Microsoft Enters Home Stretch With New Windows Insider Release

Posted on July 7, 2016 by Brad Sams in Windows 10 with 0 Comments

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Microsoft is entering the final stages of development for the next release of Windows 10, called the Anniversary update, and the company is releasing a new build of the OS today. The update, that will arrive on August 2nd, is heading out to all users and is the second major update to the platform.

The build number for today’s release is 14383 and you can download it from Windows Update right now; this release is for both PC and mobile devices.

As the company approaches the final sign-off for the release, several things happen. Firstly, the watermark has been removed from this build which signifies that it is a potential release candidate and second, no new code will be introduced and only high priority bugs will be fixed at this time.

With this release, Microsoft will be watching feedback closely to see how the install performs with Insiders to make any final tweaks to the OS before shipping. While possible, this could be the final build that is released to everyone but we won’t know that answer until the company ships a couple of iterations and selects the best release.

Seeing as the Anniversary update will be going out to 350 million users, the company needs to be extremely careful about which build it selects to ensure the widest band of compatibility with the fewest amount of known issues. If they choose a build where 1% of users are impacted by a problem, this results in 3.5 million installs being broken; the tolerances for this type of release are extremely stringent.

Let us know if you run into any issues with this release but we suspect it should be a relatively smooth install and production-ready build; release notes can be found here.


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