Filed under rumor because Microsoft has not confirmed any of this officially. It appears that Microsoft has postponed the upcoming release of the next feature update for Windows 10, version 2004. According to Mary Jo Foley, Windows 10 version 2004 will be released at the end of May to the public.
The reason for this, according to Mary Jo, is a zero-day exploit that needs to be fixed in the new version of Windows 10 before it can be released to the public.
She believes that Windows 10 version 2004 will be released on May 28 for seekers. Seekers are users who hit the check for updates" button manually. If the PC is free of stopper bugs, e.g. because of installed software, then the update should be offered to the administrator. The new version will also be made available via the company's Media Creation Tool. Microsoft will make it available to more systems over a period of weeks and months. Eventually, Windows 10 version 2004 will be offered to systems automatically.
OEMs will get the finished update by May 5 and developers by May 12, 2020 according to her sources. Microsoft changed the version for the new feature update slightly. In the past, Microsoft used 03 in the version of the first feature update release of the year. This would have resulted in Windows 10 version 2003 and that could have caused confusion because of Windows Server 2003. Microsoft decided to increase the month from 03 to 04 and thus Windows 10 version 2004 was born.
The version is still somewhat misleading considering that the new version of Windows 10 won't be available before May 2020 at the earliest.
The second feature update of 2020, Windows 10 20H2 will likely be a minor cumulative update and not a full feature update; this would make it similar in size and form to Windows 10 version 1909 which was also minor.
Basically, instead of releasing two feature updates per year, Microsoft decided to release one major update and a minor update. Most administrators will probably appreciate that considering that updating to a minor feature update is a lot easier, faster, and less error-prone than updating from a major feature update to another major one.
The last time this happened was in 2018 when Windows 10 version 1809 was released (and wreaked havoc).Advertisement
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