Firmware Auto-Publishing Going Live!

Hello Insiders!

As noted in our post last week, we’ve made continued progress in how we publish firmware updates for users enrolled in the Windows Insider program.  This is a new week and we have more good news.

What’s happening today:

We are launching an additional group of firmware updates for Lumia 950 devices.  To check and see if your device has an available update, please see this link:  Firmware variants

For today only, if you want this new firmware, please switch to the Production ring on your device, check for updates, and then switch back to your desired Insider ring after you have completed the firmware update.

Having to switch to the Production ring for firmware updates is what we announced we have been working to eliminate.  And it’s with excitement that I share the next announcement.

Auto-Publishing Firmware for Windows Insiders is Going Live:

It starts tomorrow!  As of March 3rd at 10am PST, all firmware updates for Win10 devices will be auto-published for Insiders.  This allows us to deliver on our goal of eliminating the gap in time between when firmware is available for Retail users and Windows Insiders, as well as eliminating the manual steps that were previously required (switching to the Production ring).   We’ve put together a few FAQs in the hope it will answer questions you may have about this change:

Q:  Which devices have new firmware updates available today?  Is my device on the list?
A:  Please see this list:  firmware variants

Q: What steps do Insiders need to take to receive this new firmware?
A:  Starting tomorrow, none!  As of March 3rd all Windows 10 firmware updates will be auto-published for Insiders and you will receive these updates automatically.

Q: My device had new firmware published previously, but I have not switched to the Production ring to install it.  Will I need to take those steps?
A:  As of tomorrow, no!  We have submitted all available firmware updates for Windows 10 devices to be auto-published.  This means any firmware updates that are available for Windows 10 devices will be available and not require any manual steps for Insiders to obtain.

These changes have been several months in the making, and a big thank you goes to the Insiders for the continued feedback and suggestions that have helped guide these changes.  It is our hope that this new process enables you to stay up-to-date with firmware updates while making it a simple process to receive them.

As always, thank you for being Windows Insiders!


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