Technology Here's the real reason Microsoft is already testing publicly next spring's Windows 10 release

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    Ever since Microsoft recently began testing Windows 10 20H1 -- its Windows 10 feature update that isn't expected to start rolling out to mainstream users until April 2020 -- there's been lots of speculation about why Microsoft is doing this so early. Microsoft's Windows Insider team has made some vague references to some things being worked on requiring a longer lead time. But I'm hearing from my contacts the real reason is much more mundane: It's about aligning schedules between Azure and Windows engineering.

    On February 14, Microsoft released a "Skip Ahead" Windows 10 test build that officials said was from the Windows 10 20H1 development branch. They did this even though Windows 10 19H1 still isn't done.

    Some people wondered if this was a sign Microsoft might be moving to one Windows 10 feature update per year (nope). Others wondered if this was because of complexities around separating the Edge browser from Windows 10, as Microsoft is doing with its upcoming Chromium-based Edge release (also nope). And some others guessed the super-early 20H1 code drop was related to Windows Lite, the rumored version of Windows that looks nothing like Windows (still nope, I hear).

    Instead, here's what my sources say is happening.



    Read more here. (ZDNet)

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