Skip Ahead Ring: Microsoft rolls out the first RS4 Build for Insiders

Microsoft is rolling out the first RS4 build for Insiders on Skip Ahead Ring. Microsoft recently offered Insiders to join Skip Ahead Ring to test the RS4 builds before even rolling out RS3 aka Fall Creators Update. For those unfamiliar, RS4 is going to be next big update which will be rolled out in Spring 2018. The RS4 still doesn’t have an official name yet but will get soon as the company prepares for a public roll-out of Fall Creators Update next month.

For those checking their Settings right now, unfortunately, Microsoft limited the number of Insiders who can join Skip Ahead Ring and is full right now so you can’t join. Also, it is worth noting that if you’re leaving the Skip Ahead ring then you won’t be able to join it back.

Microsoft also published a post with a diagram to explain the difference in updates received by Insiders on Skip Ahead and those who are not on Skip Ahead. You can check out the diagram below.

Skip Ahead

This is the first build of Redstone 4 so don’t expect new things just yet. However, Microsoft did fix a bunch of stuff and you can head down to read the official changelog for the update.

  • When the Action Center is black (the default option) the “clear all”, “expand”/”collapse”, and “see more” link text will now all use your accent color – making them pop more and improving discoverability.
  • We’ve updated the Action Center to now support a two finger touch gesture to dismiss all notifications. Place two fingers vertically within the Action Center near the edge opposite to the side of your screen. Then slide these fingers towards the side of the screen. You will notice all notification groups following your fingers and then dismissing as you slide your fingers off the side of the screen.
  • We fixed an issue in XAML resulting in text animations appearing slightly blurry in the last flight until the animation had stopped (for example, when loading the main page of Settings).
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the taskbar being unexpectedly thick if you booted up the PC while plugged in to an external monitor with a different DPI.
  • We fixed an issue that caused minimized per-monitor DPI aware windows to miss DPI changes and end up with a mix of DPI scaling upon restoring.
  • We fixed an issue from recent flights where when Slideshow was enabled resuming from sleep a second time might place the Lock screen in a state where it couldn’t be dismissed without pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in an unexpected change in mouse sensitivity in the last flight for PCs using non-default display scaling.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Asphalt 8 not accepting input in recent flights.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in progress wheels on certain websites in Microsoft Edge unexpectedly moving out of place during their rotation.
  • We fixed an issue where the Windows Hello strings would appear on top of the page when performing a pin reset from the login screen.

So what do you think of the latest build. Do let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.