Microsoft steps on the gas to meet Windows 10 launch
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Gabe Aul, Microsoft's head of the Windows Insider program, said last month that the company was considering a new "Ludicrous Speed" (codename!) ring for build deployments which would be cutting-edge but would ship with more issues to iron-out ahead of the expected July release of Windows 10 to consumers.
We're going to send out builds more frequently to Windows Insiders
Aul sent an email to insiders just hours ago which provided some interesting updates to the state of the program now and in the coming months. The first big update is the amount of participation and support of the insider program; with over one million more joining since the last time he wrote.
This sudden boost in interest is being chalked-up to the launch of the first build of Windows 10 Technical Preview for smartphones, and the excitement surrounding 'HoloLens' which is the first holographic computer running the latest operating system.
But the big news is that instead of introducing a new ring for Windows builds; it appears like the team has taken the decision to make the current "Fast" ring even faster. This has the benefit of reaching more users to help iron-out the last issues ahead of Windows 10's release, but will ship with more bugs which less-understanding users could take as representation of final code.
“Based on your feedback, we're going to send out builds more frequently to Windows Insiders that have selected ‘Fast’ preview builds. That means you can getting fresher code with all of the features and fixes, more often – but builds may include more bugs,” Gabe said.
The aforementioned Ludicrous Speed ring was planned to debut ahead of Microsoft's BUILD developer conference to ensure everyone has a chance to use and shape the latest improvements made to the OS. It is thought that Microsoft has finished most of the new features internally, and is now switching to bug-fixing mode to ensure the latest OS works as intended.
July is an unconfirmed, but expected released of Windows 10 based on comments by AMD. During the company's earnings call last week, CEO Lisa Su answered a question on inventory plans by saying: "With the Windows 10 launch at the end of July, we are watching sort of the impact of that on the back-to-school season, and expect that it might have a bit of a delay to the normal back-to-school season inventory build-up."
Let's all spare a moment's thought for all the Windows team who will be manically sifting through logs and feedback in-between implementing fixes and features as they near the latest version's final-deployment.
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