Microsoft has began testing smaller characteristic updates for Home windows 10 within the type of a Home windows Characteristic Expertise Pack. The branding appeared inside Home windows 10 earlier this yr, however Microsoft has solely confirmed what the packs might be used for this week. The Home windows Characteristic Expertise Pack might be used to “enhance sure options and experiences that at the moment are developed independently of the OS,” according to Microsoft.
The primary characteristic pack has been launched to Home windows 10 beta testers this week, and it contains the flexibility to make use of the built-in display snipping app to stick screenshots immediately into folders throughout the File Explorer. The pack additionally features a break up keyboard mode for 2-in-1 contact units.
Microsoft says characteristic packs might be delivered to Home windows testers very like how current builds and cumulative updates are delivered. It’s not clear how these characteristic packs will make their strategy to customers and enterprises, although. Characteristic packs look like a brand new channel for Microsoft to replace components of Home windows that aren’t immediately managed by the OS but additionally aren’t separate apps which are maintained via the Home windows Retailer.
It might imply we’ll see extra common minor updates to Home windows 10 within the coming months and years forward. Microsoft sometimes delivers two huge Home windows 10 updates per yr, with one arriving across the April timeframe and the opposite round October. The corporate has been utilizing a Service Pack-style replace mannequin for some Home windows 10 updates, together with comparatively minor adjustments in one of many updates and greater adjustments within the different.
“By testing this course of first with Home windows Insiders, we hope to develop the scope and the frequency of releases sooner or later,” explains Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc. “Finally, Home windows Characteristic Expertise Pack updates will get folded into the already current servicing course of for Home windows 10 and delivered to clients that approach via Home windows Replace.”