News ID: 238997
Published: 1155 GMT February 17, 2019

Microsoft testing a huge new version of Windows 10

Microsoft testing a huge new version of Windows 10

Microsoft is already testing a huge new version of Windows 10 that is set to debut in the first half of 2020, a new announcement from the tech giant confirmed.

Windows 10 is Microsoft's computer operating system that typically receives two substantial updates every year, wrote.

In 2018, these arrived in April and October respectively.

The next anticipated overhaul of the operating system is expected to arrive for fans in April and is codenamed 19H1.

Before it debuts final editions of new software versions, Microsoft releases preview builds of the operating system to those that are part of its Insider program.

Ahead of 19H1's arrival, the tech behemoth has released multiple Insider preview builds of the software to users, offering a tantalizing glimpse into the new features it will bring to the table.

The most notable of these include the addition of Windows Sandbox, a ‘simplified’ Start layout and more.

It is expected after 19H1, that is presumed to be called the Windows 10 April 2019 Update, Microsoft will release its second notable upgrade of the year, 19H2, towards the end of 2019.

Although the Redmond-based firm has not yet started testing for 19H2, it recently declared it is already testing Windows 10 version 20H1.

20H1 is expected to debut in the first half of 2020.

Microsoft said it was releasing an Insider preview build of the forthcoming version because it requires a ‘longer lead time’.

Explaining the decision on February 14, Microsoft said: "Today we are releasing a new build to Insiders who have opted into Skip Ahead.

"These builds are from the 20H1 development branch. Some things we are working on in 20H1 require a longer lead time."

Microsoft noted it plans to release builds for Windows 10 version 19H2 ‘later this spring’.

The firm went on: "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."

It is worth noting while Microsoft has released a build for Windows 10 version 20H1, the company has not yet announced any new features the software will tout.

It is assumed these will be revealed as the release of the final software draws closer.

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