To support preview releases of platform changes, Microsoft has unveiled its new “Canary Channel” for Windows Insiders.
The tech giant said in a blog post on Monday that “The new Canary Channel is going to be the place to preview platform changes that require longer-lead time before getting released to customers.
Similar to the Dev Channel, some of the modifications the company will test out in the Canary Channel might never ship, while others could be sent out to next Windows versions “when they’re ready”.
“The builds released to the Canary Channel will have higher build numbers than the Dev, Beta, and Release Preview Channels – starting with 25000 series builds,” it continued.
Insiders in the Dev Channel were already receiving these releases, and the company is shifting these Insiders to the Canary Channel to ensure that they continue to receive new updates.
Insiders moved to the Canary Channel will receive notifications of the migration in the operating system (OS) and via email.
The company stated: “The builds that will be flighted to the Canary Channel will be ‘hot off the presses’, flighting very soon after they are built, which means very little validation and documentation will be done before they are offered to Insiders.
Meanwhile, on March 16, Microsoft will organize an event to illustrate “how artificial intelligence (AI) can power a completely new way of working for every person and organization.”