Microsoft is reopening the Windows Insider’s Skip Ahead program. The company hit the reset button for Skip Ahead earlier this month, removing everyone from the program.
The company is now letting new users join the Skip Ahead program, and if you were previously part of Skip Ahead, you will have to re-join the program. Microsoft is looking to start testing the next update for Windows 10 with Skip Ahead users, while it works on stabilising Redstone 5. Skip ahead users will receive Microsoft’s RS_PRERELEASE branch, which will include builds for Windows 10 19H1. And yes — Microsoft has ditched the “Redstone” codename for the next Windows 10 updates. They now include a much more meaningful naming system where the first two numbers represent the year of the update’s release, and the last two character represent the release period (first half or second half of the year).
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Skip Ahead is now open! #WindowsInsiders can now choose to “skip ahead” to the next feature update of Windows 10. Please note: Only a limited number of Insiders will be allowed to skip ahead and once that limit has been reached, Skip Ahead will be closed. pic.twitter.com/Uw1xvPntDf
— Windows Insider Program (@windowsinsider) July 23, 2018
Microsoft is likely going to start releasing Windows 10 19H1 builds to Insiders soon, so if you want to start testing the next version of Windows 10 before everyone else, make sure to enrol into Skip Ahead. Do note that Microsoft limits the number of users allowed in Skip Ahead, and you likely won’t be able to join the program if you don’t hurry up. The company is currently busy focusing on stabilising Redstone 5, which is set to later this year, sometime around September/October.