For all of you who don’t know what Microsoft’s Insider Programme is, it’s “an open software testing program by Microsoft that allows users to register for pre-release builds of the operating system previously only accessible to software developers.” In short, its a beta test programme for Windows 10.
The Microsoft Insider Programme consists of different Rings. The two major Ring’s are the Fast and Slow RIng’s. The Fast Ring gets builds more regularly, however they are not stable builds. The Slow Ring, on the other hand, gets builds that are considerably more stable. -The Last one is the Skip Ahead Programme which falls within the Fast Ring. You can read more about the Skip Ahead Programme here.
Usually, The Skip Ahead programme and the Fast Ring have identical updates. However, recently the updates in both the programmes have differentiated. At the moment, the Fast Ring has access to the update called 19H1 (likely called the Windows 10 April 2019 Update). According to this, Skip Ahead programme users should have had access to update 19H2 (likely called the October 2019 Update). However, that was not the case, the Skip Ahead users actually got a view of what the Windows world will look like in the year 2020, called the 20H1 update. Unfortunately, there were no new features just bug fixes and general performance improvements.
Dona Sarkar explained the move by stating:
“Some things we are working on in 20H1 require longer lead time,”
You guys might be wondering what will happen to update 19H2. Brandon Le Blanc tweeted regarding update 19H2.
Skip Ahead will stay on 20H1. We'll talk more about plans for 19H2 once we get 19H1 ready to go.
— Brandon LeBlanc (@brandonleblanc) February 14, 2019
We can conclude from this tweet that Skip Ahead users will not be seeing update 19H2 anywhere in the near future. This could mean that Fast Ring users might become what Skip Ahead was and get 19H2 as 19H1 nears release.
In the long run, this could be a smart move by Microsoft. As this gives them ample time to perfect the 20H1 update. Only time can tell what Microsoft has in store for the 20H1 update. You can read more about the changes in Windows 10 20H1 Build 18836 here.