We all are familiar with the word ‘Windows’. Whenever, I hear the word ‘Windows’ the first thing comes to my mind is Microsoft Windows. Start Menu of Windows 10 pops out in front of my eyes. Those curved dialog boxes and shadow below it makes it more attractive.
If we dig deep, Windows 1.0 was released on November 20, 1985, as the first version of the Microsoft Windows line. It runs as a graphical, 16-bit multi-tasking shell on top of an existing MS-DOS installation. It provides an environment, which can run graphical programs designed for Windows, as well as existing MS-DOS software.
The latest version of Windows is ‘Windows 10’ released officially on July 29, 2015.
The testing for this version of Windows was started a long time ago by both developers and the public. The public is used to give feedback about the new features and bugs related to the old features of Windows 10.
Specifically, developers, with the help of public can develop a software, which is easy to use by its users and the best part of it is, it contains features asked by users itself.
So, many of the Windows users are confused with a same question – “What is Windows Insider?”
Here is the answer to all your questions and doubts about Insider. The Windows Insider program by Microsoft allows users who own a valid Windows 10 license to sign up for early builds of the operating system previously only accessible to developers. It was announced on September 30, 2014 along with Windows 10. By September 2015, over 7 million people took part in the Windows Insider Program. On February 12, 2015, Microsoft started to test out previews of Windows 10 Mobile. Microsoft announced that the Windows Insider program would continue beyond the official release of Windows 10 for future updates. Dona Sarkar is the head of the Windows Insider program. Similar to the Windows Insider program, the Microsoft Office, Bing and Xbox teams have set up their own Insider program.
In simple words, the application developed as an UWP would look similar on PC, Mobile, Xbox, or HoloLens. Their basic architecture is same and these apps are lighter than the old traditional Windows 8 apps.
Windows Insider gets the latest build even before its official release. Users use these builds and provide feedback through ‘Feedback Hub’.
Preview builds have some demerits. It exploits both Guarantee, warranty of the product and it can damage the phone, and it might be unrecoverable. However, it is fun and interesting to know the new features before anyone.
Windows Insider has three rings for public. Firstly, Fast Ring insiders, get builds after the Microsoft Ring has approved them. These ones are immediately installed, allowing users to receive new features as soon as possible at the expense of possible bugs. This ring was added on October 21, 2014, with the launch of build 9860.
Secondly, Slow Ring insiders, if there are no issues with builds delivered to the Fast Ring, they will subsequently or concurrently be shipped to the Slow Ring. This is the default option for consumer versions of Windows Insider Preview and was the only ring option available at launch until the Fast ring was added.
Thirdly, Release Preview insiders, introduced with build 10586 on February 10, 2016, allows Windows Insiders to get early access to patches and fixes for their current builds. It does not deliver builds with new features as early as the Slow Ring, making it safer and less prone to bugs than the other rings.
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