MICROSOFT HAS RELEASED the final preview edition of Windows 10 to insiders before the holidays kick in.
Build 11082 is now available to Fast Ring subscribers on the Windows Insider programme.
It contains nothing new to speak of, at least on the surface, but is the first with an '11' prefix, suggesting that it is, in its own small way, a milestone representing a cut off from the '10' builds that culminated in the November Update. The move to '11' indicates the start of precursoring the so-called 'Redstone' update due in summer 2016, which is the next big update of Windows-as-a-service.
Gabe Aul, the voice of the Insiders, said in his blog today: "With this build, you wont see big noticeable changes or new features just yet. Right now, the team is focused on product improvements based on the feedback were hearing on the November Update to Windows 10.
"This includes the changes that have also been going out as cumulative updates through Windows Update on your PCs running the Windows 10 November Update as well as on phones running Windows 10. Were also working on some structural improvements to OneCore, which is the shared core of Windows across devices."
Essentially, OneCore is the heart of Windows, and these improvements to OneCore make building Windows across PC, tablet, phone, IoT, HoloLens and Xbox more efficient, according to Aul.
"Were doing some code refactoring and other engineering work to make sure OneCore is optimally structured for teams to start checking in new features and improvements in the new year," he said.
It's noteworthy that this build encompasses Windows Mobile as well, after the first Windows 10 Mobile Lumia devices hit the market last month.
It appears that there will be a shorter gestation period between builds from next month, with internal builds hitting the external Fast Ring much more quickly. This will most likely lead to more buggy builds but faster access to new features for the peachy keen.
Microsoft began its latest efforts yesterday to get people to upgrade to Windows 10. Windows 7 and 8 users are now offered the choice of 'Upgrade Now' or 'Upgrade Tonight' with no immediate choice to not upgrade at all.