Microsoft has announced Windows App Preview Program that would allow the interested users to beta test applications before everyone else. While this won’t radically change Windows Insider program, the company is making it easier for users to try out early versions of Microsoft’s applications and get the latest features before everyone else.
Starting with Windows 10 Spring Creators Update (Redstone 4), Microsoft is adding Windows App Preview Program that makes it possible for users to accept the invite and download the unreleased beta versions of the apps. While Windows Insiders are able to get early versions of Windows 10 apps, this new program is even more useful if you would like to test the apps without having to install new buggy builds.
Windows App Preview program is however available for Insiders only, all you need to do is join the insiders testing program and enroll into any ring, and you can receive the app updates without having to install new preview versions of the operating system. It’s worth noting that you can only receive updates for apps when you’ve opted into the beta program of each of them.
“Insiders told us they wanted to be able to try out the latest app updates but be on the latest Insider Preview builds from the Fast, Slow, and Release Preview rings. Now through the Windows App Preview Program, Insiders in any ring can opt-in to preview individual apps,” Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar and Brandon LeBlanc explained.
The app preview program is available for Microsoft Photos, Alarms & Clock, Feedback Hub, Windows Mixed Reality Viewer, Windows Camera, Microsoft Sticky Notes, Microsoft Tips, Paint 3D, Windows Calculator and Windows Voice Recorder. It’s also worth noting that users who are in the Skip Ahead ring don’t need to join the app insider program because they’re already eligible for the app updates.
You may need to open the Settings app of every supported app to join or opt out of the preview program.