The Windows Insider program has become essential over the years in the development process of Windows 10 and 11. The DEV channel is a testing and experimentation ground where Microsoft focuses its efforts on long-term improvements that do not don’t have a specific release date.
The firm may also offer features that may never reach the “mainstream” stage for various reasons. One of them is related to comments and appreciations from the community. The experience around these “experimental features” is becoming more and more important. One of the latest updates proposed by Microsoft introduces a change in this regard.
On Twitter Albacore reveals a small discovery. A new option has entered Settings. It will enable or disable the experimental features added to the OS. For the moment this menu is hidden and no functionality is present. It is very likely that Microsoft exploits it in order to facilitate the discovery of experimental features that do not rely on a progressive deployment.
For a while now, the firm has been reminding each new Preview published through the Dev channel that the available features are in the “experimental phase”. She specifies
The Dev channel receives builds that represent a lot of work from our engineers with features and experiences that may never be released as we test different concepts and get feedback. It’s important to remember that the builds we post to the Dev Channel should not be considered to match any specific version of Windows, and features included may change over time, be removed, or replaced in releases. Insider” or never be published beyond the Windows Insiders program.
Note that this new option may provide a solution in the event of a problematic bug. It may no longer be necessary to wait for a new update to find a stable environment. A quick spin through Settings to disable experimental features should suffice. We don’t know if there will be any precision in the shutdown. Clearly will we be able to choose the experimental feature to stop?