Windows 11 and DEV and BETA channels, Microsoft asks to make a choice

The most recent Preview version of Windows 11, build 22616 is offered on the DEV and BETA channels of the Windows Insider program. This choice gives the opportunity to simply and quickly load the distribution channel without losing anything.

This situation will not last because as soon as the Dev channel is the target of an “exclusive” build, the move to the beta channel will require an installation from scratch. In this case, you will need to back up your data and reinstall your favorite applications.

Windows 11 and the Windows Insider Program

On this subject, Microsoft is at the origin of a new warning. The firm asks users to choose their future channel knowing that for now the DEV and BETA rings offer the same construction. Unfortunately things are vague because Redmond does not offer an exact timetable. Clearly we do not know when the DEV channel will take off to new horizons. We only know that the DEV channel is likely to receive a new release soon.

These two channels have different philosophies. The firm explained

“We are experimenting with the way we develop and release for Insiders, the Dev and Beta channels now represent parallel development paths for our engineers. The Dev channel will be a place where we test different concepts, incubate new ideas, and work on long-lead items that might not get released to customers in general. The Beta Channel will be where we preview experiences closer to what we ship to our general customers. However, that doesn’t mean that all of the features we’re trying out in the beta channel will ship.

Should we prepare for a change this week?

At this point it is not certain but the giant reminds

“This window will close once we release Previews with higher build numbers to the Dev Channel. If your device remains on the Dev Channel and receives a build with a higher build number than the Beta Channel, you will need to perform a clean install of the released version of Windows 11 on your device to move to the Beta Channel. No action is required if you want to continue receiving Windows 11 Insider Preview builds in the Dev Channel.

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