It's not a lot of surprise, but Microsoft officially made it today: The next update of the Windows 10 feature, the code name "Redstone 5", will be known as the Windows 10 October 2018 update. Microsoft will complete the specific building it will designate as the update in October 2018 in the coming weeks.
I'm saying this is not a surprise because Microsoft officials said they would roll out twice annual Windows 10 feature updates in spring and autumn each year. In particular, those who build this year are known as "1
Microsoft officials did not exactly specify what date the October October 2018 update will start to roll out. The Windows 10 April update began rolling out on April 30, 2018. The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, a k a Windows 10 1709, and began to roll out to regular users on October 17, 2017.
The update of the update in October 2018 will likely to be disguised, as in previous releases, with machines known to handle the new pieces that make them push them first.
Microsoft will also start rolling out server updates until October 2018 Update – Windows Server 1809 and Windows Server 2019 – same day in October as client building goes live.
The part of today's announcement that is a bit more surprising is that Microsoft still says that October 2018 Update will go to "nearly 700 million units" running Windows 10. Microsoft has used the same 700 million figure since March 2018 and has not given an updated momentum.
I asked a spokesman why Microsoft continues to use the "nearly 700 million" figure. Is it because Windows 10 deployment has stopped? Or because Redmond is done, gives us Windows 10 momentum updates? The official answer: "(The) nearly 700 million numbers are standing and that's all we have to share at this time."
My guess is that Microsoft can wait for a bigger event, such as the upcoming Ignite IT Pro conference at the end of September, to announce a new momentum. Any new blow is probably the result of corporate migration to Windows 10 at this point, instead of lots of new consumers. And larger transfers from Windows 7 to Windows 10, due to the end of Microsoft's support for Windows 7 in January 2020, may not have started seriously.
The update of Windows October 10, 2018 will include Cloud Clipboard, File Explorer Mode, a number of new Notepad features, and other tweaks and updates. It will also provide a variety of new security and corporate features, as well as a new Windows 10 Enterprise Remote Session edition. Microsoft will probably detail these business features at its Ignite show.
The next update of the Windows 10 feature, known as "19H1", is early tested now. It is expected to be finalized in March 2019 and begins to roll out to regular users starting in April 2019 if Microsoft adheres to its own schedule.