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Windows Build Thursday Comes Early With Build 10240

The next Windows 10 build was released today, but unlike most builds, this one was released to the Windows Insider Fast Ring and Slow Ring at the same time. This makes a strong statement that the OS is nearly finished, and the changes in build 10240 support that.

The Fast Ring and Slow Ring system that Microsoft uses to release project builds of its software was set up as a safety measure for Windows Insiders. The builds released to the Fast Ring are more experimental and may prove to be completely unstable. Those who decide to get the Fast Ring releases typically do so because they want to test the latest changes, and they usually know how to get out of trouble should it arise.

The Slow Ring builds on the other hand, are typically more stable. These traditionally go through a series of tests from Fast Ring users before being passed along, and for that reason they ultimately have fewer defects. This is usually better for users who don't know how to fix major problems that arise, but still want to test some of the latest features that prove to be stable.

By releasing a build to both Rings, Microsoft is making a strong statement that the latest build is stable and will function for everyone. This is reinforced by one of the changes made to this build version: the build number and watermarks have been removed from the desktop. This shows Microsoft is really working on the final touches, polishing the OS before it is sent out to the world.

The major feature of this build is a performance enhancement to Microsoft Edge, formerly known as the Project Spartan browser. Microsoft tested the JavaScript performance of the browser against the competition using several benchmarks and claimed that Edge is now significantly faster than the others. Microsoft claimed:

  • On Webkit Sunspider, Edge is 112 percent faster than Chrome
  • On Google Octane, Edge is 11 percent faster than Chrome
  • On Apple JetStream, Edge is 37 percent faster than Chrome

Although we cannot test these numbers ourselves, it is probably safe to say that the version of Edge inside of Build 10240 has significantly improved over previous builds.

The version of Microsoft Office included with this build also went through a series of changes according to Microsoft, expanding the overall feature set of the software suite.

It should be noted that all updates and builds as of Monday will not be available as separate downloads, but must be updated through the Windows Update system. To get the update, simply wait, and Windows will automatically update at some point as usual, or you can manually check for the update using the Windows Update service.

Microsoft stated that it is getting close to the finished product with this release, and given that July 29 is only two weeks away, that is exactly what we want to hear. Everyone is ready to move to Windows 10 and leave Windows 8/8.1 far behind.

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  • TechyInAZ
    I'm excited! Can't wait for windows 10 to be finished!
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  • uglyduckling81
    "Everyone is ready to move to Windows 10 and leave Windows 8/8.1 far behind. "
    I don't think this is very accurate. Look at how many people are still using Win7 despite Win8 being an improvement over it.
    Lots of people just can't accept change especially with rumours of a subscription model coming with Win10 down the road. Many people will keep with the old OS whilst wearing their tin foil hats instead just as they do now.
    Reply
  • goodguy713
    While I like windows 7 The simple fact that they offered a free upgrade with no up front costs involved I think ill take them up on it. I am curious how it will play with my revo drive 3 though.
    Reply
  • Jordan Nwokolo
    :pfff: Another Tablet OS for a High School teenagers Huh?? and it probably based on subscription..Thanks but No Thanks M$,,As a professional user ,this windows 10 is not for me :(
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  • scolaner
    "Everyone is ready to move to Windows 10 and leave Windows 8/8.1 far behind. "
    I don't think this is very accurate. Look at how many people are still using Win7 despite Win8 being an improvement over it.
    Lots of people just can't accept change especially with rumours of a subscription model coming with Win10 down the road. Many people will keep with the old OS whilst wearing their tin foil hats instead just as they do now.

    I don't think it's about tin foil hats at all. Many people just don't like the Windows 8/8.1 experience, and are still happy using Windows 7, and that's all there is to it.
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  • TechyInAZ
    16259548 said:
    "Everyone is ready to move to Windows 10 and leave Windows 8/8.1 far behind. "
    I don't think this is very accurate. Look at how many people are still using Win7 despite Win8 being an improvement over it.
    Lots of people just can't accept change especially with rumours of a subscription model coming with Win10 down the road. Many people will keep with the old OS whilst wearing their tin foil hats instead just as they do now.

    I don't think it's about tin foil hats at all. Many people just don't like the Windows 8/8.1 experience, and are still happy using Windows 7, and that's all there is to it.

    Agreed. Windows 10 is way better than windows 8, where as windows 8 was ok compared to windows 7. The majority of users I believe will be windows 7 and 10 users.
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  • hannibal
    win 7 has 6 years lifetime left... after that there is not much to chose from.
    I really hope that steam os will break the bank, but the "Linux will be the big hit" in near future has been around several years. And even now it has less than 1% of os markets...
    I have been using win8 several years from now, and it has been a good ride. It works well, and so on. The movement from older windows was not a easy one and it did take time to get used, but now the movement to win10 from win8 is no brainer.
    The harder part is to those who use win7. Do you move to Linux and lose game support (at least partly) or move to win10... Hard choise...
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  • codo
    7=XP to me now in my eyes. 8 has been great aside from all the ignorant people who refuse to change or learn anything, 10 looks nice but I'm interested to see if the issues I've been having with the preview (mostly performance) are just related to the computer its running on
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  • gggplaya
    16258905 said:
    "Everyone is ready to move to Windows 10 and leave Windows 8/8.1 far behind. "
    I don't think this is very accurate. Look at how many people are still using Win7 despite Win8 being an improvement over it.
    Lots of people just can't accept change especially with rumours of a subscription model coming with Win10 down the road. Many people will keep with the old OS whilst wearing their tin foil hats instead just as they do now.

    Just because it's newer, doesn't make it better. Windows 8/8.1 is a heavily butchered operating system, that tries to marry a touch screen interface with an interface designed for a high precision pointing device(mouse). Touchscreens are inherently a low precision pointing device, they require large buttons and so windows 8 forces the user into full screen applications which take over the entire operating system until you exit those applications. That defeats the purpose of "WINDOWS".

    Everytime you try to do something, it always pops up the metro UI in your face, which is far less efficient than the start button. A list text view is very efficient and quick to find programs. Icons are far less efficient and slow trying to scroll and find what you want. That's why a single desktop with icons works, you know exactly where your program is, you're not trying to find it. But scrolling through a screen of icons doesn't work, you have to locate it and it take too much more time than a simple list text.

    Windows 8 was an abomination, everyone hates it unless you're on a tablet PC. It tries to add touchscreen features which heavily dominate the OS and no longer makes it "WINDOWS". This is fine for people using touchscreens, but garbage for people with a high precision pointing device(mouse) and no touch screen.

    People that tout how great windows 8 is and say the rest of use are stupid, backwards and refuse to learn, are simply morons. They can't see how windows 8 does nothing better than windows 7, other than a few OS updates like directx and things like that(which could have been done for windows 7), but as for the UI, it's only better for people with touchscreens, and simply worse and less efficient for people without. It also in may ways, defeats the purpose of "WINDOWS" when parts of the UI dominate and take over the screen.

    It's not about learning it, the OS is simply crap. I'm forced to use it on my laptop because it came with it. I know how to use everything, and where to find what i need, just like i do for windows 7. But on my desktop PC, i have windows 7 and i still find it far more efficient and quicker to use. Less clicks, faster to find things, and easier to use when you have a mouse.
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  • ern88
    I agree that Windows 8 was pure garbage. Like 8.1 a lot. And Windows 10 looks like a winner. With DX12 with it. Should be great!!!
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