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Microsoft is already planning the first big Windows 10 update

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system won’t be fully released until this summer, but the firm is already laying the groundwork for the first major software update, reports on Tuesday claim.

Neowin says the the 2016 Windows update will be codenamed Redstone, after the building materials used in the Minecraft game Microsoft purchased for $2.5 billion in September 2014.

According to two internal sources, Microsoft has entered the initial planning stages for the Redstone update.

It is not known when the update will launch, but it is unlikely to offer any major changes, given the overhaul kickstarted by Windows 10.

Microsoft has developed a penchant for using codenames for products in recent years. After all, Windows 10 was known by its Threshold codename prior to the official announcement, while the Windows 8.1 boost was originally called Blue.

As Neowin points out, Microsoft has also chosen monickers like Cortana and Spartan from the Halo universe, but this is the first time inspiration has been taken from Minecraft.

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While it isn’t surprising that Microsoft is already working on - or at least thinking about - the next step for Windows 10 following the consumer release, the revelation of the Redstone codename gives us something on which to hang our hats.

Any mentions of Redstone spotted internally at Microsoft are likely to contain word on the 2016 feature set.

Prem Desai

April 8, 2015, 6:28 am

Not sure if this is really newsworthy.

Of course they're planning updates. They will also be planning Windows 11 (or 15 or whatever number they can come up with). Why wouldn't they?

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