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Microsoft Ready to Accelerate Windows 10 April 2020 Update Development

Microsoft will roll out a new feature update, called Windows 10 May 2019 Update, next month, so the company is getting ready to adjust its Windows Insider rings to align with development plans.

Microsoft will roll out a new feature update, called Windows 10 May 2019 Update, next month, so the company is getting ready to adjust its Windows Insider rings to align with development plans.

As a result, the software giant will accelerate the work on Windows 10 20H1, also referred to as April 2020 Update, so insiders in the Fast ring will get preview builds of this update too.

At this point, Windows 10 20H1 builds are only available for insiders enrolled in the Skip Ahead ring.

“With the Windows 10 May 2019 Update being shared to the Release Preview ring soon, we’re planning to move Windows Insiders in the Fast ring forward to 20H1. We will also be merging the small group of Insiders who opted-in to Skip Ahead back into the Fast ring. We are looking to make this change in the coming weeks,” Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc explained in a post this week.Windows 10 19H2More interesting is how Microsoft wants to use the Windows Insider program for the development of the next Windows 10 feature update.

While the 20H1 update is projected to launch in the spring of 2020, the next update is actually due in the fall of this year. Since both the Skip Ahead and the Fast rings will be used for the 20H1 update, the only option for Microsoft would be to ship 19H2 to insiders in the Slow ring, which means that the development could be slowed down a little bit.

Users in the Slow ring receive updates at a slower pace than the Fast ring.

“We will begin releasing 19H2 bits to Insiders later this spring and will talk more about what that will look like in the near future,” LeBlanc notes.

Insiders are recommended to check out the ring they are enrolled in by heading over to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program.
 
 
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The next feature update for Windows 10, the May 2019 Update, will be released at the end of May to the general public. The release and other decisions that Microsoft made in the recent past impact the Windows Insider program.

 

Microsoft published a short, and rather cryptic, post on the Windows Insider blog that suggests to users and administrators to check their Windows Insider Program settings.

 

Designed to give Windows users and administrators an option to test upcoming versions of Windows, it is used by Microsoft as a testing ground for bugs and issues.

 

get insider preview builds

 

The Insider Program for Windows features four different rings -- Skip Ahead, Fast, Slow, and Release  -- that determine which build of Windows 10 is available to the device.

 

Up until recently, these meant the following:

  • Skip Ahead -- Not open all the time, build of the next feature update that Microsoft is working on and not the soon-to-be-released one.
  • Fast Ring -- Latest builds of the soon-to-be-released Feature Update.
  • Slow Ring -- Same as fast, but not nearly as many builds and not latest.
  • Release Preview Ring -- Closest to current release version, last test before a release is pushed to Stable systems. Could be preview of a cumulative update or new feature update right before release.

Yesterday's announcement changes things:

  • Skip Ahead -- Will receive Windows 10 20H1 builds (Windows 10 2003), Windows 10 version 1909 is skipped.
  • Fast Ring -- Will also be moved to Windows 10 20H1 and not 19H2.
  • Slow Ring -- No changes.
  • Release Preview Ring -- Will receive the May 2019 Update soon. Unclear if devices will receive the April 2019 Cumulative Update firsts but considering that the update will be released next Tuesday, it seems unlikely.

In other words: if you are on the Fast Ring, you need to move to the Slow Ring or Release Preview Ring if you don't want to make the jump to next year's version of Windows 10 yet.

[..] we’re planning to move Windows Insiders in the Fast ring forward to 20H1. We will also be merging the small group of Insiders who opted-in to Skip Ahead back into the Fast ring. We are looking to make this change in the coming weeks.

Microsoft has not revealed how it plans to test the second feature update of 2019. With the Fast Ring on Windows 10 version 2003, it would fall to the Slow Ring to receive the 1909 builds exclusively if the company does not change things around later this year.

 

Microsoft plans to release "19H2 bits" to Insiders later this year.

 

Source: It is time to check Windows Insider Settings (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)

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