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Microsoft reopens Beta Channel to test new Windows 10 features

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Although Microsoft will end support for Windows 10 in October 2025, the company has decided to reopen the Beta version to test new features and improvements.

On Tuesday, Microsoft said that they are opening a Beta Channel for Windows Insiders, which can be accessed on computers still running Windows 10. The company intends to test new features for Windows 10, version 22H2, with Insiders before publicly releasing it.

The features will be rolled out through Microsoft’s “Control Feature Rollout technology” with a group of Insiders initially. Eventually, the company will scale up access to more Insiders after monitoring feedback on the improvements and features before making them available to everyone in the Beta Channel.

The Windows 10 features are currently unavailable on the channel, as a new build will be sent “in the coming weeks.” The additional features have not been revealed publicly or even to Insiders. However, we might never see some of them since they will test different concepts and receive feedback.

Insiders who want to be the first to try out the new features must turn on the ‘get the latest updates as they are available’ setting. However, doing so does not guarantee that they will be part of the first subset. They will eventually receive access when the company adds more people to the channel for feature testing.

On the other hand, turning the toggle off would gradually roll out the features to the device once they have been finalised. The company has been noted to take steps for Windows 10 while Windows 11 is up and running, as they already rolled out the AI Copilot feature on the predecessor.

The company will also offer paid security updates after support for Windows 10 ends in October 2025. Many PCs cannot officially upgrade to Windows 11 due to the rigid hardware requirements. The latest OS is only supported on CPUs released from 2018 onwards and devices that support TPM chips. Many consumers still use Windows 10, according to StatCounter, which shows that the OS has remained at 68 percent since its release.

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Arun Maity

Arun Maity

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