The Windows team brought its first-ever Windows 10 Bug Bash event to a close this past Sunday, May 1, 2016. After a long and exhaustive six days of bug searching and testing done by millions of Windows 10 Insiders, the Windows team can now begin the long process of prioritizing the areas of Windows 10 it needs to focus on before the Anniversary Update later this summer.
With all the numbers compiled from the six days of coverage, the Windows team has taken to the Feedback Hub on Windows 10 to post the results its external Bug Bash festivities. Regarding Quest Coverage, the Windows team proposed 89 Quests for Windows 10 Insiders to participate in during the event and, according to the Windows team, “we got great coverage” on them.
For those unfamiliar with the specifics of the Windows 10 Bug Bash, the event comprised of Quests that covered a range of issues and topics related to changes in the upcoming Windows 10 updated experience. Windows Insiders who participated in the event were encouraged each day with new Quest to seek out that involved testing Apps, Devices, Personal, and Productive experiences that had been marked as having bugs or issues in prior build releases.
The Windows team notes that among the 89 Quests it issued, five stood out as crowd favorites for many Windows Insiders. The five most sought out Quests were
- Windows Update – Your settings and personalization
- Alarms and Clock
- Windows Personalization
- Try Changing Windows Display Language
- Windows Store – Basic Scenario
While the Windows team initially announced that the Bug Bash event would be a four-day-long event, Windows Insiders were providing gobs of information and feedback, so the team decided to extend the event until the end of the weekend, prolonging participation by an additional two days. Even though participants were given an extra two days to pitch more feedback, the Windows team saw its biggest spike in completed Quests happen towards the middle of the event. On Wednesday, April, 27 and Thursday, April 28, 2016, the Windows team saw is over 30,000 and 35,000 respective Quests completed from around the world.
Speaking of the varied participants of the Bug Bash event, the Windows team also gathered telemetry from the top five countries that showed the most activity during the six days. At the top was the US, followed by the UK, Brazil at number three, Germany in the fourth spot, and India sitting at fifth, making up the countries that completed the most Quests during that time.
Other interesting metrics shared by the Windows team include some devices Insiders used to participate in the Bug Bash event topping out at 1.55, indicating that many were either using additional secondary PCs or mobile devices for testing. Among the nations that gave the most feedback and showed the most communal participation with upvotes, the US, Germany, and Spain all took noticeable marks from the Windows team.
There is much more on the results of the Bug Bash that can be found in the Feedback Hub on Windows 10 Insider builds. With as successful as the Bug Bash even appeared to be and a little under three months until the scheduled release of the Window 10 Anniversary Update, it may not be too far off to believe that the Windows team may hold another impromptu testing frenzy in the next few weeks. And so, if you missed out on participating last week, take some solace in knowing new builds will be forthcoming and the feedback you provide for them is just as important as the feedback given last week, mainly because that feedback could help shape the Quests for the next Bug Bash event.Further reading: Bug Bash, Microsoft, Windows 10, Windows 10 Insider