The upcoming Windows 10 features may not have a release date

Windows 10 Start menu
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Microsoft has been working on a more straightforward approach
for the upcoming Windows 10 feature updates. As part of the new
approach, Microsoft is making significant changes to the Fast
Ring of Windows Insider program.

Moving forward, Fast Ring will get new builds from the
RS_PRERELEASE channel and the changes included in this channel
won’t have a release date. In other words, Microsoft will share
the latest ideas and new features with the public, but some
features may not be part of the next public feature update.

On the other hand, the Slow Ring will only include the features
that will be part of the next public feature update. This
approach allows Microsoft to talk about the future of Windows
without promising a particular release timeframe.

In the coming weeks or months, Microsoft is expected to begin
testing new features and ideas that may not ship in 2020.

At this point, Windows 10 20H1 is the next feature update
and
it was reportedly finalized in December 2019. Windows 10
20H1 is currently scheduled to land in the spring and rumour
suggests Microsoft has already started testing Windows 10 20H2
for release in the second half of 2020.

Windows 10 20H1 and Windows 10X

Windows 10X Lockscreen

On the new software front,
Microsoft is actively working on Windows 10X for Surface
Neo and other dual-screen PCs. Windows 10X could complete
by mid-2020 and it’s likely to finalize alongside Windows 10
20H2.

The changes included in Windows 10 20H2 would be part of
Windows 10X, but Microsoft may not include them in the desktop
release.

For now, Microsoft will push Windows 10X to dual-screen devices
only but the tech giant is preparing the OS for traditional
laptops too.

More details of Windows 10X including its features and new user
interface could be shared in spring when Microsoft’s Build
developer conference takes place.

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