Windows 10's next big update, Redstone 3, hits the radar


Think of the site as an early warning system for new versions of Windows. Earlier this week, a brand-new version of Win10 got caught in the BuildFeed flypaper. Build 10.0.15141.1000 (rs_prerelease.170219-2340) appears to be the first in a new line of Win10 releases, code-named “Redstone 3.”

When fully developed, Redstone 3 will supplant the Win10 version currently in beta, the Creators Update aka version 1703 (“Redstone 2”). Look for the coming out ceremony later this year.

If Microsoft continues its current pace of releasing every eight months or so, Redstone 3 will likely hit in October or November. Given the pressure to get new releases out prior to the holiday buying season, I think it likely that Redstone 3 will end up as version 1710 (as in October 2017) or possibly 1709 or 1711.

We knew it was coming. Earlier this week, multitudes of Windows blogs bloviated over the discovery of a slide in a Ch9 video from at Microsoft’s Ignite Australia conference. (Look at 22 to 24 minutes, if you’re really interested.) The slide shows that Microsoft plans on shipping another version of Windows 10 in late 2017.

about plans to slip another version out this year. Win10 has received version bumps every eight months or so since the first bump appeared four months after the original version of Win10. This continues the trend.

(A cynical soul might note that the “Pilot” bars in the slide correspond to the time after a version has been released, but before it’s declared Current Branch for Business. That’s the period after new versions go to the unwashed masses, but before they’re anointed as being business-ready.)

We were originally told that Win10 version changes (“feature updates”) would appear two to three times a year. Two weeks ago, Dani Halfin posted on TechNet in his :

Windows as a service will deliver smaller feature updates two to three times per year

The rhythm now is definitely set at eight months, give or take a bit. That would equate to two versions of Win10 in 2017 and one in 2018.

, but it didn’t make the Creators Update. “With Windows My People, you can pin your favorite contacts to the Windows task bar and easily drag and drop any document, photo or video right on top of the contact for easy sharing. You can receive unique notifications, Shoulder Taps, and easily view and open emails, IMs, shared documents and more, all in one place.”

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