June was most definitely a transition month for the Windows Insiders Program.
Of course, at this point we know that Windows 11 arrived in late June as part of the #DevChannel to begin its public testing phase.
Likewise, the #BetaChannel and #ReleasePreviewChannel mirrored each other again in June testing cumulative updates for Windows 10 (Version 21H1 & 20H2).
Let’s take a closer look at the specific builds released across the three Windows Insiders Program testing channels:
#DevChannel (Windows 10)
All three builds released to this channel in June were just cumulative updates to test the servicing pipeline. There were no new features or changes made with these updates.
This is how we waited for the expected, and now known, release of Windows 11 in the channel.
#DevChannel (Windows 11)
This was the build everyone was waiting for, and it did not disappoint. The new features, visuals, and other enhancements are too numerous to list here but key areas to check out include:
- Notification Center & Quick Settings
- File Explorer
- Snap layouts
- Snap groups
- Microsoft Store
- Input (touch, inking, voice)
- Out of Box Experience (OOBE)
- Wi-Fi 6E Support
Of course, as with any initial preview release, there are known issues in this build so visit the release notes to learn more about those and the updated areas mentioned above.
It is official, the Windows 11 era has begun!
#BetaChannel and #ReleasePreviewChannel
Once again, these two channels tested a couple of cumulative updates which mirrored each channel since they are both currently on Windows 10 (Version 21H1).
Just like most cumulative updates, these two releases contained multiple fixes for various bugs, performance, and security issues.
Now, wasn’t that a quick trip through the month of June?
With all the excitement coming late in the month with the first build of Windows 11 landing in the #DevChannel, it made for a quiet month overall.
However, expect that to all change moving forward because there are still some outstanding features that were shown off during the Windows 11 unveiling like Android apps in the Microsoft Store and the integration of Microsoft Teams Personal. I suspect there might be a few more new tidbits as we go along.
One other note, expect the first Windows 11 build in the #BetaChannel later this summer according to Microsoft.