Microsoft has pushed out yet another last-minute update to the Windows 10 operating system as the clock ticks down to the official launch on 29 July.
Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10166 was released to the Fast Ring of Microsoft's Windows Insider test community overnight, and is mainly focused on bug fixes and refinements to the platform, or "fit and finish" as Microsoft labels it.
The move means that Microsoft is inching closer to the final release code, otherwise known as the release to manufacturing, which many industry observers had expected the firm to have already reached at this late stage in the development process.
One notable feature in this build is that a new Microsoft WiFi app is now functional, but currently only for those living in the Seattle area in the US. The Microsoft WiFi app is set to be a replacement for Skype WiFi, and will enable users to pay for access to WiFi hotspots from a Windows device.
"You will know when you can purchase WiFi when you see 'Buy Wi-Fi from Windows Store' in your list of networks when clicking on the network icon on the lower right in the Taskbar," explained Gabe Aul, Microsoft's director of programme management for the Windows Fundamentals team, writing on the Windows blog.
Aul said that Microsoft is currently testing this service in the Seattle area, but plans to open it up to the rest of the US soon. The firm has not so far disclosed plans for the service in regions outside the US.
Along with Build 10166, Microsoft also released a new Windows 10 SDK Preview that delivers bug fixes and "changes to the API surface area". This can be downloaded from the Windows 10 Developer Tools site.
In what could be a pointed remark, Aul wrote on the Windows blog that "now is definitely the time to upgrade to the most current build" of Windows 10, and he encouraged testers to keep sending in their feedback to Microsoft.
"Thank you to all of our Windows Insiders who have given us terrific feedback and helped us shape Windows 10. We're getting close to release now and the whole team here is working hard and incredibly excited!" he said.
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