Those who were in the Windows 10 Insider program had the joy of letting everyone know whether or not Windows 10 was going to break for us on launch. But after Windows 10’s release, they’re going to be getting updates ahead of time too — including the ones pushed out today.
A post on the Microsoft blog today reveals that those who took part in the Windows 10 Insider program should already have upgraded, or will do so very shortly, to Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10525.
That’s code for the first “beta” version of the OS since release, and even though Windows 10 is launched to all and sundry Microsoft warns “that prerelease software will come with bugs and things that are incomplete”. Of particular note is the fact that mobile hotspot functionality doesn’t work, optional languages aren’t available yet and you’ll have to update the Movies & TV Windows application (if you’re using that and not VLC like everyone else) if you want to play videos properly.
But hang on, I hear you ask. What’s the benefit of getting beta versions of updates? There’s quite a few, actually.
One of the major ones is a compression store in the Memory Manager, a new concept that “will compress unused pages instead of writing them to disk”. “This reduces the amount of memory used per process, allowing Windows 10 to maintain more applications in physical memory at a time,” Microsoft says.
It will reportedly make the OS a little snappier across the board and, as an added touch, it’ll be a viewable process in Task Manager. Some new colour options have been added to the Insider build too, although it looks fairly rudimentary at this stage.
For added brownie points, there is a new version of the Windows Feedback app for all users, although only those on the Windows Insiders program will be able to see Insider feedback, take screenshots (using the app, anyway), filter feedback from previous builds and reproduce issues in certain categories.