"Rings" are Microsoft terminology for the different release tracks available to Insiders.
In August, Aul essentially repeated the March vow, saying at the time that, "We're also evaluating the Windows Insider rings, and considering whether we should make changes there."
The faster pace Aul promised in March did materialize: The average interval between builds was cut in half compared to the lethargic rate prior. But even that wasn't enough to satisfy everyone. "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," Aul acknowledged yesterday.
Aul also noted that Microsoft would stop publishing the list of known problems in each Insider build on the company's website, instead dropping them into the Insider-specific Hub app, which the company uses to keep testers in the loop.
Among the issues with 11082 was one that resets the default file type associations, which will impact anyone who had changed the original settings to, say, launch a different player app when opening a video or audio file.
Microsoft again promised that it would speed up the releases of Windows 10's previews. This chart shows the intervals between builds in the second half of 2015, which averaged about 17 days. Click on image to enlarge. Data: Microsoft
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