Apparently, there’s a nasty bug that Microsoft is chasing…
During a beta period, a tester or test manager should always expect to find bugs and, more importantly to expect run with buggy software. It’s never really end user ready, despite the fact that you’re opening your user base up to a wider audience.
Case in point – Microsoft has opened up Windows 10 to its Windows Insiders. You can get prerelease builds of Windows on the Fast, Slow and Release Preview rings.
- Fast Ring – You get (nearly) every build that Microsoft releases to its Insider program. While there’s a lot of churn here, you get the most builds, and you’ll also likely see the most bugs. Builds are released almost every other week.
- Slow Ring – Slow Ring is more stable than Fast Ring, but you don’t see as much churn. Things are still buggy; but there’s a bit more polish than with Fast Ring. While there’s still risk with Slow Ring, but with the right hardware combinations, it can still be very usable.
- Release Preview – You can think of builds released in this ring being of Release Candidate quality. This gets you things early, but nearly everything here is production ready, or can be considered Production Ready. Builds hit here a week or two before this hits Windows Update for everyone else.
So, with this model in mind, last week (as of this writing), Windows Insider guru Gabe Aul stated that there wouldn’t be any new builds of Windows 10 to the Fast Ring due to a bug that needed additional development time and attention.
According to Aul, there’s a bug in both Mobile and PC versions of Windows 10 that causes system crashes (what we used to call the Blue Screen of Death). Thankfully, the defect was caught before it hit Fast Ring (so, by Microsoft’s internal testing team), and as such, the details on the bug are sketchy at best. All we know is that it causes PC’s and phones to crash.
UPDATE – While writing this article, Microsoft released Insider Preview Build 14342 on 2016-05-10. The updated build includes the following:
- Updated Extensions in Microsoft Edge
- Real-Time Web Notifications in Edge
- Swipe navigation in Edge
- Bash on Ubuntu on Windows Improvements
- Skype Universal Windows Platform (UWP) Update
- Updated Windows Ink Workspace Icon
- Updated Visuals for UAC (User Account Control) dialog
- Middle click to dismiss Action Center
- Apps for Websites
- Feedback Hub Improvements
The crashing bug noted above, has been resolved.
Are you installing preview builds of Windows 10? How do you find the latest builds? Are they worth the time and effort? Why don’t you meet me in the Discussion Area, below, and give me your thoughts on them?