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Windows 10 Redstone Update: Less Features, More Core Updates

New information has come to light regarding Windows 10’s anticipated Redstone update, and it may not quite please you: there aren’t going to be many new features.

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In a previous post where we discussed what to expect from Redstone update, we mentioned features like Continuum, roaming apps, OneDrive placeholders, and Edge extensions. As it turns out, Microsoft is likely going to postpone some of these features in order to make improvements to the core of Windows 10.

According to Petri.com which further points to ‘individuals who asked not to be named’, Microsoft will focus on OneCore as well as improving internal processes for development and testing of Windows 10. These two will take more resources from the Windows team, and thus the development of new features has been delayed. The unspecified new features will be released in updates after Redstone.

The changelogs of the latest cumulative updates, as well as Insider Preview builds echo this news, as they have been almost completely about under-the-hood changes instead of new, user-facing features.

Improving the internal processes will help make future work on Windows 10 faster. Current processes are not optimized for quick back and forth development and testing . As a result of these improvements, Microsoft will be able to release Insider Preview builds more quickly, which will have a positive effect on everything else.

I personally side with Microsoft here. As disappointing as it is not to see any shiny new feature in your operating system for so long, it is far more important to have a bug-free, stable user experience. Features can wait, system stability and reliability cannot.

Again, keep in mind that the new features have only been delayed. They have not been scrapped altogether.

I just hope this doesn’t delay the launch of Microsoft Edge extensions. Edge is a good, basic browser that needs a native ad blocker, and support for quickly saving / sharing sites to third-party services.

(via Petri)