Microsoft will continue to push out preview builds after Anniversary Update


Microsoft has revealed it plans to keep its preview build system in place, even after the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition launches on August 2.

Currently, Microsoft uses preview builds pushed out to a system of members - called Windows Insiders - who get the opportunity to test new Windows features early, as well as find and report any bugs back to Microsoft so the tech giant can make the necessary changes before full roll-out.

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The first of those full roll-outs since the launch of Windows 10 last year is coming on August 2 and many assumed that Microsoft might slow down the preview build system after that.

However, responding to a question on social media, Insider programme chief Dona Sarkar suggested the firm had other ideas.

"We will definitely keep pushing builds post-anniversary update. This system seems to work pretty well," she said on Twitter.

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We're likely to get another Windows update in 2017, so Microsoft may well choose to test new features in preview builds for that update later this year.

Next month's Anniversary Edition update is due to see Windows Hello - the facial recognition software - given a wider roll-out to improve security, as well as Windows Ink that will enable users to write and annotate on compatible screens.

There's also more fluid links with Xbox One coming and updates to the Edge web browser.