Microsoft Merges Fast Ring and Skip Ahead for Insiders, Releases New Build

Posted on April 10, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Windows, Windows 10 with 13 Comments

Microsoft is making some major changes to the Windows Insider program today. Now that the Windows 10 May 2018 Update is almost ready for the public, it’s focusing on the next major update for Windows 10. And no, that’s not Windows 10 19H2. It’s Windows 10 20H1.

As you may remember, Microsoft already announced the company is pushing Insiders forward to Windows 10 20H1, which is set to arrive for the public sometime in early 2020. As for 19H2, the company still hasn’t stated how those builds will be released and tested with Insiders, but I’m guessing it will ship those builds in the Slow Ring instead.

And so, yes, 20H1 is here for everyone now. Microsoft just merged both the Fast Ring and Skip Ahead, so if you were on Skip Ahead before, you will now be getting the same build as those on the Fast Ring.

The new build today is 18875, and it’s shipping for everyone on Skip Ahead and Fast Ring. In terms of features, there are some input-related improvements, though nothing too major apart from that.

So if you haven’t switched to the Release Preview program, you may want to try to do that now — else your device will be getting 20H1 builds which aren’t stable.

Going forward, it will be interesting to see how Microsoft deals with the 20H1/19H2 overlap. So far, it has been one confusing mess. Like usual, Microsoft is failing to communicate its intentions, and so everyone is a bit unsure about everything. Hopefully, though, most of these confusions will be addressed at Build 2019, where Microsoft is expected to talk about the next major update for Windows 10.

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