The next two Windows 10 updates, codenamed ’20H1′ and ’20H2′
reflect Microsoft’s new approach to split the major feature
releases into two. The first update ’20H1′ would be a
full-fledged update with new features, and the second update of
the year will only contain improvements.
We’ve already had the first minor Windows 10 release ‘November
2019 Update’ last year and we’re now looking forward to the
next two releases in 2020.
In addition to two new Windows 10 updates, Microsoft is working
on a new version of the operating system called ‘Windows 10X’.
Here’s what we know so far about Microsoft’s future plans for
Windows 10 20H1 ‘May 2020 Update’
Unlike November 2019 Update, there’s a grab bag of improvements
and new additions in Windows 10 20H1, also known as
version 2004 and May 2020 Update.
At this point with one month to go for its release, Windows 10
May 2020 Update feels stable and smooth. Still, there’s still
plenty of time for Microsoft to fix any rare and last moment
name ‘May 2020 Update’ was recently spotted in the latest
preview builds and Microsoft is also expected to publish the
update in May.
The upcoming 20H1 feature update will focus on substantive
improvements and as well as quality enhancements, including
improvements to the existing features such as ‘Reset this PC’.
As of April, Windows 10 version 2004 update includes
performance improvements, new Cortana experience, WSL 2,
updated tablet experience, new optional updates page, improved
driver compatibility, reduced CPU and Disk usage, new app
icons, two new features in Task Manager, and more.
If this feature update hews to Microsoft’s usual schedule,
it’ll drop in late April or early May.
Upcoming announcements from Microsoft’s Insider team will
provide further hints about its exact release timeframe.
Windows 10 20H2 update
After 20H1 update release, we’re looking forward to minor 20H2
patch. As of April 2020, the upcoming 20H2 feature update focus
appears to be only on quality enhancements, but there’ll be a
few new features as well.
There are a few potential features from recent builds that are
intriguing. For example, Windows Search is getting a new
algorithm that will allow it to start the indexing process when
you are not actively using the PC.
In this update, we’ll also see a number of minor tweaks to
various UI elements. Interim beta builds also dropped further
hints about what’s coming in this year or next year. For
example, Microsoft has started working on its new
volume control taskbar feature,
modern disk management tool, and
Control Panel removal plans.
The upcoming preview builds will provide further hints about
what’s coming and we’ll continue to cover them in detail.
As Microsoft moves toward the launch of the dual-screen Surface
Neo, Microsoft is now actively testing Windows 10X in its
In fact, the latest Windows 10 preview build include references
to features of 10X such as the new Control Center.
According to the original schedule, Windows 10X is expected to
become available for Surface Neo devices later this year.
It is worth noting that you’ll be able to dual-boot Windows 10
Pro/Home and Windows 10X on your traditional device through
third-party tools. The laptop flavour of 10X is also being
developed, but it won’t be announced until next year.