Microsoft Ships the First Redstone 5 Build, Launches Windows App Previews

Microsoft Ships the First Redstone 5 Build, Launches Windows App Previews

Now, the insiders who earlier opted into "Skip Ahead" and are still a part of it will receive Windows 10 Preview Builds under the RS_PRERELEASE branch, featuring the changes that may arrive with Redstone 5. Skip Ahead had limited availability, so if you didn't get in within about two weeks, you couldn't. The company is nearing the release of Redstone 4, which is yet to have an official name, and plans to ship the update to the public sometime in March or April of this year. Like build 17101 (Redstone 4), it contains design updates to its collection of emojis, improved Universal Windows App (UWP) permissions, and a whole bunch of fixed issues (more so for Redstone 4). That's why Ultimate Performance won't be available on battery-powered Windows 10 PCs.

"This new policy builds on the current High-Performance policy, and it goes a step further to eliminate micro-latencies associated with fine-grained power management techniques".

As part of a raft of updates coming this spring, Microsoft will be bringing a new power management system that "reduces micro-latencies" and enhances overall system performance through a series of tiny performance bumps.

Furthermore, when Windows 10 Pro for Workstations is initially set up, it will now offer business and productivity-focused apps, rather than consumer-targeted software and games, which certainly makes sense. If you value the lifespan of your components and don't want to tax them too hard, however, it may be best to avoid heavy Ultimate Performance use for the time being.

Finally, we mentioned the testing of individual Windows apps at the outset of this story, and Microsoft has indeed introduced a new Windows App Preview program.

MICROSOFT HAS announced a new super-turbo-ultra-in-yo-face mode for Windows 10, for when high performance is just not high enough.

To try out the new apps, first join the Windows Insiders program, following the instructions here.