Microsoft is testing another way to release new features and enhancements to Windows 10 in addition to regularly scheduled Windows updates.
Historically, when Microsoft wants to release a new feature or enhancement to Windows 10, it includes it in scheduled cumulative updates or feature updates.
However, scheduled updates make it difficult to quickly develop a new upgrade or fix a bug detected in an existing feature.
To resolve this issue, Microsoft is introducing a new method of delivering enhanced functionality and debugging through "Windows Feature Experience Packs. "
In a recent announcement, Microsoft explains that Windows Feature Experience Packs will be used for fast performance improvements and corrections errors for standalone functions developed independently of the basic operating system.
When Bleepingcomputer contacted Microsoft to find out what features are supported by the Windows Feature Experience Packs, they said they had nothing more to say at the time.
Windows features developed independently of the basics operating system and which may be updated through the "feature experience packs" include:
- Windows 10 start menu
- Windows snipping tool
- Internet Explorer
- XBOX integration
- Windows subsystem for Linux
- Other features installed through the Optional Features settings.
This new feature delivery test is being tested first with Windows Insiders at Beta channel. To receive this update, users must have Windows 10 20H2 build 19042.662 installed and perform a "Check for updates" on the Windows Update screen.
The first package will be version number 120.2212.1070.0 and will include improvements to the Snipping Tool and Touch Keyboard.
Users can determine what the Windows Feature Experience Pack has installed by going to Settings> System> About and see below the Windows specifications as shown below.