Microsoft is currently updating Windows 10 to the latest version of 2004 with the screwdriver, or the May 2020 Update, and it’s one of the longest awaited updates, and for good reason. The current version of the operating system, also known as version 1909 or November 2019 Update, is just a minor update that brought changes for the most part under the hood, with only a few new features for Windows 10 users.
Described as a “Service Pack”, the 1909 version of Windows 10 ushered in a new launch strategy for Microsoft, as many thought the company would move to a new plan that would come down to major updates to Windows 10 features in the spring, then minor versions in the fall.
And, it looks like the same approach will be used this year as well, as the fall 2020 update may be just another kind of service pack.
WindowsLatest spotted evidence that Windows 10 update in fall 2020 would come with an activation package, which means that Microsoft would introduce smaller changes for users who would then be activated by the company gradually. This is the same approach that was used for the 1909 version and that makes the last two updates to Windows 10 almost identical, except for the changes activated by this activation package.
What Microsoft is doing is preloading items for the next update after May 2020 Update, which can then be activated by pressing this activation button each time the 20H2 deployment starts later in the year .
The latest Windows 10 Version 2004 CU (.264) contains early hints towards the H2 update that’s in the works. If a package called Microsoft-Windows-20H2Enablement is present while installing the newest CU, Version 2009, Build 19042 is what you’ll be greeted with in winver. pic.twitter.com/co1CL22rQL
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While we can’t get carried away at the moment – because it’s not a confirmation from Microsoft, or anything concrete – it now seems very likely that the 20H2 update will be a minor update, which raises another question: will it be like this every year, with a major update followed by a smaller one? If Microsoft plans to permanently switch to one major update per year, it will obviously have to be careful that this prospect is not disappointing for those who could see a slowdown in the development of new features for Windows 10.
It remains to be seen whether Microsoft actually plans to use this approach for the 2009 version of Windows 10, but so far, all signs seem to point in the right direction. And at some level, it really makes sense, because the “Service Packs” would supposedly add to the overall Windows 10 experience, which comes in handy after major updates focused entirely on new features.