Microsoft taps Windows 10 2004 as ‘May Update,’ preps for release next month

Microsoft on Thursday gave the newest Windows 10 upgrade a name, calling it the “May 2020 Update,” signaling that it will launch the refresh next month.

Computerworld had argued that Microsoft would be better served, and better serve customers, if it pushed back the release of Windows 10 2004, the four-digit label it had assigned earlier, by several months. The COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on businesses, notably a massive shift to working at home, the argument went, had so stretched IT resources that adding a Windows upgrade risked breakdowns or even catastrophic failure of core business tools.

If Microsoft ever entertained a delay, it clearly rejected the idea.

“We are now getting the Windows 10 May 2020 Update (20H1) ready for release,” wrote Brandon LeBlanc, a senior program manager on the Windows Insider team, in an April 16 post to a company blog. “We believe that Build 19041.207 is the final build and we will continue to improve the overall experience of the May 2020 Update on customers’ PCs as part of our normal servicing cadence.”

Microsoft began delivering build 19041.207 to a subset of Windows Insider’s Release Preview ring, the channel that provides testers the most stable code. More Insider participants will receive 19041.207 as time goes by. Insiders can also manually trigger an upgrade to this build.

LeBlanc did not hint at a specific availability date for Windows 10 May 2020 Update’s final, polished code. One obvious date would be May 12, that month’s Patch Tuesday. Of the last three Windows 10 feature upgrades, two started shipping on the month’s Patch Tuesday.

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