Microsoft has released the Windows Insider Preview Build 19033 (20H1) to the users of both Fast and Slow rings. This takes us one step closer to the next major Windows 10 feature update that would release sometime in spring next year.
However, it’s also speculated that the 20H1 might arrive earlier than expected. Anyway, there are various changes and bug fixes that come with the latest preview build.
But Microsoft has also announced the official name for the update: it will be referred to as Windows 10 2004. The company went for 2004 as version number, and not 2003, to avoid confusion with other product names, like Windows Server 2003.
Microsoft also said that it’s now planning to push builds from its development branch, which means fast ring insider would start getting preview builds for the next major Windows Update from the RS_PRERELEASE branch.
Considering Microsoft’s shift to a major/minor update cycle, the company might jump fast ring insiders directly to the 21H1 builds. Just like we saw earlier this year when 20H1 builds were released to fast ring in February 2019. The 19H2 builds (Windows 10 1909) were pushed to slow ring insiders in July after the release of the May 2019 Update (19H1).
However, Microsoft has also hinted that the smaller-sized 19H2 update could be a one-off attempt of its kind. So, if the company wishes to return to its bi-annual update schedule, then it might consider moving fast ring insiders to 20H2 builds instead.
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The insiders who wish to keep getting 20H1 builds should switch to a slow ring. This doesn’t apply to fast ring insiders who chose to stop getting Insider builds once the newest Windows is available; they’ll be shifted to the slow ring automatically.