Confused about what Windows 10 test builds are in which Insider ring? There's an easy way to find out
The Windows Insider program is a mess. It used to be as an Insider you got to test just early versions of the next big OS feature update, but now -- depending on which ring you’re in -- you might be testing versions for the first Windows 10 update of 2020, due out over a year from now.
As if that’s not bad enough, Fast ring Insiders are currently receiving new builds at a rate of two a week -- which hardly provides enough time to install and test them -- while Slow ring Insiders get only very occasional updates. It’s no wonder some of Microsoft’s loyal legion of unpaid testers are confused.
- Microsoft releases Windows 10 19H1 Build 18351 to the Fast ring
- Windows 10 loses share as Windows 7 makes significant gains
If Microsoft’s release approach has you scratching your head, you’re not alone. Thankfully, the software giant has a solution.
No, it’s not to simplify the release schedule, but rather to make it easy to check which builds can be accessed from what rings.