Windows 10: Introducing Skip Ahead for Windows 10 Insiders in the Fast Ring Insider

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  1. Brink's Avatar
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       25 Jul 2017 #1

    Introducing Skip Ahead for Windows 10 Insiders in the Fast Ring




    Starting today, Windows Insiders in the Fast ring will see a new drop-down in their flight settings via Settings > Update & security > Windows Insider Program to skip ahead to the next release of Windows 10.

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    We are now at the stage in the development cycle for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update where we’re working hard to bash all the bugs and stabilize so it’s the best Windows 10 release yet for all our customers. As we work to prepare the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update for the world, our engineering teams are beginning work on the next release of Windows 10 from our Development Branch. Windows Insiders in the Fast ring who choose to skip ahead will be given the opportunity to start trying out these builds in addition to receiving app updates again for many of the inbox apps in Windows 10 such as Photos, Skype, Groove, and Movies & TV.

    To stabilize the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update for release, we have “forked” the release into its own branch we call “RS3_RELEASE”. Many Windows Insiders will recall we did the same thing for the Windows 10 Creators Update when we started flighting builds from the “RS2_RELEASE” branch. Going forward, Windows Insiders in the Fast ring will continue to get builds for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update from this branch. However, Windows Insiders who choose to skip ahead will receive builds from the RS_PRERELEASE branch.

    To summarize:

    • Fast ring: Builds from RS3_RELEASE branch with no inbox app updates.
    • Fast ring + Skip Ahead: Builds from RS_PRERELEASE with inbox app updates from the Store.

    Since this fork just occurred, the builds from the RS_PRERELEASE and RS3_RELEASE branches will be virtually identical. But at some point in the future, build numbers in the RS_PRERELEASE branch will jump ahead, engineering teams will start checking in new code, and things diverge. When this happens – you will not be able to leave Skip Ahead and go back to builds from the RS3_RELEASE branch without reinstalling Windows. Once the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is released to the general public, this skip ahead option will go away and the Fast ring will be back to receiving builds from the RS_PRERELEASE branch for the next Windows 10 release and inbox app updates from the Store will be fully restored to all Windows Insiders in the Fast and Slow rings.

    Before choosing to skip ahead – there are a few things to keep in mind: builds from RS_PRERELEASE will get less stable as teams start checking in new code. So just like Insider Preview builds usually are after a Windows 10 release, things will likely be a little rough. If this concerns you or makes you uncomfortable – don’t choose to skip ahead and simply wait for the Fast ring to transition back to RS_PRERELEASE down the road. We also need to have Windows Insiders in the Fast ring helping us get the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update ready and giving us feedback on issues they are experiencing. So there will be a limit as to how many Windows Insiders can skip ahead. Once that limit is met, the UI on the flight settings page will notify Windows Insiders trying to choose to skip ahead that it’s been closed.

    We are excited to experiment with putting early builds of the next release of Windows 10 in the hands of some Windows Insiders as we stabilize and prepare a release to go out to customers.


    Source: Feedback Hub


    Last edited by Brink; 25 Jul 2017 at 23:22.
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  2.    25 Jul 2017 #1

    OK, so what does this mean in English. Why does MS have a spectacular inability to explain in simple terms?


    Also, what is an inbox app?
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  3.    25 Jul 2017 #2

    cereberus said: View Post
    OK, so what does this mean in English. Why does MS have a spectacular inability to explain in simple terms?


    Also, what is an inbox app?
    Because they are all Coders and talk in strange terms, and I have no idea why . They need a department that can translate Geek to English.
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  4.    25 Jul 2017 #3

    Sounds like it will be RS4 builds. While the Fast ring will continue to get RS3 builds until Fall/Autumn update.

    Inbox Apps are the Microsoft UWP apps that we get from the Store.
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  5.    25 Jul 2017 #4

    OilerNut said: View Post
    Sounds like it will be RS4 builds. While the Fast ring will continue to get RS3 builds until Fall/Autumn update.

    Inbox Apps are the Microsoft UWP apps that we get from the Store.
    There was a Tweet Today from someone at MS that said that the Fall Update will be named that all over the world including Australia where it is Spring. There will be no Autumn Update anywhere.
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  6.    26 Jul 2017 #5

    Josey Wales said: View Post
    There was a Tweet Today from someone at MS that said that the Fall Update will be named that all over the world including Australia where it is Spring. There will be no Autumn Update anywhere.
    I will still call it the Autumn update in protest against MS's stupid naming which demonstrates their parochial nature despite all there bs about being a global company caring about rest of the world.e

    See DS kumbaya sessions as she goes around the world but fails to control the idiots who make such bs decisions eg

    paint to be removed, next day after a zillion protests - you misunderstand - it will be a store app!

    They blamed the Autumn naming on translation software!

    IMO DS has to go!
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  7.    26 Jul 2017 #6

    OilerNut said: View Post
    Sounds like it will be RS4 builds. While the Fast ring will continue to get RS3 builds until Fall/Autumn update.

    Inbox Apps are the Microsoft UWP apps that we get from the Store.
    Assuming you are right, you have explained it far more eloquently.

    Why use a silly term like inbox apps when they could say Store apps (same number of letters)!
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       26 Jul 2017 #7

    cereberus said: View Post
    Assuming you are right, you have explained it far more eloquently.

    Why use a silly term like inbox apps when they could say Store apps (same number of letters)!
    Most apps in the Store are not made by Microsoft, when they say "inbox apps" refer only to apps made and updated by Microsoft such as Photos, Mail and calendar, Groove etc.
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  9. martyfelker's Avatar
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       26 Jul 2017 #8

    If I understand it correctly if I choose Skip-Ahead I may be able to test engineering ring builds. I choose Skip-Ahead. I don't use MR but I do use AOEMI Backupper Pro and after the upgrade tomorrow to build 16251 (at least I assume that will be the build) I will also start a daily backup using an incremental scheme.
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  10.    26 Jul 2017 #9

    "inbox" I believe refers to the pre installed Microsoft Apps. All the ones with uninstall greyed out.
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