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Microsoft is testing new update targeting framework

We wrote earlier today about a round of cumulative updates that were being released to users donning the Windows 10 Creators Update and boy was the list of addresses rather long.

Cumulative Update build 15063.447 or also known as KB4022716 brought fixes for everything from camera and memory issues on mobile devices to NVIDIA drivers that have recently stopped working on PCs.

However, it seems that today’s Cumulative Update to users with the Windows 10 Creators Update was only half the story.

Later in the day, the Windows team rolled out a lesser touted Cumulative Update to Windows 10 users on the Slow Ring of the Insider program. While the update for Slow Ring users seems no different than the one hitting other devices, KB4022716 brings a new testing bed for staggering and targeting updating devices.

With the forth coming release of a new Windows 10 Fall Creators Update build to the Slow ring, we are testing a new update targeting framework and will be delivering the build in staggered phases. This will simulate the rollout process we use when we release major Windows 10 feature updates to retail customers.

When we release a new Windows 10 Fall Creators Update build to Insiders in the Slow ring, they can wait to be targeted to install the new build, or instead of waiting Insiders can manually check for updates via Windows Update to get the new build.

The break in release tradition seems to be the Windows team’s answer for users complaints about annoyances with how Windows 10 updates.

Dona Sarkar of the Windows Insider program also notes, “they [Slow Ring Insiders] can wait to be targeted to install the new build, or instead of waiting Insiders can manually check for updates via Windows Update to get the new build.”

Seems as though the Cumulative Update for the Slow Ring gives Microsoft another measuring tool to ensure that Windows 10 updates run as smooth as possible by giving the user more granular control over their update process.

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Are you still testing Windows 10 Insider builds, and if so, what ring are you on?