Microsoft To Deliver Windows 10 19H2 as a Cumulative Update

Microsoft today announced Windows 10 19H2 is rolling out to Insiders in the Slow ring. The company also clarified the reasons for the peculiar release cycle.

Microsoft today announced it is going to start rolling out Windows 10 19H2 to Insiders in the Slow ring as build 18362.1000. This is the beta for the upcoming feature update for October. Microsoft has been releasing its Insider builds in an untraditional way this year.

Currently, Insiders have been testing the Windows 10 20H1 which is the feature update the company is rolling out next spring. It contains “a scoped set of features for select performance improvements, enterprise features, and quality enhancements,” according to the announcement.

Microsoft Releases Windows 10 19H2

This new build will be similar to a cumulative update, which the company rolls out monthly. Here is a look at what is included in the new build according to Microsoft:

  • Insiders will need to be in the Slow ring and on the May 2019 Update to receive 19H2 bits.
  • 19H2 will be delivered to Insiders in the Slow ring via servicing as a Cumulative Update and not full build updates.
  • Some Insiders may not see the new features right away as we perform controlled feature rollouts (CFRs) to gain better feedback on overall build quality.
  • Specific to CFRs, we may ship features in these updates turned off by default and turn them on independently of bits getting downloaded to Insiders’ PCs.

The company says that even though it’s being released via the Slow ring, it will “publish blog posts for each of these flights and include information on anything new and notable and any known issues that might be included.”

Microsoft didn’t provide a firm release date for the official rollout. However, it did say it’s targeted for September. Microsoft’s John Cable also clarified this build in a second blog post saying:

The next feature update for Windows 10 (known in the Windows Insider Program as 19H2) will be a scoped set of features for select performance improvements, enterprise features and quality enhancements. To deliver these updates in a less disruptive fashion, we will deliver this feature update in a new way, using servicing technology (like the monthly update process) for customers running the May 2019 Update who choose to update to the new release. In other words, anyone running the May 2019 Update and updating to the new release will have a far faster update experience because the update will install like a monthly update.

Basically, it appears the new update for this fall is a cumulative update and won’t include any new features. Instead, you can think of it as a Service Pack for Windows 10 1903 May 2019 Update.

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