Windows 10 Skip Ahead Opens With Surprising 20H1 Build For Insiders

Microsoft has thrown us all for a loop with its announcement today of the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build. At the start of the month, Microsoft opened up its Skip Ahead program, which allows Windows Insiders to test [early builds of] future Windows 10 versions. 

At the time, we incorrectly assumed that Microsoft would be delivering the Windows 10 19H2 (2019, Second Half) Update to testers, since Windows 10 19H1 Update testing is wrapping up. However, Microsoft today announced that those on the Skip Ahead track will instead receive builds of Windows 10 20H1. That's right, Microsoft is skipping ahead by two full versions for a major Windows 10 update that won't arrive until more than a year from today.

"Some things we are working on in 20H1 require a longer lead time," writes Microsoft. "As is normal with builds early in the development cycle, builds may contain bugs that might be painful for some." Perhaps the reference to needing a longer lead time means that this will be a groundbreaking release for Windows 10 with a host of new and advanced features... but that's just pure speculation at this point.

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For those wondering what's going on with the previously expected Windows 10 19H2 builds, Microsoft says that those builds will be pushed to Windows Insiders "later this spring." In the meantime, Microsoft is continuing to put the finishing touches on Windows 10 19H1, which will likely be called the April 2019 Update

There are a number of changes, improvements and fixes that are associated with this first Windows 10 20H1 build, along with the following known issues:

  • Launching games that use anti-cheat software may trigger a bugcheck (GSOD).
  • While we’ve done some work to improve night light reliability in this build, we’re continuing to investigate issues in this space.
  • When performing Reset this PC and selecting Keep my files on a device that has Reserved Storage enabled the user will need to initiate an extra reboot to ensure Reserved Storage is working again properly.
  • Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. We are investigating the issue.
  • File Explorer may hang when trying to rename, delete, or move MKV files.
  • In Windows Sandbox, if you try to navigate to the Narrator settings, Settings app crashes.

Given how early Microsoft is distributing this release, we'd think twice before installing it on your primary rig. However, if you have a secondary PC that you don't use very often, it might be worth it to install to see what Microsoft is cooking up.