Today, Microsoft released the fourth Windows 10 Redstone Insider Preview. It’s also the third Redstone build with absolutely no new features.
Windows 10 for PCs Insider Preview build 14251 is a huge jump from build 11102, making many believe that there will be plenty of new features. After all, previous major jumps meant a lot.
Not this one. Here’s what Gabe Aul had to say:
Sharp-eyed Insiders likely noted the big jump in build numbers from our last preview build (11102). Historically, the codebase for mobile had a different OS version than the codebase for PC because they were developed by different teams on different schedules. With Windows 10, we became one Windows team and brought these two codebases together. We started by changing the version string displayed in the UI to be consistent, which is why you saw similarly labeled builds over the past year for both Mobile and PC, but the underlying binary version numbers were still different. As part of our work getting the common codebase ready for the next release, we decided to complete that work and sync the build numbers between mobile and PC. Because the mobile codebase used higher build numbers than PC, we needed to jump ahead a bunch of build numbers to ensure updates to future builds will continue to work. So that’s why build numbers went from 11105, 11106, and 11107 to 14251.
Since there are no new features (again), Microsoft is encouraging users to check out Cortana improvements and the Xbox Beta app. Personally, I’m just disappointed.
It is, however, good to know that those on the Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview aren’t missing out on anything cool. After all, we’re four builds into the Windows 10 for PCs Redstone preview while we’re five builds into the Windows 10 Mobile RTM build for Threshold 2.
It really speaks to Microsoft’s priorities…