Microsoft has begun preparations for Windows 10 Redstone 5 stabilization
Earlier today, Microsoft pushed a new Windows 10 preview build 17713, and as the Redstone update development has come to an end, the Insider test project has also seen some changes. Windows Insider project leader Dona Sarkar revealed in a blog post today that the company will soon begin to focus on the Windows 10 Redstone 5 stable release, so the Skip Ahead update channel is suspended and redirected to Fast Ring update channel.
It is necessary to freeze Skip Ahead on the current active PC, but this skip ahead channel will be re-opened at some point in the future.
“We are getting close to the point in the development cycle where our focus will be on stabilization for RS5. As part of the stabilization process, we have “forked” RS5 into its own branch called “RS5_RELEASE” just like we did for RS4 and RS3 before that. Insiders will see this branch change with today’s build,” Dona Sarkar explains.
“And like we did with RS3 and RS4, we are getting ready to start releasing builds to Insiders who choose to “skip ahead” to the next release of Windows 10. These builds will come from the RS_PRERELEASE branch.”
As for when to restart the Skip Ahead update channel, Microsoft said it would be shared with you when it is available. After all, at this point, it is imperative to rid the RS5. Redstone 5 is projected to launch in the fall of this year, and according to Microsoft’s typical release schedule, it should be finalised in September and then released in October.