As the Windows 10 July 29th launch draws closer, Microsoft has been busy putting the final touches on its new OS including compiling a Windows 10 RTM (Released to Manufacturing) candidate. Just last week, Microsoft released build 10166 for Windows Insiders on the fast update ring, build 10162 to users on the slow update ring, and have compiled Windows 10 RTM candidate build 10176.
An RTM indicates that the software or operating system is ready for consumer use, with Windows 10 however it will instead indicate a stable version as Microsoft is shifting to Windows as a Service (WaaS) with Windows 10 and will be continually updating it. Zac Bowden from WinBeta explains the RTM process:
“Microsoft will compile a number of builds they consider ‘worthy’ of RTM, these are called RTM candidates. These builds will be tested, and if the builds are found to have no bugs or issues, will be then voted on by employees. The build which is voted for the most is then selected as the RTM build, and recompiled into the winmain branch. The build number then usually jumps to a number which is divisible by 16 and 100, like 10400.”
While build 10176 hasn’t rolled out to the fast or slow update rings yet, it was leaked on the Internet and WinBeta went hands on with it. The first thing users will notice is the lack of watermark as well as the addition of the Windows 10 branding to the About Windows dialog box. You can check out a quick overview of build 10176 below which is pretty much the same as the fast ring build 10166 released last week.
As Microsoft rounds the final bend and the launch of Windows 10 approaches, it appears all the elements are falling into place nicely from the rebranding of Xbox Music and Xbox Movies, to the RTM build 10176, and even leaked box art for retail versions.
Full 1280X1280 windows 10 Box Edition pic.twitter.com/KWyxVXmjmQ
— Microsoft Insider (@MicrosoftInside) July 11, 2015
Have you been running the Windows 10 Insider Preview? Are you looking forward to upgrading to it if you haven’t? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.Source: WinBeta