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Windows 10 April 2019 Update (version 1903) is approaching the finalization phase and as we get closer to the final version of the update, more details of the future updates have been revealed.

After the release of Windows 10 19H1 (April 2019 Update), Microsoft will start focusing more on the next version of the OS, with substantial changes on the radar. In this article, we’re are going to discuss what comes after Windows 10 April 2019 Update and when they are expected to ship.

Windows 10 April 2019 Update (19H1, version 1903)

Windows 10 April 2019 Update, also known as version 1903 and codenamed 19H1, is scheduled to ship in April 2019. Windows 10 April 2019 Update is the next big release and it is currently available for users part of the Windows Insider program in the Fast Ring.

Windows 10 19H1 could be finalized in March 2019 and it will be released to devices as part of the gradual rollout beginning with April, as it happens every year.

Windows 10 version 1903 comes with several important changes, including Windows Sandbox which is a new feature to test untrusted software. It also introduces a light theme which brings a new visual makeover to the Start menu, Taskbar, Action Center and other core elements.

Light Start menu

In terms of general improvements, the update introduces more Fluent Design refinements, Start menu enhancements for better performance, Windows Update changes and more.

Windows 10 19H2

Once Windows 10 version 1903 (19H1) is released, Microsoft will begin testing Windows 10 19H2 builds with Insiders in the Fast Ring.

The codename of the update is 19H2 and it indicates its release timeline. In term 19H2, the 19 stands for the year, while H2 represents the second half of the year. The update is supposed to go live in October 2019 as Microsoft has used a similar timeline for the updates released in 2018 and 2017.

Cortana new look

In terms of features, the update might come bundled with a new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser which will replace the current Edge browser, Fluent Design refinements and new features.

Windows 10 20H1

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Next is the Windows 10 20H1 which could be finalized in March and get released to the public in April 2020. For some reasons, Microsoft has begun testing the Windows 10 20H1 builds with Insiders already.

In a blog post, Microsoft explained that some of the features that it has been evaluating internally require a longer lead time. By testing the Windows 10 20H1 one year ahead of its release, the company will have more time to achieve its goal.

“These builds are from the 20H1 development branch. Some things we are working on in 20H1 require a longer lead time,” Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar, head of the Windows Insider program explained.

It’s not known what Windows 10 20H1 will introduce and it’s too early to discuss what is expected to come in the long term.

  • Vivek Tiwari

    Microsoft hasn’t revealed what users can expect from Windows 10 19H2, which should launch in October 2019.

    The codename of the update is 19H2

    The update is supposed to go live in October 2019 as Microsoft has used a similar timeline for the updates released in 2018 and 2017.

    Codenamed 19H2, Windows 10’s late 2019 update is expected to begin rolling out to the general public in October 2019.

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    • Mayank Parmar

      Sorry, that was a mistake on editor’s part and it has been fixed. Thanks!

  • darius

    Are they ever gonna add back the Windows Classic look? I miss it so much :(

    • John DN

      There is an alternative I use that I’d say is better, search for ‘Classic Shell’ which you can get at no cost (or you can make a donation if you like it).

  • elboyero

    In that new update they would try to solve the issue with the PC camera

    • Dave Childs

      maybe talk to the vendor of your camera?

  • Dave Childs

    Maybe talk to your laptop vendor?

  • I only want the Chromium-based browser and a better full-system dark mode.