and select the Release Preview Ring. Then the update, which unlocks the features of version 1909, is installed. After that you can leave the Insider Preview program again. But my personal advice would be to wait until Microsoft calls this stuff GA (general availability) and releases it to all users in via Windows update search.