It's early 2020, and Microsoft is getting ready to release ... Windows 10 version 2004? No, that's not a typo, and no, we have not passed through some weird time warp to the previous decade.
Microsoft's next Windows 10 feature update follows the same yymm naming syntax as its predecessors (versions 1809, 1903, 1909, and so on). Version 2004 is scheduled for general release in April 2020 (yy=20, mm=04), making the confusing name inevitable. And let's not even talk about the even more baffling version 2010, which will arrive in the second half of 2020
Confusing names aside, this feature update has a lot to recommend it. Under the new Windows Update rules, version 2004 will be optional on a PC that's already running either of the 2019 feature updates. (For details, see "When will you get the next version of Windows 10? Here's how to take control.")Version 2004, formerly known as version 20H1
, has been available in a preview release for a long, long time -- nearly a full year. It's been feature complete since Dec. 10, 2019. You can install a preview release by joining the Windows 10 Insider Slow ring and then choosing the Stop Getting Preview Builds option, as shown here. https://www.zdnet.com/article/what-to-e ... sion-2004/