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If you were somehow not aware — largely because the new build isn’t that significant on changes — Microsoft has dropped a fresh Windows 10 PC build, with a commitment to fasten up the lately snail-paced roll-out.

The Redmond-giant acknowledged, that the build won’t bring significant changes, but is a starting point for a promise — faster roll-out of subsequent builds. Here’s what Gabe Aul has to say on the same,

With this build, you won’t see big noticeable changes or new features just yet. Right now, the team is focused on product improvements based on the feedback we’re hearing on the November update to Windows 10.

This fresh build includes the changes that have also been going out as cumulative updates through Windows Update on your PCs running the Windows 10 November Update as well as on phones running Windows 10 too.

Aul further mentions, that Microsoft is also working on some structural improvements to OneCore, which is the shared core of Windows across devices. OneCore — in a nutshell — is the heart of Windows, and these improvements to OneCore make building Windows across PC, tablet, phone, IoT, Hololens and Xbox more efficient. For the developer geek in you, Microsoft is undergoing code refactoring and other engineering work to make sure OneCore is optimally structured for teams to start checking in new features and improvements in the new year.

Faster Builds For Fast Ring Devs

The single biggest announcement coming out with this build, is Microsoft’s promise to roll out builds at an accelerated pace. Fst ring developers have been lately pretty vocal on how slow the pace has suddenly become for build roll outs. To that, Aul says,

We are re-evaluating the ring promotion criteria to allow more builds to reach Windows Insiders. The new criteria will be much closer to our criteria for flighting to our internal rings, which means more builds will pass it and be released externally to the Fast ring. 

This however, obviously means that the builds we release to the Fast ring may include more bugs and other issues that could be slightly more painful for some people to live with. Its simple math — throttled up build in exchange for more buggy ones.

However, if you are not comfortable with the same, you can switch to Slow Ring. (Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Advanced options and under “Get Insider Preview builds” moving the slider to the Slow ring.)

Also, starting with this build, Microsoft will begin publishing known issues for the builds in the Insider Hub rather than in the companion blog post.


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