Windows Insiders on the Beta Channel (which is the second most
stable channel of the Windows Insider program) will be getting
their first taste of Microsoft’s next major Windows 11 update
As you’re probably aware, Windows Insider Program has been
designed for users and enterprises interested in the get early
access to upcoming features. The Windows Insider program
currently includes three channels (levels of readiness) – Dev
Channel (Fast ring), Beta Channel (Slow ring), and Release
At the moment, Windows 11 preview is available for those part
of the Dev Channel of the Insider program. Unlike the two other
channels, Dev Channel gives you access to new improvements as
soon as they’re ready for public preview, but builds in Dev
Channel are generally buggy.
For example, a bug in
Windows 11 Build 22000.71, which was released this week,
could crash the File Explorer (explorer.exe) and taskbar if you
click on the calendar flyout to open the notification center.
Explorer.exe crashes are experienced when the Focus Assist
feature is turned off.
According to Microsoft
officials, the tech giant is now planning to ship Windows
11 preview build to Beta Channel later this month. In addition
to the first beta channel build, which is likely to be more
polished than the builds currently available in the Dev
Channel, we’re also expecting official ISO images.
Unlike the Dev Channel, the Beta channel will offer early
access to all new Windows 11 features and these builds will be
less risky. However, there’s a catch – new builds in the Beta
channel won’t be released as frequently as in the Dev Channel
and some improvements will be missing initially.
If you want to access newer features, but you don’t want to
deal with critical bugs, Beta Channel is for you.
Windows 11 RTM
Windows 11 Build 22000 is currently believed to be an RTM
(release to manufacturer) build.
Microsoft recently finalized Build 22000, which is the Core OS
of Windows 11, as the RTM candidate. iWdows Insiders are
currently testing cumulative updates for the operating system
and OEMs have already received the preview, but some bits will
be delivered later.
With the help of feedback and telemetry data from Windows
Insiders, Microsoft is now trying to polish the experience
before pushing the final build to devices in the production
Windows 11 will continue to evolve with quality improvements
just like the Creators Update did, so you can expect quality
improvements and support for Android apps and Microsoft Teams
chat app in the upcoming builds.