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Windows 10 version 20H2 is near its release

Microsoft has announced that Windows 10, version 20H2, is ready for commercial validation. It is a one of the last steps for the company before it will push it to the stable branch.

Version 20H2 will be delivered to devices currently running Windows 10, version 2004 using an enablement package. This is the same technology Microsoft used to update devices from Windows 10, version 1903 to version 1909.

Windows 10 version 20H2 is a minor update with a smaller set of enhancements focused primarily on select performance improvements, enterprise features, and quality enhancements. Windows 10, version 20H2 will also be the first version of Windows 10 to include the new Microsoft Edge, based on Chromium. Windows 10, version 20H2 will be delivered in an optimized way. Anyone running the May 2020 Update and updating to Windows 10, version 20H2 will have a faster installation experience because the update will install like a monthly update.

Microsoft noted:

You can access Windows 10, version 20H2 through all standard outlets, including Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), and Azure Marketplace, or you can download an ISO file. If you manage updates directly from Windows Update, or have devices enrolled in the Beta Channel (previously the Slow ring) or the Release Preview Channel for validation purposes, you don’t need to take any action. Windows 10, version 20H2 will be automatically deployed to all commercial devices in the Beta and Release Preview Channels and those who have devices on Windows 10, version 2004 will get to experience the remarkably fast update that comes with moving from version 2004 to version 20H2 via an enablement package.

Earlier, Microsoft announced that it will use a bit different version numbering starting with 20H2. Microsoft will switch from to a format that represents the half of the calendar year in which the release becomes available in retail and commercial channels. The company had explained that for Windows 10 version 20H2 you will see "version 20H2" instead of "version 2009", as you could expect. This numbering scheme is a familiar approach for Windows Insiders and is designed to provide consistency in Microsoft's version names across releases for their commercial customers and partners. Microsoft will continue to use a friendly name, such as the May 2020 Update, in consumer communications.

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