Apparently a bigger update than the ones before … took me some time to get in installed (and it restarted at a time that I didn’t expect, I got on my feet to get me some coffee and when I returned the restart screen was welcoming me back forcing me to wait at least 15 minutes before I was able to continue my work).
Anyway … it is a Preview Build released to Fast Ring and the Skip Ahead subscribers. These builds will be from the rs_prerelease for RS4 (Redstone 4) and it was announced that from now on Fast Ring and Skip Ahead will get builds at the same time. My guess is that over time the Fast Ring will merge into Skip Ahead and Skip Ahead will go away (to maybe return before moving over to RS5 – if they will continue using the naming Redstone paradigm)
This build is also the first one with somewhat more visible changes, especially in the Settings area. No need to copy all the changes here, they are all collected in the official release post:
While we were at the Dutch TechDays 2017 event (see our short video impression here) Microsoft also released a new Insider Preview Build 17017.1000 to the Fast Ring and to the Skip Ahead Ring. Apparently these two rings are now slowly merging into the general ‘new’ Fast Ring.
According to comments on the Insiders blog the teams are now about to start checking in new code into these rings shortly so although there still is not much new to these builds they are preparing to provide you new stuff soon.
In this build there are a couple of new things though. There are the new Cortana Collections, Simplifying actions between Cortana and Action Center and third, new Startup Settings.
The Insiders blog discusses all three items, so no need to repeat that here just go to their blog:
Finally another build for Redstone 4, aka Windows 10 vNext, –following Fall Creators Update to be released in about two weeks from now- aka Skip Ahead, gets an update. For the first time the build number shifted from 16… to 17… something happening with each shift to a new version. The first Creators Update was numbered 15….
The blogpost mentions the watermark, bottom right, was removed, but my build contains the renewed “rs_prerelease” watermark:
Not much new in this release again, but there are some notable features if you look carefully. The Fluent UI slowly emerges into the UI, subtle lighting in the start menu can be noticed:
For the most part there are the issues fixed for Redstone 3, Fall Creators Update, that will be incorporated from the other flight into the Redstone 4 flight. So don’t expect too much from the update … yet.
It’s been a couple of days ago already since the previous Preview Build came around. But today, while the complete Insiders Team is at #msignite they announced the release of Windows 10 Insiders Preview Build 16299:
Only on the Fast Ring of Redstone 3 (Fall Creators Update) and not on Skip Ahead (Redstone 4).
Just some bug fixes, the list is getting shorter and shorter ….
Just when I posted the blog about Insider Preview Build 16288 yesterday I received Insider Preview Build 16362 on my Skip Ahead machine and had to reboot for a relatively long boot process.
As you know there are two flights these days, one Redstone 3 (Fall Creators Update) flight and one Redstone 4 (Skip Ahead) flight. The Redstone 3 flight is now almost ready and on Build 16288 but Redstone 4 is just starting and as of today on Build 16362:
As they mention: “Because we are just beginning development for RS4, Insiders shouldn’t expect to see a lot of big changes or new features just yet. Our focus remains getting the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update ready for release!”
There are some improvements, like the improved boot experience where the boot process is able to use your settings to show information according to your personal settings (this is an Opt-out option, so you can disable it) and Narrator improvements among a long list of smaller fixes.
If you don’t have Skip Ahead, you still need to wait until they open up the program again (to be expected just after the Fall Creators Update is released). All others … enjoy your new Build!
Almost at the same time as the Insider Preview Build 16281 for PC for Redstone 3 (Fall Creators Update) Microsoft released the Skip Ahead Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16353 for PC to the Windows Insiders who opted in for the Skip Ahead flight:
The flight is currently closed, if you haven’t joined the Skip Ahead flight you need to wait until after the release of the Fall Creators Update that was announced for October 17th in about six weeks from now:
Microsoft created a nice infographic to show you the differences between the RS3 and RS4 flights:
I just installed the build, no issues so far so all good for now …
Apparently there was some need to push another build out today:
Only two days ago in my blogpost I discussed the update 16273 for both Redstone 3 as Redstone 4 where I mentioned that the Redstone 3 (Fall Creators Update) would show us just some stabilizing and bug fix items. And this appears to be right, this release, Build 16275, has just been pushed out to the Fast Ring of the Fall Creators Update and not to the Skip Ahead (Redstone 4) flight.
Also Build 15245 for Mobile was released, but you might wonder what the use of this is where the number of Mobile devices is shrinking each day without the option to buy new devices. They are simply unavailable in stores, even in Microsoft Stores they are no longer available.
A little while ago I mentioned there was no jumping on the Redstone 4 (Windows vNext after Windows 10 Fall Creators Update) train anymore if you are not already on that train.
Today there was an update for the ones who -are- riding the RS4 train: Windows 10 Insider Preview 16273.1000 (rs_prerelease).
Notice the tagged “rs_prerelease”, this indicates you are on the Redstone 4 track. The ‘commons’ on Windows 10 Insider Preview will have the tag “rs3_release”, also released today.
No clues to what has been fixed in these releases, it has been about 3 weeks since the last update due to some bugs found so I’ll just assume that it is just more stabilizing Redstone 3 stuff.
Go get it if you are an Insider!
Update: Here are the change notes for this build at the Microsoft Windows Blog https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/08/23/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-16273-pc
Last week I announced that “Skip ahead to the next Windows release” came available for Windows Insiders at the Windows Insider Program. Well that’s no longer possible.
At the time they already announced that this option would be available for only for the time being and would be closed down after enough participants decided to join in.
One of the reasons is that they still need enough Windows Insiders to participate in the stabilizing process for Redstone 3 aka the Fall Creators Update that we can expect somewhere in September this year and most likely will be versioned as 1709.
So there you have it:
If you are not in already, nothing is lost … you’ll be just helping to stabilize the Fall Creators Update and when this is released the program will be opened up again for all Windows Insiders to join in the new Redstone 4 development cycle.
Be aware though that, especially in the first builds, it can be a buggy experience. First builds tend to be somewhat unstable.
If that is not your thing, it is advised that you stay on the Fall Creators Update for a while longer and maybe join in at a later time. Chances are better receiving a more stable build getting closer to the next release that, if the cadence continues to go on like this, might be here around 1803 (March 2018). But this is just guessing by looking at the stars .
It was announced a couple of days ago at the Feedback Hub, but it wasn’t really all that visible. Windows Insiders are now moving into Redstone 4, the successor of the Fall Creators Update.
We are close to getting Redstone 3 aka Fall Creators Update of Windows 10 so this flight (the stream of updates released to Windows Insiders like myself) is currently stabilizing.
If you go to the Settings in Windows 10 you see under Update & Security on the Windows Insider Program tab a new option under What kind of content would you like to receive:
“Skip ahead to the next Windows release”
And the comment that goes with it: “Skip stabilizing our upcoming release and move straight on to our next Windows release”.
There is no option to skip between Slow, Fast or other level:
“Only one level is available for your selected branch”
Switching these options will immediately give you:
If you see 16251.0 you are still on release Redstone 3 (Fall Creators Update) but if you are getting 16251.1000 you are on the next path, Redstone 4 … Let’s move on!