Windows 10 Post-Anniversary Update in the Works
That was fast. A week after Microsoft releases a major Windows 10 update, the company is setting the stage for the next one.Last week, Microsoft began rolling out its highly anticipated Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Wasting little time, the software maker is already laying the groundwork for its next major update, known internally as Redstone 2 (Anniversary Update carried the Redstone code name until its completion). This week, participants of the Windows Insider early access program who are enrolled into the Fast Ring can access Windows 10 build 14901. On the surface, Insiders may not notice many differences from previous versions, with the exception of some system instability, cautioned Microsoft's Dona Sarkar, head of the Windows Insider program. Most of the development work in these early stages is taking place behind the scenes. "We are focusing on making some structural improvements to OneCore which is the shared 'heart' of Windows across PC, tablet, phone, IoT, Hololens and Xbox," blogged Sarkar. OneCore sits at the center of Microsoft's Universal App initiative, wherein developers can code once and target multiple Windows-powered devices (PCs, tablets, phones, Xbox, etc.) with little to no modification for each platform.
"We're 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 a few months," continued Sarkar. "As a result, these builds may include more bugs and other issues that could be slightly more painful for some people to live with." She suggested that risk-averse Insiders switch to the Slow or Release Rings to access more stable builds.