Microsoft has begun testing small feature updates for Windows 10 in the form of the Windows Experience Pack. The branding appeared within Windows 10 earlier this year, but Microsoft has only confirmed what packages will be used this week. The Windows feature experience package will be used to “enhance certain features and experiences created independently of the OS”. According to Microsoft.
The first feature package was released this week for Windows 10 beta testers, and includes the ability to use the built-in screen sniping app to paste screen shots directly into folders in File Explorer. Pack 2-in-1 also has split keyboard mode for touch devices.
Microsoft says Windows Testers will be provided with feature packs such as how existing developments and overall updates are delivered. It is not clear how these feature packages will lead to consumers and companies. Feature packs appear as a new channel for Microsoft to update parts of Windows that are not directly controlled by the OS, but they are not separate applications maintained by the Windows Store.
We will see regular minor updates for Windows 10 in the coming months and years. Microsoft usually offers two major Windows 10 updates a year, one around the April period and the other around October. For some Windows 10 updates the company uses a service pack-style update model, which includes minor changes to one of the updates and major changes to the other.
“By testing this process with Windows Insiders first, we hope to expand the scope and frequency of releases in the future,” explains Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc. “Eventually, the Windows Feature Experience Pack updates will be provided to customers through the Windows Update, dying out of existing service functionality for Windows 10.”