After the complete tone deafness of the Windows 8 development cycle, Terry Myerson decided to change course once put in charge of the Windows development team. Microsoft would take a page from Seattle's most famous fictional resident, Dr. Frasier Crane, and adopt the motto of "I'm listening."
According to a writer for WinBeta who visited Microsoft and got the news straight from the horse's mouth, Windows Insiders who tested beta builds of the OS since its release last year logged over 75 million pieces of feedback, with over 5,000 changes and enhancements to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update as a result.
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Insiders logged a tremendous amount of time, putting in more than 50,000 years' worth of hours on “Fast Ring” or “Slow Ring” builds. Fast Ring Insiders get builds sooner than those in the Slow Ring, but that code might be buggier. Slow Ring builds are ones that were delivered to the Fast Ring and had no known issues.
The Anniversary Update is due August 2 and will be the second significant update to the OS. Codenamed "Redstone," it adds a variety of new features, including Windows Ink, which recognizes pen input; security enhancements to Windows Hello and Windows Defender; and an array of improvements to Cortana.
Microsoft is also ending its free upgrade offer to Windows 10 for consumers at the end of this week. After that, it will cost $119. The last day for free downloads is July 29, the one-year anniversary for the launch of Windows 10.