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.
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:
Yesterday's announcement changes things:
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.
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