Microsoft inaugurates Release Preview ring for Windows 10 updates


If you perhaps felt the two-stage rollout of cumulative Windows 10 updates for Technical Previewers didn’t cover everyone’s particular beta testing needs, Microsoft is today announcing a third so-called “ring.”

This one’s aptly dubbed Release Preview, and joins the previously introduced Fast and Slow rings to make sure as many people as possible can sample early, unfinished OS builds with the risks each separate individual is willing to take.

Confused? Gabe Aul, Redmond’s Corporate Vice President of the Engineering Systems Team, explains it best in a recent Windows blog post, breaking down the three ways into the Technical Preview program so that everyone understands what they’re signing up for.

As part of the Fast ring therefore, you’ll be granted access to pre-release system builds ahead of everyone else, taking the risks regular users can’t afford, and providing suggestions and ideas you know Microsoft’s engineers will follow to quash bugs and increase overall stability.

Afraid to follow the treacherous path, or simply not that tech-savvy to help so early in the development phase? Then you can choose the Slow ring, and receive the unpolished updates after a few polishes, with fewer bugs and more solutions for known issues.

Finally, the Release Preview channel targets Insiders who want to minimize all risks, and don’t mind testing pre-release builds when they’re almost fully stable and ready to go out to the masses. Their feedback is still supposed to count, mind you, but there might not be many things to complain about.

For the time being, only Fast Ring members are treated to a new Windows 10 Mobile maintenance build, numbered 10586.107, and containing a trio of fixes for previously reported bugs.

Source: Windows Blogs

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