Sat. Jan 18th, 2020

Microsoft is servicing the Slow Ring

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The latest official blog of Microsoft said that the company is continuing to improve the stability of the version of the Windows 10 slow preview ring.

Microsoft also uses the description “why that’s big news” in the blog title, and it seems that Microsoft wants to improve the stability of each version.

Quickly learn about different test ring:

Currently, the Windows 10 test ring is divided into Fast, Slow, and Release Preview, and different rings represent different speeds and stability.

For example, the fast ring allows you to experience the new features as quickly as possible, but the disadvantage is that there are more potential problems in the beta version of the fast ring.

The release preview ring is the actual public branch of the release, and the speed of the change is very slow. The function updates and drivers of the ring are finalized.

The slow release ring is suitable for users who want to try out new features without risking the wrong ones. The ring is more stable than the fast ring.

Quick fix service for slow ring:

Microsoft said it had implemented a cumulative update strategy for slow lanes, which means that when a problem needs to be fixed, it is not a new release but a new cumulative update.

This way users do not need frequent updates and can quickly resolve known issues. For Microsoft, this is necessarily a way to improve stability.

Microsoft said the company will keep track of the quality of the evaluation version of users with Fast Ring, and will sort out any issues submitted by the slow ring.

The collated issues will be sent to the feature development team and fixed in 3~5 days. After the repair is completed, the cumulative update will be posted to the slow ring users.

Continue to increase the slow-changing frequency during the RS6 development cycle:

Microsoft said that in the development cycle of RS6, Windows 10 Version 1903, it will continue to improve the speed of the slow ring to release new features.

At the same time, Microsoft promises to release updates to the slow ring on the routine update date at least every month to ensure that the expected stability after repairing the problem.

Later, it will also improve the cumulative update to make the cumulative update smaller and easier to deploy. Simply put, Microsoft recommends that you use the slow ring.