Windows Insiders are a big reason why Microsoft was able to get Windows 10 out the door on time and address numerous issues with the operating system that might have not otherwise been identified by internal testers. With Windows 10 now in the hands of millions of customers, Microsoft is now moving forward with newer builds of the operating system in an effort to provide continual improvements to its best operating system in years.
Windows 10 Build 10525 is now available to Windows Insiders on the Fast ring. Some of the changes are rather mundane, like the ability to change the default color for Start, Action Center, the Taskbar, and the Title bar. However, one feature in particular is aimed at improving performance across the board.
“We have added a new concept in the Memory Manager called a compression store, which is an in-memory collection of compressed pages,” said Microsoft’s Gabe Aul. “This means that when Memory Manager feels memory pressure, it will compress unused pages instead of writing them to disk. This reduces the amount of memory used per process, allowing Windows 10 to maintain more applications in physical memory at a time.”
Aul says that the compression store provides an overall boost in system responsiveness in Windows 10.
Since Microsoft is tweaking and fiddling with a lot of stuff under the hood, that means that some features that were working fine and dandy in the retail release of Windows 10 might not be working so well in Build 10525. Some of the functionality that is currently on the fritz includes Mobile Hotspot (which doesn’t work) and the Movies & TV app (which will need a further update to operate correctly). Another wrinkle with Build 10525 is the fact that optional language packs won’t be available to install until later this week.
If you ask us those minor issues are a small price to pay to be on the frontline when it comes to testing the latest iterations of Windows 10.