Microsoft Begins Testing Next Major Windows 10 Update with 19H1

Microsoft has announced it’s rolling out a new build of Windows 10 to Insiders for testing purposes. This time around, we’re getting our very first glimpse at the next major Windows 10 upgrade, the successor to what’s currently known as Redstone 5 which will come out later this year. This new version is known as 19H1, with build number 18204 now available for evaluating on PCs.

According to Microsoft, there are two major new features added to the system so far. The first involves Mixed Reality, the company’s AR/VR platform. With 19H1, users can use a new feature called Flashlight to peer into the real world while in an immersive experience. The company will utilize a projection created by cameras mounted within a compatible headset to let you see the world around you in case, say, you wanna reach for your phone or need somewhere to place your controllers. The feature can be triggered via the Start menu, a button shortcut, or a certain voice command.


The second new feature involves emoji. Microsoft is adding 157 new emoji to Windows as a part of Unicode 11. You’ll now find new emojis including a pirate flag, a llama, superheroes, redheads, and more within the system.

As far as under-the-hood improvements go, you have your normal array of bug fixes and security enhancements, but there’s also a new way Windows will handle upgrading your PC automatically. According to Dona Sarkar, Microsoft is introducing a new way the system predicts when you aren’t using your computer so it can install any waiting upgrades. Using machine learning, Windows will be able to tell when you’re actually done on your computer rather just getting up to grab a cup of coffee or want to take a short break.

Have you ever had to stop what you were doing, or wait for your computer to boot up because the device updated at the wrong time? We heard you, and to alleviate this pain, if you have an update pending we’ve updated our reboot logic to use a new system that is more adaptive and proactive. We trained a predictive model that can accurately predict when the right time to restart the device is. Meaning, that we will not only check if you are currently using your device before we restart, but we will also try to predict if you had just left the device to grab a cup of coffee and return shortly after.

Sarkar goes on to say how Microsoft has been internally testing this new model from which they’ve seen “promising results upon rollout.”

Due to the nature of its architecture, we’re able to update the model with minimal turnaround time based on our insights from its performance. It’s all thanks to our cloud infrastructure.

It remains unclear whether this will actually fix the Windows 10 update problems many users face, but only time will tell so we’ll need to let this one ride out.

Those who have opted into the Skip Ahead ring can expect to receive the first build of 19H1 soon. For everyone else, you’ll be testing Windows 10 build 17723 as a part of Redstone 5. If you’re curious to know when 19H1 will be released, hence its codename, it’ll come out during the first half of 2019.