Earlier this year, Microsoft management split the Windows division in half, moving Windows engineering into the same group as Azure engineering. It was only a matter of time until Windows and Azure would start sharing the same codenaming scheme, right?
The April 2019 release of Windows client, codenamed Windows 10 19H1, is not using the Azure naming convention. But the release after 19H1 -- due around October 2019 or so -- will, my sources say.
The Azure team uses the elements for codenames. The current Azure codename for the 19H1 deliverables is "Titanium," (Ti) I hear, but the Windows client team didn't end up using that, as they'd already started employing internally and externally "19H1."
The Windows 10 feature release that some of us were expecting to be called 19H2 will actually be called "Vanadium," (V) my contacts say, in keeping with the Azure naming scheme. If the team sticks with the order of the table of elements, the first Windows feature release in 2020 would be called "Chromium" (Cr). Obviously, that could create for more than a bit of confusion, given Google's use of that term. As a result, I'm hearing the team is likely going with a made-up element name for that release, likely "Vibranium." (Vibranium is what Captain America's shield is made out of, as I've been schooled.)
I've asked Microsoft to confirm the Vanadium and Vibranium codenames for the coming releases of Windows, but no word back so far. (I'm not holding my breath.) Update: A spokesperson said Microsoft had no comment.
A quick refresher on the Windows 10 feature update codenames to date:
- Threshold 1: Windows 10/1507
- Threshold 2: Windows 10 November Update/1511
- Redstone 1: Windows 10 Anniversary Update/1607
- Redstone 2: Windows 10 Creators Update/1703
- Redstone 3: Windows 10 Fall Creators Update/1709
- Redstone 4: Windows 10 April 2018 Update/1803
- Redstone 5: Windows 10 October 2018 Update/1809
- 19H1: Windows 10 April 2019 Update/1903 (?)
The codename Threshold, for those wondering, derives from the planet around which the first halo ring orbited in the original Halo game launched back in 2001. The Redstone codename came from Minecraft, which Microsoft acquired when it bought Mojang.
Even though "Redstone 5," a k a the Windows 10 October Update/1909 still has yet to re-materialize, planning and codenames don't stand still.
Also: What is the best way to reinstall Windows 10? TechRepublic
Update: As The Walking Cat on Twitter reminded me, the Surface team also seems to have been using the elements, as well, as some of their codenames. Among the codenames for the latest Surface devices were "Caprock," "Croton" and "Forks," which correspond with the Ca, Cr and F chemical elements, The Cat pointed out.
Previous and related coverage:
You've just upgraded to the most recent version of Windows 10. Before you get back to work, use this checklist to ensure that your privacy and security settings are correct and that you've cut annoyances to a bare minimum.
You've got a new PC running Windows 10 Home. You want to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. Here's how to get that upgrade for free. All you need is a Pro/Ultimate product key from an older version of Windows.
Microsoft is putting the mobile versions of its Office applications for Windows on the back burner, and is instead prioritizing development for the Win32 and web versions of those applications.
Consumer Reports is restoring its 'recommended' designation for the Surface Laptop, Pro and Book 2, but is not awarding it to the Surface Go.
- Windows 10: A cheat sheet TechRepublic
- Microsoft's obsession with Windows is ending CNET
- Top Windows 10 questions: How to install, secure, upgrade, get it for free
- Here's how Microsoft plans to milk more profits out of its cash cow
- Windows 10 tip: Disable annoying app notifications
- Microsoft is bringing the Robot Operating System to Windows 10
- Here's how we're hitting back at fileless malware, says Microsoft
- New Windows 10 preview updates sign-in screen
- Windows 10 October 2018 Update: Microsoft hustles to kill bugs
- PC sales might actually grow next year, thanks to Windows 10