Microsoft Issues Another 20H1 Skip Ahead Build

Posted on March 13, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 11 Comments

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Microsoft has delivered Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18855 to Insiders testing Windows 10 20H1 in Skip Ahead.

“Today we are releasing 20H1 build 18855 to Windows Insiders who have opted into Skip Ahead,” Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar announced. “Remember, these builds are from the 20H1 development branch. Some things we are working on in 20H1 require a longer lead time. We will begin releasing 19H2 bits to Insiders later this spring after we get 19H1 nearly finished and ready; once 19H1 is ‘nearly finished and ready’ we’ll also use the Release Preview ring for previews of drivers and quality updates on 19H1.”

Oh, the contorted language that Microsoft must use since it refuses to use well-understood terms like “release candidate” and “release to manufacturing.” Ah well.

In any event, build 18855 appears to track, feature- and fix-wise, very closely to last week’s Windows 10 Insider Preview build 18353, in that it adds the same several features to Windows Sandbox. We’re obviously just in a holding pattern for now until 19H1 is officially completed. Sorry, “nearly finished and ready.” It will happen eventually.

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Comments (11)

11 responses to “Microsoft Issues Another 20H1 Skip Ahead Build”

  1. Winner

    ...because the fast ring, slow ring, and many Windows OS options weren't enough complexity to support.

  2. Dan1986ist

    Notepad now automatically restores unsaved content when Windows restarts for updates. Wonder how that works?

  3. unfalln

    NFAR is the new RTM!

  4. jimchamplin

    Why the need to be so coy? They seem to act like they think it's cute that they don't have RCs and RTMs anymore when in reality...


    ... they do.

  5. hrlngrv

    FWLIW, 20H1 launches and runs Office 365 far more sluggishly than 19H1 did. I'm beginning really to regret opting into 20H1 builds.

  6. Tony Barrett

    I like this site, and the articles are generally good, but by god, Windows 10 is now becoming tiring. Build after build after patch after upgrade after patch after another 'insider' release. Round and round we go. Anyone want to get off yet? Life is just too short too be that bothered about an OS Microsoft are intent on ramming down your throat at every opportunity. Do something that's life improving - not soul destroying.

  7. CloneURpeople2

    For the likely majority here too young to have heard about, or read, the Pulitzer-winning The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder, 1981, it gives great insights into the subculture that begat the entire small computer era. Great quotable stuff, like "Not everything worth doing is worth doing well," or "If you can do a quick-and-dirty job and it works, do it." Among other aspects, it is easy to see that the old paradigm of tedious, time-consuming de-bugging evolved into "beta-testing," where companies use their vast customer base as free employees, where sheer person-hours are needed to troubleshoot issues that would bankrupt any business paying labor to do the same task in-house. Y'all here are fulfilling this function for Microsoft, except that the level of expertise seems to be morphing into Mark Twain's assessment of a politician: "A mile wide, and an inch deep." With thousands of participants doing its grubby dirty work for free, MS gets what it pays for - and so do the rest of us, by living with the never-ending end results. How many are going to proudly strut around, wearing that sticky badge denoting them as "Microsoft Insider"? Makes Geek Squad sound like Nobel material.

  8. shakib khan

    Thanks for the valuable information and good

  9. arcapers

    Thanks for such a valuable Information

  10. JaviAl

    Microsoft must refuses to use the well-understood terms like “release candidate” and “release to manufacturing.” because none of Microsoft products since 2012 has a "release candidate” or “release to manufacturing” quality. Also Microsoft announce that Windows Server 2019 will never be RTM because not have the quality, stability and realibility to be RTM. Windows 2000 Beta 2 has more quality and stability than any Windows 10 version.


    Quality and Microsoft since 2013 are incompatible words from the new Microsoft. From the new Microsoft, quality updates means that fix one bug creating 10 new bugs. It's the same as when Microsoft refers to "recommendations" or "suggestions", it really means "Ads, Adware or Spam" like "Telemetry" it really means "Spying, Spyware".

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