Windows 10 is not here yet, but Microsoft is ready to start work on the very first update for the new operating system, which, according to an unconfirmed report, could launch in 2016.
Codenamed Redstone, the very first Windows 10 update is expected to ship in two waves, one in June and another one in October 2016, both likely to be offered free of charge to all computers running the upcoming OS.
Right now, details are very vague and could obviously change before this update comes out, but Neowin is reporting that Redstone is projected to bring us all features that aren't ready for Windows 10. And yet, this very first update for Windows 10 is less likely to bring anything major, the report says.
Redstone could be living proof that Microsoft would no longer release stand-alone versions of Windows, but instead focus on updates that would be launched at a faster pace, whenever they are ready.
Windows 10 is said to be the latest stand-alone Windows version, as Microsoft would then adopt a model that's currently being used by Apple for Mac OS X: just one big stand-alone OS version with updates released yearly to make sure that new features and options arrive on computers running the software.
What's more interesting is that Redstone will also keep the Windows Insider program alive, as Microsoft is reportedly planning to continue developing new products in the same way it does with Windows 10.
This way, Redstone would also be based on user feedback even though it arrives after Windows 10. Microsoft will provide users with early access to updates and new features, so Redstone could indeed become available for those willing to try out unfinished software even earlier.
As you can see, there are plenty of unknown details right now, but with Redstone already on the table, it's pretty clear that Windows 10 work goes according to plan, and Microsoft is very confident that the new operating system would be here on time.
According to sources close to the matter, Windows 10 is projected to see daylight in the second half of 2015, most likely in August, while RTM is planned for June. This means that Redstone would be here approximately 12 months after the release of Windows 10, which once again confirms the new release model prepared by Microsoft for its operating system.