Microsoft already testing Windows 10 ‘canary ring’ builds

Less than two weeks after making its big Anniversary Update available to the public, Microsoft has already begun testing its next major upgrade to Windows 10. “Redstone 2” is now available to download for Windows Insiders.


We guess that many Microsoft employees were already testing internal builds and Carmen Crincoli, Storage IHV partner manager at Microsoft just shared a quick tease of what’s to come:

If you’re not familiar with it, the “Canary” ring is one of Microsoft’s internal testing rings along the “Operating Systems Group” (OSG) and “Microsoft” rings that the company uses to test Windows 10 builds internally. Microsoft employees who are members of the Canary ring have opted in to test anywhere from daily to slower monthly released and validated builds. Once this “dogfooding” is done, preview builds which are considered good enough for the Windows Insider program are then pushed to Windows Insiders enrolled in the Fast ring.

Although Microsoft has now already released the highly-anticipated first test build for the upcoming Windows 10 Redstone 2. The preview build, dubbed Build No. 14901, was made available on August 11 to Windows 10 testers in the Fast Ring. Microsoft officials recently stated that with the new build, the company is now focusing on introducing under-the-hood improvements and fixes instead of new features. When Microsoft released the first test build for Redstone 1, aka Windows 10 Anniversary update, the company focused on performance tweaks rather than releasing new features right away.

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There is only one new feature in the new build which is the new notifications option in File Explorer which gives users information on things they can do with Windows 10. Windows Insider head Dona Sarkar also said that the new build does not support kernel debugging and there still are issues with Adobe Acrobat Reader. The blog post stated that the bug will be fixed in the next test build.

Ms. Sarkar, in her blog post, also mentioned that the RTM version of Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update has still not been rolled out to users. She also stated that the company is “very close” to releasing the new update to users with compatible Windows 10 Mobile devices. The company also recently stated that PC testers would be getting the new test builds a few weeks before testers on Windows 10 Mobile.

According to the company, the Windows 10 Redstone 2 update will not be released to mainstream users until 2017. However, it is rumored that RedStone 2 will debut with the Surface Phone with a possible action center revamp, which is expected to hit the market in the first quarter of 2017. Microsoft is yet to comment if there are any brand new features which would come with the next update. Sources close to the company also claim that Windows 10 Redstone 3 will also be released later in 2017.

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