The Windows Insider program continues despite Windows 10 now being officially launched. Members of the preview program now have a new Build 10525 available to them (Fast ring only), which is apparently the first build released since the final build 10240 was officially rolled out on July 29.
Gabe Aul, VP of the engineering systems team on the Windows devices group said that with the general availability of Windows 10, the Windows Insider program will continue its focus on building and delivering Windows as a service, by updating the new OS with ‘new features and functionality on an ongoing basis’.
The new build includes new features like additional color options, along with performance improvements and bug fixes. With the new build, Insiders now have the option to customize colors for Start, Action Center, Task Bar along with Title bars. While the other major changes include improvements made to the Memory Manager. It now comes with the ability to compress pages during intense usage thereby reducing pressure on system memory. Thus, by reducing the amount of memory used per process, Windows 10 can effectively manage more active programs in the main memory, which is going to be a massive relief for devices with less memory.
And as with any build, there are some obvious issues with the latest build 10525. Mobile hotspot is still not functional with this new build – like the latest Windows 10 Mobile build 10512 released last week – while video playback has a glitch as it requires an update to the Movies & TV app. In addition, the optional languages pack has not been rolled out with the new build, though should be available later this week.
Meanwhile, now with the general availability of Windows 10, Insiders can either go for the actual consumer release or keep on testing new builds. Members who’ve been running Windows 10 Insider Preview builds, the steps have not changed as they’ll be automatically upgraded or can do it via Windows Update.
While those of you who’re yet to run a Windows 10 Insider Preview build, will need first to upgrade to Windows 10 via the free upgrade offer, or by purchasing the OS separately or by buying a new PC, and then select the option to get into the Windows Insider program via Settings app > Update & Security > Windows Update > Advanced options > Get Insider builds. The only major change this time around is that Windows 10 Insider preview builds need to be installed on genuine Windows 10 devices. Hence, users need to make sure their device is activated which they can check by going to Settings app> Update & security > Activation.
Members who are not interested to upgrade to the new Insider build, can stick to the stable release build 10240 which is still downloadable. As members cannot opt-out of Insider builds until they perform a clean installation or downgrade to the previous versions of the Windows.
Meanwhile, with the launch of Windows 10 Mobile almost upon us, Microsoft rolled out the new build 10512 for its Fast Ring Windows Insiders. The latest Windows 10 Mobile build is a considerable improvement over its predecessor, offering performance and stability improvements, layout changes along with better writing algorithms.
The company is also expected to hold a special Windows 10 Mobile event on September 24th where it might unveil new flagship Windows 10 devices along with the new OS.