Microsoft moving Fast ring Insiders to Windows 10 20H1 testing soon
Fast ring Insiders will soon join the Skip Ahead branch in testing Windows 10 update 20H1.
Microsoft today announced that Windows Insiders on the Fast ring will soon join their Skip Ahead counterparts in testing the Windows 10 20H1 update. When Fast ring Insiders move to 20H1 testing, the current group of Skip Ahead testers will be merged into the Fast ring as well, Microsoft says.
The announcement comes as Microsoft prepares to ship the Windows 10 May 2019 Update to the Release Preview ring ahead of its full release in May. "If you are an Insider who wishes to remain on the May 2019 Update – you will want to switch to the Slow ring now or the Release Preview ring once it receives the May 2019 Update," Microsoft said in the blog post announcing the move.
In moving the Fast ring directly to testing the 20H1 update, Microsoft is skipping past the 19H2 update, which is expected to launch in the second half of this year. The company still has plans to test that update, but we'll have to wait to hear exactly how that process will work.
"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," Microsoft says.
There's no firm date for when Fast ring Insiders will move to 20H1 testing, but Microsoft says it is planning to make the change "in the coming weeks." Meanwhile, the May 2019 Update is expected to spend a month with Release Preview testers before beginning its public rollout.
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