Microsoft's Windows 10: Some coming features emerge amid the test-build mess

Microsoft's Windows 10: Some coming features emerge amid the test-build mess

Microsoft's Windows 10: Some coming features emerge amid the test-build mess

"Many of you discovered that earlier this afternoon, builds from some of our internal branches were accidentally released for PC and Mobile". "This happened because an inadvertent deployment to the engineering system that controls which builds/which rings to push out to insiders", she wrote.

Microsoft says its team was quick to revert the deployment and put blocks in place to stop these builds from going out to more people.

And now it seems that many users of Windows XP got the message, as new statistics show that XP's market share collapsed last month, dropping from 7.04 percent to 5.66 percent. For those that did receive a build ahead of schedule, Microsoft has a couple of options. For desktop users, the problem is merely an annoyance; the build, taken from a development branch named "RS_EDGE_CASE", appears to work, broadly speaking, but "may include issues that impact usability of your PC". You may either wait until Microsoft publishes the next build or consider rolling back to previous build. First off, if you've had the build offered and you're not in the Insider Programme, it just won't install, pure and simple.

The purported Windows XP was running on nearly 10.34 per cent of computers in July 2016, so the operating system barely lost 3 per cent market share points in approximately 10 months, despite no longer getting patches and security updates.

The mobile situation is a little more grave.

Microsoft advised those who received the branch from RS-IoT on Mobile to use the Windows Device Recovery Tool and reflash in order to get out of reboot loops.

As discovered late previous year, Home Hub is meant to be a feature for making Windows 10 devices a central clearinghouse in families' homes. These bad releases break that trust, driving home the message that the Insider program is not a good fit for any machine that you actually depend on. "We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for being a Windows Insider!".

While such faulty update releases from Microsoft are a part of the tech folklore, this internal build 16212 was probably meant for internal testing by Microsoft engineers.

Microsoft is expected to release (intentionally) new, planned test builds to Windows 10 Insiders next week.

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