Redstone 5 is officially Windows 10 version 1809

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Microsoft released a new preview build of the OS through the Insider program. There are no new features besides the ones we already talked about. However, the one thing that changed is the official version number: Windows 10 version 1809.

Windows 10’s version numbers are based on the final version’s release date. The first two numbers are for the year and the last two for the month. 1809 translates into Sept. 2018, although it could be the date on which Insiders get the update.

Everybody seems to think the final version will be released to users in October as Windows 10 October 2018 Update. Microsoft is giving up Redstone codenames in favor of those based on dates, similar to the version numbers but a little more ambiguous. Following the same pattern, version 1903 would arrive in the spring of 2019.

Should Microsoft modify the update calendar?

Leaving aside the version numbers, this is the million dollar question. In contrast with the “service Packs” of previous systems, the Windows-as-a-service concept adopted for Windows 10 development has brought a series of changes in the way the system updates are delivered.

The two major yearly versions that are released in the spring and fall, besides the monthly security patches, keep the PC up to date in terms of drivers, hardware support and new features.

The problem with this is that those changes impact the system’s stability, as we saw with Windows 10’s current version. Windows 10 April 2018 Update came with lots of issues, freezing problems and bugs.

Releasing two major updates yearly is still happening. Windows 10 version 1809 will be delivered to Insiders next month, and Windows 10 October 2018 Update will be the final version released to the public in October. If you want to start testing the version (only in machines you are not actively using), you have to join the Windows Insider Program. If you want to know about the new features, you should take a look at our special covering Redstone 5.