At Build 2018 developer conference, Microsoft announced a
series of changes that would make its way to Slow Ring
Insiders. The company is planning to increase release frequency
for the Slow ring, which means that more new builds will be
released for those Insiders.
Windows Insider program has four different rings – Skip Ahead,
Fast, Slow and Release Preview Ring. Microsoft releases new
builds to Skip Ahead when a new version of Windows 10 is in
early development but the same time the company is busy with
the public release of another update. For example,
Microsoft pushed Redstone 5 builds to the Skip Ahead ring even
before rolling out the final version of Windows 10 April 2018
Update to the general public.
The Skip Ahead Insiders receives new builds ahead of everyone
else (Fast, Slow and Release Preview Rings). On the other hand,
the Release Preview Ring only receives the builds before the
public release of any Windows 10 update. The Fast Ring is the
most active branch of Windows Insider program as it typically
receives new builds almost every week, and the Slow Ring
receives new builds once in a while.
In other words, the Fast ring gets build early, and the Slow
ring gets more stable builds but the latter has received new
updates at a rather slow pace. It appears that Microsoft
wants to bring Fast and Slow rings closer together and starting
with Redstone 5 update, the company would release more stable
builds to Slow Ring.
At Build 2018 developer conference, Microsoft revealed that the
Windows Insiders enrolled in the Slow Ring will receive the
builds at a faster pace but with more refinements and
stability. The approach could accelerate the development of
Windows 10 updates.
Microsoft will first release a new build for the Fast Ring
Insiders and then after fixing the bugs, the update will
be finally shipped to the Slow Ring. The release of builds for
Slow Ring also depends on found issues and feedback from the
Fast Ring Insiders.
Microsoft could still make small changes to the
build before rolling it out to the Slow Ring. Needless to
say, the approach could accelerate the development of Windows
10 as builds will be shipped to more beta testers before they
are being released to production machines.
Microsoft last month released the Windows 10 April 2018 Update
and software giant is now working on Redstone 5 update. The
next version of Windows 10 codenamed Redstone 5 is projected to
launch in the fall and preview builds are already being
shipped to Insiders.