Does Microsoft change the Windows 10 RTM dates?

[German]Currently there is a rumour that Microsoft wants to adjust the completion dates for Windows 10 builds and declares feature updates at the end of the year (December) and in summer als ready to market (RTM).


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In the past Microsoft has rolled out feature updates for Windows 10 in spring (April to May) and autumn (October to November). These versions were completed (RTM) in March and September of the respective year. Only the first Windows 10 (RTM) version and the Anniversary Update were released in summer 2015 and 2016, respectively.

Zac Bowden reports now on Windows Central in this article that Microsoft wants to adapt the upcoming Windows 10 20H1 as the first version to the development cycle of the Azure kernel. Therefore the Windows 10 20H1, which is expected for spring 2020, should reach the so-called RTM status in December 2019. However, it is not known when this version will be delivered to the general public.

While in the past Windows 10 feature updates were usually completed in March and September, Microsoft, according to Bowden, plans to complete OS releases in December and June as RTM. This means that the development cycle of Windows 10 updates will be delayed by two to three months. One will be completed in winter and one in summer.

This decision was probably already made when Windows 10 was affiliated to Microsoft Azure in development. In order to align the development plans of Azure and Windows, a feature version of Windows 10 had to be skipped. The 19H2 version of Windows 10 is the result because it is an update.

Zac Bowden writes that the 20H1 version of Windows 10 is almost finished and was internally marked as feature-complete in August. Since that time, Microsoft has mainly focused on fixing bugs and polishing the operating system for release. For this reason, insiders haven’t gotten any major new features in 20H1 builds for several months now, as the Windows 10 20H1 release is ready. Currently there is still time until Microsoft in mid-December, until the Windows 10 20H1 should be declared RTM ready. Let’s see if these rumors come true.


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