Microsoft must be getting this close to delivering the latest Windows 10 upgrade. Last week the company began what will likely be a long-running pitch of 2004, the four-digit label, to enterprises.

Joe Lurie, a Microsoft senior product marketing manager, kicked off the drumbeat in a March 10 post to a company blog. “Here is an early peek at the great commercial features coming later this year,” Lurie wrote, implying but not outright declaring that what he plumped would be contained in Windows 10 2004.

In the post, Lurie couched his list of enterprise features as currently accessible only via Windows Insider, specifically the often-overlooked Windows Insider for Business, the preview program spinoff Microsoft maintains.

Lurie touted several new commercial-grade features coming to Windows 10 in version 2004. Computerworld will focus on the ones most likely to make a difference in the enterprise. (They are not in order of importance; that’s a call we’re currently unwilling to make.)

Cloud download to reset Windows

“We’ve added the option to recover Windows 10 by downloading the necessary files from the cloud, resulting in increased reliability and, depending on your internet speed, a faster recovery,” wrote Lurie.

Earlier versions relied on existing local files to rebuild Windows when the “Reset this PC” option was triggered. With 2004, customers can instead download the same build, version and edition currently installed. User- or management-installed apps must be reinstalled, as does user data if the maximalist “Remove everything” setting is selected.

Using “Cloud download” makes the option unattractive to those without high-speed connections; the download will weigh in at almost 3GB.

Less down time, more efficient use of the network, during feature upgrades

“With Windows 10, version 2004, offline time continues to decrease, from a median time of over 80 minutes in version 1703, to less than 20 minutes in version 2004,” Lurie said.

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