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Microsoft is aggressively working on introducing new features to Windows 10 but the updates are initially delivered to Insiders – more like beta testers – who provide feedback on the same. They’re responsible for testing new features as well as suggesting improvements which should be introduced in the operating system.

But, the Redmond giant has today announced that they’ve temporarily ceased the weekly release of Windows 10 preview builds for PC users participating in the Fast and Slow Ring Insider program. The build availability is being halted to introduce ‘Unified Update Platform,’ the new update technology which will replace the old delivery method for updating systems.

In the Windows 10 Creators Update, announced in October, Microsoft is not only looking to add creative tools for artists but also planning to cut down on download sizes for its updates by approximately 35 percent. This has been made possible due to ‘differential downloading,’ which enables you to download only the portion of changes required for your PC. This leaves out the unnecessary updates which are already in place.

The official statement on Microsoft’s blog post reads:

We are getting ready to start releasing PC builds to Insiders using UUP. To prepare for this, we are going to pause all PC builds for both the Fast and Slow rings starting this evening (Friday 12/2).

We will begin flighting the latest builds via UUP starting with our internal rings first then to Insiders based on each ring’s promotion criteria. We’re excited to be able to release builds for PC to Insiders using UUP! Mobile builds are not impacted by this.

Microsoft hasn’t defined a timeline with the specifics of how long the halt on the availability of Insider builds will be. But since Redmond mentions that it plans to test the technological update within their own internal rings, so the delay could be more than just a couple days. Stay tuned for more updates on the same.

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