Microsoft’s latest feature update to Windows 10, the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, could go live on 2nd October, the same day Microsoft is expected to announce new Surface hardware.
As reported by Neowin and Windows Latest, electronic software delivery (ESD) images were uploaded to Pastebin, with a release date of “20181002,” or 2nd October 2018. Windows Central is also reporting that the current Windows 10 Insider version, version 17763, has been signed off as the final version of the October 2018 Update.
Microsoft has already issued invitations for an event on 2nd October in New York City, where the company is expected to release new Surface devices, including iterations of the Surface Laptop and Surface Pro tablets. Neither device is expected to include specific features that would demand the new version of the operating system, though Microsoft has in the past tried to keep its new hardware and OS revisions in sync.
Of course, it’s still not guaranteed that Microsoft will unveil the October 2018 Update at the 2nd October event. Microsoft has previously delayed releases when bugs have been discovered. The prior Windows 10 update, called the April 2018 Update, squeaked in at the very end of April.
What this means for you: The Windows October 2018 Update may be relatively minor, but new Surface hardware is always an opportunity for Microsoft to set the tone for the next generation of Windows devices.