Recently, Microsoft confirmed that it will switch fast channel members to an active development branch called RS_PRERELEASE. This means that the version updates received by Windows Insider members of the Fast channel no longer follow the “twice-year” Windows 10 feature updates, but reflect the current latest development status.
Now, well-known whistleblower Walking Cat has discovered this change in the latest Fast Channel release, suggesting a change in the way new features are delivered to users. Microsoft recently released a new app called Windows Feature Experience Pack on the Microsoft Store.
Although the app doesn’t provide any useful information in the description, it uses the “Download” icon and the “About” section of the Settings app. And windows Feature Experience Packs are now displayed under Windows Specifications for the Settings app. And this version number differs from the system version, build 19536.1000.
Walking Cat tweeted that Microsoft would make major changes to the shell features distributed to users, and it looked like Microsoft would offer the shell experience separately. This means that companies may be independent of the system, making it easier to add/remove new features and improvements, without the need for heavy operating system updates.
It is not clear how much technical details of the work will be available and when it will go live. But if the news is true, it means Microsoft can separate Windows Core OS from Shell Experience. This allows Microsoft to deliver new features to consumers faster without major system updates. This may also mean that Windows 10 may get a thin version with additional features.