Microsoft is reporting there are now about 450,000 "highly active" users of their Windows 10 Technical Preview, out of 1.5 million users who have signed up for the Windows Insider program. Those folks with the "highly active" label are using Windows 10 every day.
Microsoft's Gabriel Aul wrote today, "Windows Insiders are using Windows 10 preview builds more actively than participants in preview/beta programs for any prior release of Windows." Since the launch of the first public build of the OS preview October 1, the Windows 10 team has fixed "almost 1,300 bugs", according to Aul.
Microsoft's current official Windows 10 preview build, version 9879, won't be updated to a new build number until sometime in early 2015. However, a leaked version of a 9901 build hit the Internet a few days ago. Aul has an explanation as to why Microsoft won't be rushing out a new public build of Windows 10 before the end of 2014:
"We've been very hard at work putting together a great build for you that includes a bunch of new features and improvements. As all of those payloads came in we needed to stabilize code, fix any integration issues, and ensure all of the new UX is polished. We're really focused on making the next build something that we hope you'll think is awesome. In fact, just so that we have a daily reminder to ourselves that we want this build to be great, we even named our build branch FBL_AWESOME. Yeah, it's a bit corny, but trust me that every Dev that checks in their code and sees that branch name gets an immediate reminder of our goal. We're super excited to show you what we've been up to! "
There have been a number of patches and hotfixes for Windows 10 build 9879 since it was pushed out, including one that was released Tuesday, to fix a few issues that have popped up since its release. Aul said, "We're confident that this will get smoother as we evolve how we do this, but we do apologize for the bumps and thank you for sticking with us!"