Microsoft has begun work on Windows 10 20H1 which will be released next year, as opposed to 19H2 which will be pushed out in the second half of 2019.
According to reports by The Verge, Microsoft usually releases updates twice a year and an update is already scheduled to take place in April – making Microsoft’s work on this 2020 update unusual.
Windows 10 Build 18836 comes from the 20H1 development branch and it only contains the general bug fixes.
Microsoft will test Windows 10 20H1 builds with Insiders in the Skip Ahead ring and while it is an unusual test, it all indicates that Microsoft needs a longer time to test some upcoming exciting features.
“Some things we are working on in 20H1 require a longer lead time. We will begin releasing 19H2 bits to Insiders later this spring after we get 19H1 nearly finished and ready; once 19H1 is “nearly finished and ready” we’ll also use the Release Preview ring for previews of drivers and quality updates on 19H1,” Microsoft explains.
To summarize, Microsoft appears to have the following plan:
- Windows 10 19H1 will be released to the general public in April 2019. Preview builds are available in Fast Ring.
- Windows 10 19H2 will be released in the second half of 2019. Once the 19H1 is ready for the public, 19H2 preview builds will be shipped to Fast Ring.
- Windows 10 20H1 preview builds are already available for Skip Ahead ring but the update will be released in early 2020 for general consumers.