Microsoft has just released Build 10240 to the fast (and slow) rings of Windows Insiders. The new build is not officially the RTM as expected, instead Microsoft says they’re embracing their new way of delivering Windows.. which means they’re never done. Windows as a service means versions will stop mattering and updates are when changes are required.
Basically this means there won’t be a single version that ships to OEMs. For those who are attempting to rush out machines to hit the July 29th launch date, they may ship ‘TH1 Professional 10240’ but if you buy a computer 2 weeks after launch, you’re likely to get a more current build. This is all new territory for Microsoft, OEMs and customers. The real difference will be how many updates you have to do on day one of buying a new machine.
Obviously there’s a massive number of bugs that have been squashed in the new build, but in terms of new features, they’re pretty limited, which isn’t a surprise at this point. One change is to Microsoft Edge, which receives a big speed update.
- On WebKit Sunspider, Edge is 112% faster than Chrome
- On Google Octane, Edge is 11% faster than Chrome
- On Apple JetStream, Edge is 37% faster than Chrome
For more information, head to Blogging Windows.