One of the questions Microsoft’s Gabriel Aul is asked all the time in Twitter is when the new build of Windows 10 is coming, why the company can’t be more transparent, and “I thought you said in January that builds will be coming faster from now on?”. As such, this week Microsoft shed some light to why is taking longer than usual to release new builds.
On a new article at the Windows Blog, Microsoft elaborates on build availability, which is a problem of stability. As we get closer to the Windows 10 RTM, people would think that the operating system becomes more stable. However, if the software maker releases new builds faster, then programmers would not have enough time to fix bugs; and this is why the company has been careful on pushing new builds through the fast ring of updates.
As we get closer to the launch date, Microsoft needs to add more features and functionality to the operating system, and the company simply needs more time to properly implement new changes and work out bugs as much as possible to release a stable build.
Also the company takes on transparency as many people want to know specific dates on when new builds will become available, which often times, Microsoft can only answer “soon”.
According to the software maker, announcing fixed public date could result on getting new releases more slowly and with fewer features as the company would have to pay attention to deadlines, which isn’t productive. Now, without a fixed date, Microsoft can simply get the build ready and push it out as soon as it is stable and with the intended features and fixes.
The company is even considering adding a new “ludicrous speed” ring to the Windows Insider program, which it may have sounded like a joke, but Microsoft is actually considering adding a faster ring for those Insiders hungry to test a new version of Windows 10.
Now, you know the real reason to why Microsoft isn’t releasing new builds exactly on the monthly basis. However, because millions of PCs are already running Windows 10, the company wants to lower the possibility of crashes and other problems that can be caused by an unfinished product. As such, Microsoft is looking twice both sides of the street before crossing.
It’s been over 45 days since the company released the last build and while we still don’t have a specific release date, Microsoft’s Gabriel Aul says that it’s only one bug blocking them to ship a new build.
@callum90ish I won't usually do this but I want to honor the feedback & intent of blog: It's a good build. 1 blocking bug. Weighing options.
— Gabriel Aul (@GabeAul) March 11, 2015