Microsoft describes the feedback process for the Windows 10 Technical Preview

Microsoft has just launched the first update for its Windows 10 Technical Preview, based on feedback from its many users. In fact, Microsoft has gone out of its way to make sure that it gets as much feedback as possible for its OS. In a blog post, Microsoft's Gabe Aul, the leader of the Operating Systems Group's Data and Fundamentals Team, writes about just how that feedback is translated into actual new features and bug fixes for future builds.

Aul states, "To date you've sent us over 250,000 pieces of feedback through the Windows Feedback tool, 25,381 community forum posts, and 641 suggestions in the Windows Suggestion Box." However, once someone sends in a specific feedback note, it goes through what he calls "ring progression." Aul says:

"Every day our build process compiles the latest changes our engineers have made and produces a build that is automatically sent out to our "Canary ring" – people in OSG who want to be the first to get started using and testing the newest code. Once we have validated with that group that the build is stable enough to use by more people, it is sent out to the next ring – all of OSG – where we validate it with that audience. From there we send it to tens of thousands of people here at Microsoft, and after it proves stable enough there, we make it available to you. So the build you're seeing today was first deployed to the Canary ring about 1 ½ weeks ago, and some of the code going into that build may have been made several weeks before."


Microsoft has set up a new "fast" and "slow" update option for Windows 10 Technical Preview with this new build and Aul has updated the "ring progression" diagram to reflect that system as well. Will you be a "fast" or "slow" updater for Windows 10?

Source: Microsoft

John Callaham