Windows 10: Rumors about 20H2 and deprecated Stores

[German]At the end of the week a small blog post with some unconfirmed speculations. It is about the Windows 10 Fall 2020 Update (20H2) and the deprecation of the Microsoft Stores for Business and Education.


Windows 10: A tiny Fall 2020 Update?

It's a speculation, but exciting: Does Microsoft is planning only a 'small' stability Fall 2020 Update (20H2) for Windows 10 Spring 2020 Update (20H1)? In 2019, Redmond had introduced a new model: A Major feature update will be released in spring, while in autumn only a kind of stability update will be shipped.

For Windows 10 version 1903 and 1909 both versions got the same updates and Windows 10 version 1903 could be updated to Windows 10 version 1909 with a tiny enablement update. I had some details about this available in the blog post Windows 10 V1909 released, how to get this update?.

In November 2019 there was a mixer session with the Windows Insider team from Microsoft. According to Brandon LeBlanc, however, it was not clear at that time whether Microsoft would continue to use the approach chosen for Windows 10 version 190x in 2020. I had prepared some information from this mixer cast in the blog post Insides: Windows 10 19H2 development/deployment (V1909).

The spring update for Windows 10 2004 (20H1) has been completed in the meantime, should be available in April 2020 and will be a 'major feature update'. But what about the autumn update (20H2) for 2020? We won't know exactly until October or November 2020. But Windows Latest reports here, citing Microsoft's own sources, that the fall version of Windows 10 for 2020 will be a minor update again. Windows Latest says, they have heard from internal Microsoft sources that the concept from 2019 will be maintained in 2020. The 20H2 development branch would then again be delivered as a cumulative update for systems with Windows 10 version 2004 and as a feature update for older Windows 10 builds. Let's wait and see – it wouldn't surprise me if it came to that.

Are the Store for Business and Education fading away?

Beside to the Microsoft Store for Windows 10 consumers, there is also the Store for Business for corporate customers and the Store for Education for educational institutions. These stores are designed to provide Windows 10 users with Microsoft apps for their operating system. It's an open secret, however, that sales through these stores are not the real big seller.


Mary Foley speculates on ZDNet in this article that Microsoft may declare the Store for Business and the Store for Education as deprecated. She refers to contacts at Microsoft. According to them, Microsoft is still trying to clean up the mess in the digital App Store. Hence the attempt, according to Foley's contacts, to get rid of the Microsoft Store for Business and the Microsoft Store for Education.

Microsoft has refused any official comment on this, but it seems that both stores are dead since 2018. So the idea has something impressive – let's wait and see how Microsoft decides.

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