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Microsoft Confirms Windows 10 October 2018 Update Names for Redstone 5

As expected, the upcoming Redstone 5 build will become the Windows 10 October 2018 Update when it launches as version 1809.


Over the last few months, when discussing , we have been calling the upcoming feature update the . However, the name was speculation (albeit calculated) as hadn't officially given Redstone 5 a name. Today, that has changed.

Microsoft has officially revealed Redstone 5 will indeed become the October 2018 Update. As the name suggests, the update will arrive in October. We already know some new additions to the platform include a cloud clipboard, dark theme, and Microsoft Edge improvements.

It's true that this Redstone release is slightly less packed than previous Redstone builds. It certainly does not feel as seismic as Redstone 2, the Creators Update.

As mentioned, we have been calling Redstone 5 the October 2018 Update for some time. Back in April, Microsoft announced Redstone 4 as the April 2018 Update. It showed the company had moved away from giving Windows 10 versions specific names. Instead, the month and year makes for a more efficient naming model.

We already know the October 2018 Update will be version 1809. Earlier this month, we explained how this version can be numbered for September but launch in October. Microsoft finalizing the version in one month and releasing it in the following month. That's how the company prepares Windows 10 updates, and we can look to the last major release for evidence.

Early RTM

The April 2018 Update was launched (late because of delays) in April, but its build number is Version 1803. It was finalized in March before being rolled out in April.

This week, Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 Preview build 17746, which could be the release to manufacturing (RTM) for Redstone 5. I speculated that the reason for an early RTM build is become Microsoft wants to avoid a delay.

The April 2018 Update was delayed due to unforeseen problems. With a month until Redstone 5 going public, Microsoft has time to avoid similar issues.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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