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Windows 10 April 2018 Update is now available for download, and Microsoft has already started working on the next version of the operating system codenamed Redstone 5. Microsoft has shipped a couple of Redstone 5 builds to Skip Ahead Insiders and the software giant is getting ready to switch the full focus to the very next update, arriving this fall.

Windows 10 Redstone 5 update is already in preview stage but the builds are only available to select users enrolled in the Skip Ahead ring. Microsoft appears to be accelerating the development of the next big Windows 10 update, and the company is now preparing the first builds for the Fast Insiders as well.

Redstone 5 is projected to be finalized in the fall, and it could be a bigger update than Windows 10 April 2018 Update. In a tweet, Microsoft’s Windows Insider program team leader Dona Sarkar asked users to switch to Release Preview Ring if they don’t want to get early bits of next Windows 10 update.

“If you don’t want to start receiving RS5 builds, you should switch to Release Preview TODAY. Both WIP Fast and Slow will see RS5 builds…. why, yes, SOON ™,” Sarkar tweeted.

While Windows 10 Redstone 5 builds will begin rolling out next week, the next few builds won’t bring too many changes. Microsoft has just started accelerating the development, and more substantial improvements are expected to make it to insiders in the coming weeks. The new features are also expected but only when the development advances.

Microsoft is currently busy with the rollout of Windows 10 April 2018 Update. The newest version of Windows is already available but the automatic rollout would only begin on May 8 via Windows Update. Microsoft is also testing a cumulative update with fixes and improvements which is expected to land on Tuesday.

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Windows 10 Redstone 5 is projected to be finalized in September and shipped to the general public by end of the year. Redstone 5 is bringing the much anticipated Sets interface to the UWP and legacy apps including the File Explorer.

While Microsoft is yet to announce the full list of features arriving with Redstone 5, rumours claim that the File Explorer will receive dark theme. The company is testing a new clipboard experience and it also plans to bring Cortana to the Action Center.

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