After naming Windows 10 releases Halo and Minecraft, Microsoft decided to get serious. Windows 10's upcoming April 2019 update is codenamed 19H1. But, Microsoft has reportedly changed its mind and will embrace Marvel with "Vanadium" and "Vibranium" after that.
This news comes via Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley. Azure's naming conventions:
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 did not end up using that, as they'd already started interning internally and externally "19H1."
The 19H2 wants to 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 more than a bit of confusion, Google's use of that term. As a result, I'm hearing the team is likely to go 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.]  So it's not just about Marvel. The Windows 10 team wants to embrace element names, but who wants to release Windows 10 "Chromium"? Chromium is the open source project that forms the basis for Google Chrome, and Chromium OS is the open-source project that forms the basis for Chrome OS. The first release of Windows 10 and the original November update were codenamed "Threshold 1" and Threshold 2 "after the original planet from the first Halo game.
19659002] After that, Windows 10's Anniversary Update through the October 2018 update were codenamed Redstone 1 through Redstone 5. Redstone is a type of material in Minecraft that is used for crafting and creating circuits, so it makes sense. After all, Microsoft purchased Minecraft creator Mojang and now owns Minecraft.
After that, the Windows team abandoned cute codenames and switched to 19H1 for the upcoming release, which will make your PC faster. But they're once again switching to a new codename scheme with "Vanadium" and "Vibranium," released starting in October 2019. Vibranium is also what the Black Panther's suit is from the Marvel Universe, for the record.
It's worth noting that they are just development codenames. While the October 2018 update is named Redstone 5, Microsoft just calls it the October 2018 update when talking to normal windows users. The codename is used early in development for example, the in-development build of Windows 10 is currently called 19H1, but it will get a final name later. (That final name will probably be the "April 2019 update."
And the Surface team also uses element names for Surface device codenames, as Walking Cat points out on Twitter.
We still wish Microsoft would just name Windows 10 releases after dogs.
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