Microsoft has released rs1_release_11082.1000, the first of its "Redstone" builds for the next version of Windows 10. It has no immediately obvious changes (much less improvements) compared to the latest cumulative update 5 of Windows 10 version 1511, build 10586.29.
It appears as if the bits will be released in waves, as it isn't available for all Fast ring participants at the time of this writing.
Win10 mouthpiece Gabe Aul has a blog post meant to inspire the troops. In it, he promises (once again) to make the wheels of change move faster:
One of the things that I have heard many times from Insiders in the Fast ring is that they want to see a faster pace of build availability. We've been considering how we want to respond to this feedback, and in January we expect to pick up the pace. To do this, we are re-evaluating the ring promotion criteria to allow more builds to reach Windows Insiders. The new criteria will be much closer to our criteria for flighting to our internal rings, which means more builds will pass it and be released externally to the Fast ring. This also means however that the builds we release to the Fast ring may include more bugs and other issues that could be slightly more painful for some people to live with. It's a trade-off -- as the thing that throttles the rate of builds is the promotion criteria.
Funny, that's what Microsoft promised nine months ago.
There's a Windows Feedback page about issues with this build, which includes a mere three notes:
- Languages packages and Features on Demand will fail to install on this build. We are investigating workarounds.
- When copying, deleting, or moving files there will be no progress dialog shown. The file action will complete without intervention. This can cause confusion when acting on large files or directories.
- With this build, application defaults for some applications will be reset. Music & Video will default to Windows Media Player. This can be reconfigured opening Cortana or Search and searching for "Choose default apps by file type" to open the correct settings page.
After installing build 11082, the installer puts you through the old "Hi! / All your files are exactly where you left them" sequence. There's a watermark on the main page: "Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview / Evaluation copy. Build 11082."
The Windows 10 internal version number (type "winver" in the Cortana search box) comes up as Version 1511 (OS Build 11082.1000).