Microsoft is today releasing a new build of Redstone 4 to Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring today. Build 17134 is being rolled out to Insiders in the Fast Ring today after delaying the public release of Redstone 4.
Microsoft was supposed to release build 17133 — the rumoured, initial RTM build of Redstone 4 — to the public last week. However, the company internally demoted 17133 as the RTM build after finding a breaking bug. In a blog post today, the company noted that build 17133 included critical reliability issues that resulted in a higher percentage of BSODs on PCs which led to the delay.
“Instead of creating a Cumulative Update package to service these issues, we decided to create a new build with the fixes included. This just reinforces that Windows Insiders are critical to helping us find and fix issues before releasing feature updates to all our customers so thank you,” Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar said in a blog post, explaining all the drama surrounding the Redstone 4 delay. Of course, it is possible there is a bigger reason behind Microsoft delaying the Redstone 4 release, but I personally don’t want to start any conspiracy theories for the time being.
Either way, Build 17134 will most likely be the Redstone 4 RTM now unless Microsoft runs into another blocking bug. Redmond is expected to start a public rollout of Redstone 4 by the end of this month, although that could change anytime.