Throughout the Windows Insider project, Microsoft plans new features for each Windows 10 feature update. Although sometimes planned features are delayed or even introduced “in future feature updates,” most of the new features will be available at a predetermined tempo. But with Build 19536 released today, Microsoft says that will change.
Starting with Build 19536, windows Insider project members of the Fast channel will receive version updates for the RS_PRERELEASE development branch. In the blog post, it explains:
Next, Fast channel members get version updates directly from the active development branch, and many new features will appear in those releases first. Although these new features in active development branches may not necessarily appear in future Windows 10 updates, they will no longer match specific versions of Windows 10.
This means that the version updates for the current active development branch only reflect the latest code process for our engineers. During these development cycles, new features and OS improvements in this branch will be displayed in the ready future release of Windows 10. And we may provide these new features and operating system improvements as a full operating system version update or service release.
We’ve heard clear and intense feedback from countless Insider members on the Fast Channel, and Skip Ahead is a bit confusing and frustrating. With these changes, insiders in Fast Ring will always get a build with the latest code from our engineers, rather than building a branch version for a particular version. Everyone in the Fast channel is moving on!
In November, Microsoft canceled the Skip Ahead channel, which is capable of testing the latest version in advance, but still largely related to the upcoming release update cycle. On Twitter, Brandon LeBlanc confirmed that the Fast channel is Active Development, while the Slow channel continues to follow a specific development cycle.