Microsoft announced Canary Channel for Windows Insider Program

Microsoft announced today the addition of a new testing channel, the Canary Channel, to the existing three testing channels in Windows Insider Program. Starting with Windows 11 Build 25000.x, all versions will be transferred to the Canary Channel. The Canary Channel is most familiar to everyone as Google Chrome Canary. After Microsoft turned to Chromium, Microsoft Edge also had a Canary version. Like Edge, the new channel aims to provide more frequent version updates, although stability will further decrease.

Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25120

Microsoft stated that the versions sent to the Canary Channel are rapidly built and rarely tested or validated before they are pushed out. Therefore, these versions may contain significant issues that could render your computer unusable, and in rare cases, you may need to reinstall the system.

At the same time, Microsoft will not publish a blog for every Canary Channel update, as it only provides update explanations for the Dev Channel and below, unless there is a significant functional update in the Canary Channel, in which case Microsoft will issue a blog.

If users upgrade to the Canary Channel, like with other channels, the system version can only be upgraded, not downgraded. If you want to downgrade, you will need to reinstall the system.

Finally, Microsoft emphasizes that the new features added to the Canary Channel are for testing purposes only, and these features may or may not make it to the official version and may be permanently deleted after testing.

Initial build series per channel:

  • Canary Channel: 25000 series.
  • Dev Channel: 23000 series.
  • Beta Channel: 22000 series.
  • Release Preview: Released versions of Windows 10 and Windows 11.