Microsoft corporate vice president, Erin Chapple, announced during the IFA 2018 keynote in Berlin, that the next major Windows 10 update will release in October, and it won’t be called Redstone 5 as previously codenamed.
Windows 10 October Update
“I’m pleased to announce that our next feature update to Windows will be called the Windows 10 October 2018 Update,” announced Chapple. “With this update, we’ll be bringing new features and enhancements to the nearly 700 million devices running Windows 10 that help people make the most of their time. We’ll share more details about the update over the coming weeks.”
We don’t yet know the details of the October Update, but so far Microsoft indicated that it will include improvements to the Xbox Game bar and Game Mode, improvements for Microsoft Edge, a dark mode for File Explorer, a refined Snipping Tool, a cloud-powered clipboard that users can sync across different devices, and various bug fixes.
The October Update has already been in testing for around six months, and from those bug fixes and improvement reports, we know that the update will also include a fix for the Green Screen Of Death (GSOD) that some users experience when logging out or shutting down their PC.
Technically, the October Update is Windows 10 version 1089. Microsoft will, of course, first release the update to participants in the Windows Insider program, so I expect it to roll out after a short period of testing.
Microsoft releases two major Windows 10 updates a year, the previous Creator’s Update released in April, and it was a great improvement across the board for Windows 10. I had several issues with the previous Windows 10 update, and it wasn’t even a major one, but it did cause havoc for many users. In July, Microsoft announced that they will use machine learning to improve the update experience.
Windows 10 released just over three years ago, and since then we’ve gone through five updates; the November Update, Anniversary Update, Creators Update, Fall Creators Update, and April 2018 Update.
Microsoft is also reportedly already busy with the next major Windows 10 (codename 19H1) update that is expected to release in April next year.