Windows 10 Redstone 2 new features are tested internally

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Yesterday, Microsoft is expected to release the first Windows 10 Redstone 2 test build, No. 14901, which can be tried out by PC users in the Fast Ring. This time, Microsoft will focus mostly on “structural improvements”, but that doesn’t mean that the company has no plans to bring new features. Actually, an engineer working for Microsoft has revealed that several features are being tested in the internal canary ring, which was specially created for Microsoft employees.

So, before releasing new builds for Insiders, they’re tested out by Microsoft’s team, which means that the first ones to have access to new features. Even if the Windows 10 Redstone 2 will focus on structural improvements, Carmen Crincoli, Storage IHV partner manager at Microsoft, has said via WinBeta that the developers have prepared new features which are currently tested in the canary ring, but she didn’t offer too many details.

“Canary ring is already providing happy surprises. Love how quickly teams are working on new features. The downside is, I now have to be careful about using my Surface during this conference in order to prevent inadvertently revealing things,” said Carmen Crincoli.

Her statement, however, is in a direct contradiction with Microsoft’s warning, because the company has previously said that the first Windows 10 Redstone 2 builds won’t bring any new features.

“With the new builds we release from our Development Branch, you won’t see any big noticeable changes or new features just yet. Just like we did after the release of the November Update, we are focusing on making some structural improvements to OneCore. If you recall – OneCore is the shared core of Windows across PC, tablet, phone, IoT, Hololens and Xbox. It is essentially the heart of Windows,” has explained the company.

The Redstone 2 update will make its debut in spring 2017, but until then, Microsoft will keep releasing test builds for Insiders and most likely, new features will be introduced during the development process.

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