The holidays are here, and it’s time to look back at the year and think of the next; for Microsoft won’t be releasing any more Insider builds until January of 2017.
The news comes from Dona Sarkar, who is – as she says – the Chief Mischief Maker of the Windows Insiders Program. In her tweet, she says that the team isn’t very happy with where they are, and would rather not drag the Insiders through a bug-filled mess during the holidays – a fair gesture, indeed.
@donasarkar And this also means no more builds for 2016. We will release ISO for the Slow ring build next week.
— Dona Sarkar (@donasarkar) December 15, 2016
The decision is understandable – nobody wants to work at holidays, and the massive update for Insiders (which we didn’t cover, unfortunately) that came out on Fast Ring last week and Slow Ring this week puts the Insiders in a somewhat nice and cozy place.
The Build 14986 brought the Insiders some significant improvements across all of Windows – from a ton of features new to Cortana, a brand-new Defender, to the introduction of UUP and several improvements to the update process.
There are even improvements for Windows Ink, the Registry Editor, Narrator, and the Xbox Game Bar.
We were not able to cover this massive update; however, you can read more about the update on Microsoft’s official blog.
The Past & Present
Windows 10 sits in a unique position right now; the Insider Program has transformed the pace at which Windows team can develop, test, and publish new features. Never were the Windows users able to gain access to new features so quickly.
With Satya Nadella at the helm, 2016 was a year of transformation for Microsoft itself – the company is now more open and transparent than ever; sure, Microsoft is keeping a few secrets, but the core Windows development hasn’t been this transparent ever before.
The Windows ecosystem has an incredible amount of things to look forward to in 2017. The Creators Update will give us the ability to experience virtual realities with Windows Holographic along with VR headsets starting at $300; it will also provide us with the ability to build virtual realities, with the new Paint3D and Remix3D app and service – 3D sculpting will be in everyone’s reach.
Project NEON is also expected near the end of 2017 – a brand new design language that iterates over the current Modern design.
Microsoft invited us to a world of pure imagination – we can’t wait to get there; the future is exciting, hopefully, it will be as exciting when it happens.