Microsoft to ditch codename Redstone in favor of a new format

By: Costea Lestoc
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Microsoft is reportedly considering ditching the codename Redstone for Windows 10 releases starting with the next year. In other words, after the launch of Redstone 5, the feature update set to come in the fall to Windows 10, the codename Redstone will reportedly be put to sleep.

This codename has been used by Microsoft for quite an extended period of time. It saw the world back in 2016 during the development of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Since then, it was used for all Windows 10 releases.

Microsoft set to move on to a new codename format

The company wants to start fresh from 2019 and find a new codename for Windows 10 updates. Rumors say that the company has already found a new codename that’s being considered: 19H1.

windows 10 19H1

If you’re wondering what on earth this means, we’ll shed some light on it right away. 19 comes from 2019 which is the year that marks the change in Windows 10 updates’ codenames, and H1 stands for the first update set for 2019 as in “first half” of 2019.

Judging by this, the second update for Windows 10 in 2019 will be codenamed as 19H2, the first update in 2020 will get the name 20H1, the second one, 20H2 and so on. This might even end up being useful, easier and more meaningful, even if it doesn’t sound as impressive as Redstone.

Microsoft does not come up with codenames for the public’s sake

You should be aware of the fact that Microsoft doesn’t create these codenames for the sake of regular users, so it’s not like their opinion on them matters too much. When the company addresses a future update for Windows 10, it rarely refers to it by its codename if the message is meant for regular users.

It’s simply “the next Windows 10 update”. These codenames are targeted more at Insiders who are dealing with all these Windows 10 Builds and have to keep track of them, to compare them and so on. And, for internal use, 19H1 sounds like a good start.

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