If the forecasts are met, Windows 10 will start receiving 20H1 in a few days, probably between May 26 and 28. We have been waiting for this update for a while, which we talked to you about long and hard a few weeks ago. Minor update for some, important improvement for others, it undoubtedly adds an important list of novelties, although it is also true that none of them represents a huge advance over what has been known so far.

Thus, it is normal that the bug of curiosity begins to itch and we begin to ask ourselves what will come later, that is, when and how will the next great change in the operating system be. Even I, a Mac user for years, am very interested in knowing the next steps of Windows 10. And I think that in just over a month it’s probably already let’s start having the first news about it. Why? Due to Microsoft’s carelessness.

Yes, Redmond folks recently posted, on their Windows Subsystem for Linux channel, information on upcoming enhancements, such as support for DxCore, D3D12, DirectML, and Nvidia CUDA. Everything normal so far, but the surprise arrives when reading the text shown below:

«The Fast ring is currently on our Manganese (Mn) OS branch. We expect the Fast ring to switch over to our Iron (Fe) branch toward the later part of June which will expose this new functionality to Insiders.»

Currently, Microsoft is naming the various development branches of Windows 10 with elements from the periodic table, and currently (and this includes 20H1) we are in the Manganese (Mn) branch. However, and according to that company publication, the forecasts are to change branches, in the quick ring of preview, going from Manganese to Iron (Fe) at the end of June. Something that, from that very moment, the insiders can start to check.

Microsoft’s post was quickly edited, so if you check it now you won’t find any reference to this change. However, a visit to the archive.org time machine allows us to check what the entry was originally like. If you want to check it for yourself, you just have to open both documents and review the second paragraph of the Coming to WDDMv2.9 section.

This, of course, does not mean that we already know what news the great Windows update will bring us, expected for next year, but it does confirm that the machine is running, that with 20H1 the beginning of the end of Manganese will begin, and that sometime in 2021 Windows 10 will enter its iron age.

What do you think we can expect from the great Windows 10 update of 2021? Do you think that, as some analysts anticipate, the start menu will be a key element in this change? What would you ask the Redmond for the next Windows?