Microsoft pronounced yesterday (July 1) about a new servicing and quality policy for their next feature release 19H2. This announcement confirms what we have speculated here on Win10.guru in earlier posts –namely, that 19H2 will not get many if any new features, it being rather a “service pack” release.
The next feature update for Windows 10 (known in the Windows Insider Program as 19H2) will be a scoped set of features for select performance improvements, enterprise features and quality enhancements. To deliver these updates in a less disruptive fashion, we will deliver this feature update in a new way, using servicing technology (like the monthly update process) for customers running the May 2019 Update who choose to update to the new release. In other words, anyone running the May 2019 Update and updating to the new release will have a far faster update experience because the update will install like a monthly update.
That quote comes from a post to the Windows Experience blog yesterday, June 1.
Also, Windows 10 version 19H2 Insider builds will start rolling out for those in the Windows Insider program Slow Ring.
Users currently running the Windows 10 May 2019 Update version 1903 will receive 19H2 preview builds delivered in new and faster way after opting into the Insider Slow Ring. Users still using pre-1903 versions of Windows will receive 19H2 preview builds in the Slow Ring using full UUP method. The difference is that whereas the UUP method is full feature upgrade, updating the build for instance from 16xxx or 17xxx to 18xxx, the new method delivers Insider builds the same way as Cumulative Updates, only changing the decimals for the build number involved.
Here’s an example: if you get Windows 10 install media today using the Windows Media Creation Tool, it is build 18362.175. When fully updated to current standards, it will be 18362.207 (CU KBKB4501375, June 27). The first Slow Ring 19H2 Insider update will bring the build number to 18362.10000. This allows faster build upgrades, at the same time making it quite impossible for the upgrade to contain any major new features.
All in all, it seems that, as I wrote earlier, this will be the new feature upgrade policy. Yearly H1 release will be a full feature upgrade, H2 being more a cosmetic bug fix release. The future will tell what Windows Insiders and the general public thinks about this change. I look forward to observing and analyzing those reactions.
Read more about these changes, and participate in discussion on Ten Forums: Moving to the next Windows 10 feature update for commercial customers
Author: Kari Finn
A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.