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Windows 10 “Redstone” update allegedly in works for 2016 release

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Windows 10 hasn’t launched yet, but Microsoft already has an update in the works. Codenamed “Redstone,” the first update for the operating system is allegedly set to debut in 2016.

Two anonymous internal sources confirmed that the company has entered the planning stages of the update. This comes after Microsoft stated that Windows is moving at a faster pace than in the past, according to Neowin. The “Redstone” codename comes from Minecraft, the popular video game recently acquired by Microsoft.

The company is maintaining a “no comment” stance on the alleged update, according to Engadget. However, it’s worth noting that “Redstone” will not be the next version of Windows. In short, it is meant to be an update, apart from patches that may come with Windows 10 after its release.

“Redstone” may include core features that won’t make it in time for the initial launch of Windows 10. Additionally, it is rumored to provide new functionality and support for devices that aren’t already a part of Windows 10. Items such as the Surface Hub and Windows Phone might be the targets for “Redstone.”

Microsoft announced on March 17 that Windows 10 will be launching in Summer 2015. It will initially debut in 190 countries in 111 languages.

An update to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, known as KB3035583, recently laid the foundation for existing devices to update to Windows 10, according to Myce. The Microsoft Support website states that it enables “additional capabilities for Windows Update notifications when new updates are available to the user.”

However, Myce examined a new folder added to System32 that shows nine new files and a folder named, “Download.” One of the four .EXE files, GWXUXWorker.EXE, points to downloading Windows 10.

The new operating system will be available for free for Windows 7 and 8 users to download within the first year of its launch.

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