'Redstone' is the rumored code name for the next major Windows update in 2016 [Update]

A new report claims Microsoft is using the code name "Redstone" for the next major update to Windows. It says that it will be released sometime in 2016 but details about what will be included have yet to be revealed.

The story comes from Neowin, citing unnamed sources. It adds that the Redstone name is also used in the popular game Minecraft, which is now owned by Microsoft. In case you are not familiar with the sandbox-themed game, Redstone is a circuit that can be made in Minecraft to activate or control mechanisms.

Microsoft used the code name "Blue" internally while it developed Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 famously used the code name Threshold while it was being made before Microsoft revealed its official label in the fall of 2014. If the next big update for Windows does indeed come out in 2016, or about a year after the launch of Windows 10, it's likely that it will be a jump in features similar what Windows 8.1 was like.

Update: ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley has posted some additional information from her own unnamed sources about Microsoft's post-Windows 10 updates. She reports that the company will launch a minor Windows 10 feature update sometime in the fall of 2015 a few months after Windows 10's summer launch.

As far as the 2016 update, Foley says it won't change the numbering of Windows 10. She adds:

"Redstone will just be a larger update than the others and will provide new functionality and support for new classes of devices that aren't already part of Windows 10, so the supposed thinking goes""My sources say the Windows Insiders program will continue throughout the Threshold/Redstone development/delivery/deployment timeframe, meaning Microsoft will continue to provide early test builds of not just the monthly updates, but the larger updates to Windows 10, too, into next year, and possibly beyond."

Source: Neowin

John Callaham