On Monday, October 12th, Microsoft rolled out a new preview of Windows 10 through the Fast ring of updates. On October 15th, the company decided to make available the ISO files for the latest preview, and today Friday, October 16th, Microsoft is rolling out Windows 10 build 10565 to the Slow ring.
It’s been a long time since Insiders saw a preview build of Windows 10 for PCs in the Slow ring, but it appears that as Microsoft gets closer to release the Windows 10 Threshold 2 update to the public, builds are getting more stable to the point that build 10565 may not be the only preview we will see in the Slow ring.
Windows 10 build 10565 is a great build that includes a number of changes, such as:
- New activation process that allows users to activate Windows 10 doing a clean install using a Windows 7 or Windows 8.x product key without go through the initial upgrade.
- Microsoft bundles the first preview of the Messaging, Phone, and Skype Video.
- Microsoft Edge gets tab preview and syncing for Favorites and Reading list items between devices.
- There are new changes in the title bars for the desktop environment.
- Updated context menus on Start
- Cortana improvements
— Gabriel Aul (@GabeAul) October 16, 2015
What does “Slow ring” really means? If you’re still not familiar with the Windows Insider program, those who participate in the program can download and test upcoming to changes before they are release to the public. You can get new builds through two different channels: the Fast or Slow ring of updates. When Microsoft releases a new preview of Windows 10 through the Fast ring, it means that the software contains more bugs and fewer workarounds, but when a preview is available through the Slow ring, it means that most of the big issues have been worked out and there are not significant bugs.
If you’re in the Fast ring, you don’t have to necessarily change channels, as Microsoft is known to release the corresponding updates to bring the code to the Slow ring level.
If you want to know about this release, check out my hands-on video with Windows 10 build 10565.