Microsoft’s Windows 10 Anniversary Update is shaping up to be a rather feature-rich release scheduled for summer 2016. With a window of roughly five months, the Windows team is presumably all hands on deck. Even with the entire might of the Windows team patching, fixing, and implementing, not every kink or bug in the latest version of Windows 10 will be ironed out by the summer, without expanding its team.
That is where Windows Insiders come in. While the Insider program has helped the Windows team over the past year and a half, it looks as though Microsoft is calling upon its testing community in an extended capacity next week. Specifically, the Windows team will be hosting a Bug Bash Week where Insiders can participate in a four-day-long investigation of Windows 10 bugs and flaws.
According to Windows Insider lead Gabe Aul:
As part of the culture here at Microsoft, we like to dedicate certain days and have everyone in the team spend the time focused on finding new unreported issues. We call this a “Bug Bash.” We are kicking off a Bug Bash inside the Windows and Devices Group next week, and we’d like to invite you to join us! A large amount of the feedback we have already is from Windows Insiders, so we thought it was appropriate to include you in our upcoming Bug Bash as well. Next week we will have 4 days of multiple Quests inside the Feedback Hub that will highlight different areas of the product each day. We will be looking for feedback on each quest or whatever part of Windows and our apps you are most passionate about.”
As the latest Windows 10 Insider build landed earlier this morning, it is unclear if this new release will be the version bug squashing Insiders will be getting their hands on next week. Presuming build 14328 for PC is the bug build, many Insiders can take the operating system to task over the weekend to get an early start. There are also no clear indication that Bug Bash Week is limited to PCs. Windows 10 Mobile Insider previews also have the Feedback Hub app on phones and with both PC and mobile on the same version numbers, the Windows team might extend its inspection to phones as well. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Windows 10 Insiders are encouraged to visit the Feedback Hub in Windows 10 to get more information on Bug Bash Week.Further reading: Gabe Aul, Microsoft, Windows 10, Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Windows 10 Insider