Microsoft Provides Update On The Windows Insider Program, Promises Awesome Build In January

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Today, Microsoft provided an update on the Windows Insider program. It is a long blog post with lots of information, I’ve summarized it below.

  • Microsoft didn’t release a new build this month because they’ve been very hard at work putting together a great build for us that includes a bunch of new features and improvements. They are really focused on making the next build something that we hope you’ll think is awesome. Tune-in to the live webcast on January 21st.
  • There are over 1.5 million registered Windows Insiders and about 450k of them are using the builds day to day.
  • Windows 10 preview builds more actively than participants in preview/beta programs for any prior release of Windows. This helps Microsoft to fix all the bugs and rough edges.
  • They have fixed almost 1,300 bugs reported by Windows Insiders.
  • Not just bugs, they are also making changes to features based on feedback. For example, They added the option to choose which folder is the default when opening File Explorer, which many of you requested. We also added the ability to turn off recent files and/or frequent folders in “Home”, and added a little animation/transition when opening the Start menu, which were also frequently requested.
  • And there is the teaser for what’s coming next year,
    • I’m itching to tell you more about stuff that’s coming. You’ll see some big things, lots of small improvements, and I hope there will be something for each of you to point to and know your influence was felt and appreciated by us. I’m confident that the next build we release will be an exciting one and will show how Windows 10 is evolving with your input.I wish all of you Happy Holidays and extend my best wishes for you in the New Year. We look forward to showing you more of what we’re working on in Windows 10 in 2015! See you next year!

Read more at Windows team blog.

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