Well, we figured it would happen this week, and it has: Microsoft today began delivering Windows 10 build 14901 to Insiders on the Fast ring. Yes, this is the first “Redstone 2” build.
As I wrote just yesterday in Windows 10 Insider Preview Moves Forward to “Redstone 2”, Microsoft revealed earlier this week that it would soon jump start the Windows 10 build engine again and head down the path to Redstone 2.
“You won’t see any big noticeable changes or new features just yet,” Microsoft explains in a post to the Windows 10 Feedback Hub. “We are focusing on making some structural improvements to OneCore. If you recall, OneCore is the shared core of Windows across PC, tablet, phone, IoT, Hololens and Xbox. It is essentially the heart of Windows. We’re doing some code refactoring and other engineering work to make sure OneCore is optimally structured for teams to start checking in new features and improvements in a few months. As a result, these [first] builds may include more bugs and other issues that could be slightly more painful for some people to live with. If this makes you uncomfortable, you can change your ring… for more stable builds.”
Brad is downloading the build now, and I’m still waiting for it to pop-up in Windows Update. But we’ll let you know if there’s anything new: I have a feeling we’ll start seeing at least some small changes right away.
UPDATE: There is one new feature: Microsoft says it is testing new notifications in File Explorer. “They’re designed to help customers by providing quick, easy information about things they can do or new features they can try to have a better experience with Windows 10,” Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar explains. “If you want to opt out of these notifications, you can do so by unchecking ‘Show sync provider notifications’ from the Options menu in the File Explorer View tab.”
Also, Adobe Reader will crash in this build.