Windows Insiders Get a Feature Experience Pack in the Beta Channel

Posted on January 26, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 15 Comments

The Windows Insider Program still isn’t attaching any of its release channels to a specific Windows 10 version. But at least we have a new Windows Feature Experience Pack to wonder about.

“Today, we are releasing Windows Feature Experience Pack 120.2212.2020.0 to Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel,” Microsoft announced today. “We are improving the reliability of screen snipping experience, especially with apps that access the clipboard often.”

As you may recall, Microsoft first discussed Windows Feature Experience Packs back in December, despite the fact that this language has appeared in at least the two most recent Windows 10 versions without any explanation. These packs are a new way for Microsoft to deliver new features and functional improvements to customers outside of major Windows 10 feature updates, which are really version upgrades.

In December, Microsoft said that it would test “only a limited number of features” through the Insider Program, and today’s release, a single improvement to a single feature, certainly bears out that claim. Actually, they removed a feature, too: You can no longer copy and paste a screen snip directly into a File Explorer folder because of a reported issue. Microsoft hopes to re-enable this capability soon.

Windows Feature Experience Packs tested via the Windows Insider Program will eventually “get folded into the already existing servicing process for Windows 10,” Microsoft says, which means that they will ship to the current, supported versions of Windows 10 through Windows Update.

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