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Microsoft will not release anymore Windows 10 Preview Builds this year

Microsoft will not release anymore Windows 10 Preview Builds this year

by AshwinDecember 18, 2015

Microsoft will not be releasing anymore Windows 10 Preview Builds this year.

The news comes from the Redmond company’s Gabe Aul, who made the announcement in a blog post announcing the recent build of Windows 10 Mobile Preview.

Microsoft had released Windows 10 Build 11082, which happens to be the first Redstone build, a few days ago to the Fast Ring of the Windows Insider Program. The new build does not feature any major changes, which has in turn given rise to speculation something big is coming really soon.

Support for Extensions in Microsoft Edge is the expected feature, as hinted by statements posted on the websites belonging to popular add-on makers, LastPass and AdBlock Plus.

Microsoft not releasing any new builds this year is not something bad, it is actually for a good cause. Many key members of the Microsoft Engineering team are taking a break for the holidays.

This is the official word from Aul’s blog post:

“…This means we won’t be releasing any new builds to Windows Insiders until January, for both PC and mobile.”

And with less than two weeks to go before 2016 sets in, we can’t really expect Microsoft to pull some magic to fascinate its users.

We have already reported that Microsoft has announced that it will be shifting gears in the Insider Preview Program soon. The Redmond compnay will begin releasing Preview Builds more quickly. Gabe Aul, terms this change as Faster Fast Rings.

While that will bring a smile to eager testers, naturally, this move comes with a price, and one which could be considerably steep. As new builds are released faster, the chances of the presence of bugs in them increases drastically. And if a bug is ground-breaking, it may prevent you from using your PC as you would normally.

So, if you wish to use a Preview Build as a daily driver, you are better off switching to the Slow Ring of the Insider Program. You can do so easily by navigating to the Start Menu > Settings App > Update & Security > Windows Update > Advanced Options.

Here, you will find the option to “Get Insider Builds”, choosing which will enable the option, which lets you choose to switch between the Fast Ring and Slow Ring.

That being said, January 2016 should bring several new builds to test, and of course, this means Slow Ring users will get to miss out on testing new features when they are released. So choose wisely.