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  • Windows Insider Skip Ahead Ring goes bye-bye

    Posted on November 6th, 2019 at 06:22 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Rings within Rings….

    Those of you confused by the Release Preview Ring/Slow Ring/Fast Ring/Skip Ahead Ring nonsense in Microsoft’s marketing beta program will have one fewer ring to fret in the coming weeks.

    The official announcement:

    Hello Windows Insiders, today we’re releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19018 (20H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.

    Starting today, Windows Insiders who have opted into Skip Ahead are being migrated back into the Fast ring. This means that Skip Ahead will no longer be reflected under Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program. Going forward, we will not be offering Skip Ahead as an option for Insiders to sign-up for. Our goal is to provide everyone in the Fast ring the freshest builds at the same time.

    Skip Ahead has always been a kludge, necessitated by Microsoft’s simultaneous testing of 1903 (in Preview), various features of 1909, and 2003 (or whatever 20H1 will be called). They needed another Ring.

    Now, with 20H1 expected to hit RTM shortly and 20H2 not too far behind, look for 20H2 in the Fast Ring.