Last year Microsoft announced a major policy change to the Windows Insider project, and the new features in the “RS_PRERELEASE” branch that fast channels will receive in the future will no longer be connected to Windows 10’s twice-yearly feature updates, the latest version only indicating the current state of development. In other words, Microsoft will share the latest ideas and features with Insider members, but some features will not appear in the next feature update.
The version updates received by the Slow channel will cover only what will appear in the next Windows 10 feature update, and will elongate the test cycle to ensure that all BUGS can be fixed before it is released. The new strategy allows Microsoft to talk about the future of Windows without having to commit to a specific release schedule.
In the coming weeks and months, Microsoft will begin testing new features and ideas that may not be available in 2020. According to the latest report, the development of Windows 10 Version 2004 was completed in December 2019, followed by up to four or five months of testing to ensure that there were no leaks at the official launch.
Although there are not many other details, Windows 10 Build 19041 is considered a final candidate, and subsequent cumulative updates will be released on top of that release. It is important to note that Windows 10 Build 19041 has removed the preview watermark from the desktop, indicating that the update is nearing completion.
Microsoft has not commented on the Windows 10 Version 2004 “RTM” candidate version, and the 20H1 is sure to be further improved before it is officially released in the spring. After Windows 10 20H1, Microsoft is expected to launch Windows 10 20H2 in the second half of 2020, but it can be considered a cumulative update of the oversized size, as can be seen as Windows 10 Version 1909.
In 2020, Microsoft is actively developing a Windows 10X operating system for Surface Neo and other dual-screen PCs. Windows 10X may be completed by mid-2020 and possibly with Windows 10 20H2.
Changes included in Windows 10 20H2 will become part of Windows 10X, but Microsoft may not include them in the desktop version. For now, Microsoft will only push Windows 10X to dual-screen devices, but the technology giant says the system also applies to traditional laptops.
I believe that at the Build 2020 Developer Conference this spring, Microsoft will give us more confidence.