Next Windows 10 updates reportedly codenamed 'Vanadium' and 'Vibranium'

Earlier this year Microsoft dropped its "Redstone" codename for Windows 10 updates, shifting over to a new format after five releases. The next update on the horizon currently goes by 19H1, identifying its planned public release in the first half of 2019. However, another change is reportedly underway at Redmond, adopting a new system for next year's second update.

As reported by ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, the next Windows 10 update will be codenamed "Vanadium," amid a shift to element-themed codenames. Next on the list is reportedly "Vibranium" – the fictional metal used to create Captain America's iconic shield. The report claims Microsoft will use elements as they appear in the periodic table, however, given Google's ties to "Chromium," Vibranium will take center stage.

Microsoft has cycled through several codenames over Windows 10's lifetime, starting with "Threshold" updated based on its Halo video games. Redstone clearly derived from its blocky-adventure franchise, Minecraft, before 19H1 restored some order to the system. With closer ties to the Microsoft Azure team, it appears to two divisions will share codenames after 19H1 releases.

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Matt Brown

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.