In a briefing given by Gabe Aul last year at Microsoft Ignite in Atlanta, he shared that there are far fewer Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring compared to those who opted into the Slow Ring for new testing/development builds.
I must admit - that stat surprised me because I would have expected the exact opposite - just because Fast Ring means quicker access to new features and fixes.
Well with today's Slow Ring build shuffle, a lot of Windows Insiders are about to get their hands on a new build of the Windows 10 Creators Update. The last time they received a build, it was 14986, was last year on 14 December 2016 - 85 days ago.
The delta between 14986 and 15048 is quite large as well because Fast Ring Insiders have received nine new builds in that same time frame. Although the last couple of builds have not added a lot of features, those earlier ones certainly did introduce some stuff those folks in the Slow Ring will be seeing for the first time.
So while you Slow Ring Windows Insiders wait for this new to you build to download, just go hit Check for Updates in the Windows Settings app to get it, you can see this list of some of the new things you will see once you are up and running on 15048.
Build 15002 (Released on 09 January 2017)
This was a massive update and had improvements in the following areas of the OS:
- Microsoft Edge
- Start and Shell
- Windows Ink
- Windows Defender
- Windows Settings
- Blue Screen of Death becomes Green Screen of Death for Insider Builds
- Virtual Machines
- Windows Update
You can see the very detailed list of all of the individual new items in this build in our PC Build Trackers Build 15002 page.
Build 15007 (Released on 12 January 2017)
- Sharing your tabs that have been set aside
- Import Data from other installed browsers
- Run downloaded program directly instead of saving
- Web Notes picks up Windows Ink experience
Windows 10 Themes
- Will soon include a link in Windows Settings to download themes directly from the Windows Store
- Help you pick up where you left off on other devices
Action Center/Notification Center
- Notifications will incorporate a progress bar in the alert
- Scrollbars improvements for UWP apps for smoother scrolling and taking up less space in UI
- ALT + N keyboard shortcut for screenshots
- Rainbow Flaq emoji added
- Visual guidance to show facial tracking in real time
- Improved progress indicator
Build 15014 (Released on 19 January 2017)
Microsoft formally announced alongside this builds release that the My People feature was being removed from the Creators Update. It was pushed to the next major feature update that is expected this fall.
New features in this build included:
- Purchase and read e-books through Microsoft Edge. The Windows Store now has a section dedicated to e-books and Microsoft Edge has an e-book tab under the Hub.
- Pick you own custom accent color in Personalization settings.
- Automatically free up space by removing temporary and un-used files option in Windows Settings.
- Merged Wi-Fi settings
Build 15019 (Released on 27 January 2017)
- Built in Beam streaming
- New Games category in Windows Settings
- Game Mode
- Microsoft Edge gets full color emoji
- Updated Out of Box Experience (Privacy, Windows Hello enrollment, Voice Control, Subtitles)
- Blue Light renamed to Night Light
- Resize Virtual Machines in Hyper-V
- App and Game download progress bars in Action Center
- Troubleshooters section added to Windows Settings
Build 15025 (Released on 01 February 2017)
- Braille support in Narrator
- Mono option added to Ease of Access
- Collections in Feedback Hub to consolidate feedback for same issue/area
- Night Light improvements
Build 15031 (Released on 08 February 2017)
- Compact Overlay (Picture in Picture for an app)
- Dynamic Lock using Bluetooth paired phone
- New Share icon
Build 15042 (Released on 24 February 2017)
- New Cortana animation in Out of Box Experience
- Prompt to enable Flash in Microsoft Edge now has a dialog near URL bar to notify user that Flash bas been blocked and needs to be clicked to run.
- Improved reading experience for eBooks in Microsoft Edge
Build 15046 (Released on 28 February 2017)
- Windows Defender System Tray icon has protection status overlay and App and Browser section is now functional
- Pick up where you left off alerts in Action Center tweaked to now show apps and files plus the previously included websites from Microsoft Edge.
- Improved translations
- Updated Games icon to align with other icons in Windows Settings
- Application Installation Control that lets you restrict the installation of apps to those in the Windows Store.
Build 15048 (Released on 03 March 2017)
No new features.
You will notice that the number of new features and tweaks to those features slowed down over the last few builds. That is exactly as expected since we are getting very close to the general release of the Creators Update for all Windows 10 users.
Now all of the teams focus is on fixing bugs, known issues, and making sure performance is solid.
So for you Slow Ring Windows Insiders - enjoy your big update. You have a lot to explore and give feedback on!