In some ways, the success of Windows 10 owes much to the virtuous circle of the Windows Insider project. The project not only allows users to experience new features in advance, but also helps Microsoft build a complete test system and feedback mechanism. After more than five successful runs, Microsoft recently announced some tweaks to its Windows Insider project.
Currently, the Windows Insider project has three “Ring” rings, Fast, Slow, and Release Preview, and users can opt-in according to their preferences. Fast updates are the fastest and are largely improved every week. When the function matures, it enters Slow for further testing. Release Preview, on the other hand, tends to follow feature updates and test more broadly before they are officially released.
Over the past few years, the Windows Insider project has been constantly adapted to the actual situation. In mid-2019, Microsoft announced a major policy change, with Fast Ring for 20H1 feature updates, Slow Ring for 19H2 feature updates and Release Preview Ring for 19H1 feature updates.
During the adjustment process, Microsoft began to realize that this went beyond the original concept of “Ring”. To better match the current update to Windows 10, Microsoft announced the adoption of the Chromium-based Edge naming, enabling the new names Dev, Beta, and Release Preview, corresponding to the previous Fast, Slow, and Preview Release channels.
Dev Channel (Development Channel)
Ideal for skilled groups. Dev Channel’s Insider members will receive the earliest version of the development cycle, which will contain the latest work code for their engineers. These versions will have rough front-front features and some instability that may block critical activities or require workarounds.
New features for this channel will no longer follow the Windows 10 feature update. New features and operating system improvements in this channel will appear in future versions of Windows 10 and may be delivered as full operating system build updates or service versions when they are ready. Insider personnel feedback here will help their engineers make major repairs and changes to the latest code.
Beta Channel (Beta Channel)
Ideal for fresh tasters. Insiders and IT professionals in the Beta channel can view upcoming Windows 10 features, as well as relatively reliable updates that have been validated by Microsoft.
As part of the Beta channel, Insiders will see builds related to a specific upcoming release, just like the previous 20H1. Your feedback will be especially important here because it will help their engineers ensure that critical issues are identified and fixed before major releases.
Release Preview Channel (Release Preview Channel)
The Insider and IT professionals at Release Preview Channel will be able to review the windows 10 features that are about to be released, with high-quality updates and some key features. These versions will be supported by Microsoft.
Release Preview Channel is a preview and validation version before Microsoft recommends a wide-ranging on-premises deployment. As Microsoft continues to evolve the way Windows 10 is built and released in the future, Microsoft may launch new channels to provide new experiences for Insiders.
Stay consistent with Office
Microsoft is pleased to announce that the name of the channel will keep pace with Office. Insider members get the same experience between Windows and Office as they need. Insider still needs to opt for each Insider Program, but Microsoft is looking to improve the experience over time.
Moving to Channel will be easy for Windows Insiders. If your device meets the criteria, Microsoft will automatically move your device to a new channel that best matches the experience based on your current Ring. You don’t need to do anything to make this change.
Insiders can also adjust these settings with Settings, Update and Security, and Windows Insider Program. IT professionals can use their typical Windows Update for Business or Windows Server Update Service management tools, or manage Beta and PreviewRelease channels by using Azure Marketplace virtual machines (VMs).