Inbox apps in Windows 10 to get their own previews irrespective of Insider status
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Starting this week, Microsoft will be allowing users to test preview versions of inbox apps such as Camera, Photos, Alarm and Clock, Feedback Hub, Tips, Mail and Calendar, and many more. The preview program is being branded as Windows App Preview and can be joined by anyone irrespective of their insider status.
Currently, preview releases of apps are usually released for Fast Ring Insiders and then cascaded to the Slow Ring followed by the Release Preview Ring and finally to Production builds. By opening up the inbox apps for preview, Microsoft aims to address that demographic, which prefers a stable OS base but is open to trying out new app features. It not clear at this point what sort of feature parity will be there between Windows App Previews and the previews released for Insiders as the latter often incorporate new API functionality usually found in newer OS builds.
Opting in to Windows App Previews is completely optional. App previews should enable Microsoft to gather more feedback and it is less risky for the user too. Microsoft is expected to share new information about this in a blog post soon and we'll update this article as soon as the post is live.