Yes, I know: MSDN is really Microsoft Visual Studio Subcriptions. But gosh, it’s ever so much more compact to put MSDN in the article title than that. Whatever you want to call this official online source for Microsoft downloads (by subscription only, though) it shows that new ISOs were posted there yesterday (May 21, 2020). What you see, in fact, in the lead-in graphic for this story is a screen capture of the four different 2004 ISOs — all dated May 21 — that are now available there to those with access. Those four versions include:
+ Windows Sever, Version 2004
+ Windows 10 (business editions), version 2004
+ Windows 10 (consumer editions), version 2004
+ Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, version 2004
All of these also end with the parenthetical phrase (update May 2020).
What’s It Mean, Mr. Wizard?
This is about as close as anybody can get to GA (General Availability) for Windows 10 May 2020 update, aka 20H1 or May 2020 Windows 10 Update, without changes to the Download Windows 10 page, or having it show on the Windows Update servers. I think this particular goose is pretty much cooked. Thus, it looks like we really will see 2004 go public next week. Now the only questions are: Will it show up on Tuesday (May 26) in keeping with Microsoft’s seeming preference for “Tuesday drops” for OS releases and updates? Or, will it show upon Thursday (May 28), as so many rumors now circulating around the Internet insist?
My reply these questions: Who cares? It seems pretty certain that we’ll see 2004 sometime next week. Stay tuned.
[Note: here’s a shout-out to the eagle-eyed Rabia Noureen at OnMSFT.com, who was apparently the first person to spot and report on these files’ appearance. Good work!]
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