Microsoft to switch the Windows Insider Fast Ring to 20H1 builds soon, so what happens to 19H2?

Next week the 19H1/ Windows 10 May 2019 Update will go to the Release Preview ring and later next month will be released to general Windows users. So if you want to stay on the May 2019 Update you can switch to the Slow or Release Preview ring.

The interesting thing is that Microsoft say they will be pushing out 20H1 builds to the fast ring in the next few weeks, rather than 19H2 builds. 20H1 builds have been going out to the Skip Ahead option and is due to ship in the first half of 2020.

Microsoft say they are still planning to release 19H2 builds to Insiders later this spring but I can’t see how that is going to work. They are merging Skip Ahead back into the fast ring so they will have 20H1 on Fast Ring, 19H1 Slow and Release Preview ring and Skip Ahead will be 20H1 as well. So where does that leave 19H2?

Details from Microsoft:

With the Windows 10 May 2019 Update being shared to the Release Preview ring soon (see this blog post for details), 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. Now is the time for you to verify your desired Windows Insider Program settings by going to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program to ensure you’re on the ring you want to be on before this change occurs. 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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: 20H1 builds are from our development branch (RS_PRERELEASE) and as is normal with builds early in the development cycle, these builds may contain bugs that might be painful for some. If you are in the Fast ring and your PC gets updated to 20H1, you won’t be able to switch your ring to the Slow or Release Preview rings without doing a clean-install on your PC and starting over.

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.

About the author Ian Dixon:
Ian Dixon is a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional), founder of tech site and producer of the weekly The Digital Lifestyle Show podcast. Ian has been writing and talking about Windows for over 10 years and has over 20 years in IT as an IT Manager. Ian has thousands of followers on Twitter and Facebook and over 4 million views on his YouTube channel.

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