Let’s blame on the unintentional release of Windows 10 build 16212 from Microsoft that caused a chaotic situation last week. But it also seems to be a good opportunity for some Windows 10 users to shine and dig into what Microsoft is up to.
Windows 10 Pro for Workstation
Twitter user @AnditsTito spotted three new Windows SKUs in the build 16212:
- Windows 10 Pro for Advanced PCs
- Windows 10 Pro N for Advanced PCs
- Windows Server 2016 ServerRdsh
In a leaked slide, Microsoft describes this Pro for Advanced PCs edition as “Windows 10 Pro for Workstation” with four main capabilities:
- Workstation mode – once enabled, it optimize the OS to provide peak performance and reliability.
- Resilient file system – a file system that supports fault-tolerance and auto-correcting with optimization for large data volumes.
- Faster file handling – includes the SMBDirect protocol for file sharing and high throughput, low latency, and low CPU utilization when accessing network shares.
- Expanded hardware support – supports up to 4 CPUs and a memory limit of 6TB.
It’s truly designed for any power user who is processing a massive amount of data on daily basis.
No more File History
Another Twitter user @h0x0d (WalkingCat) suspected this:
16212: "Making new backups with File History is no longer supported." oh ?
— WalkingCat (@h0x0d) June 3, 2017
While it’s unclear what Microsoft’s real plan is here, Paul Throttle thinks it’s a good move and is betting on File History being tied to the OneDrive cloud.
It makes a lot of senses to me too. File History has been part of Windows for years but I never used it. It seems to be redundant to me since the cloud services I am using already have version control feature built-in.
For File History to work efficiently, to work correctly, it needs to be a feature of OneDrive, not Windows 10.
I won’t be surprised seeing no more File History in future Windows 10 builds. What’s more interesting is to see how this feature is going to be integrated into OneDrive. I would be much happier if I can just right-click the file saved in OneDrive and retrieve a version of that file from previous versions.
Finally, if rumors are true, we will be seeing them be released sooner in future build releases for Windows Insiders. Stay tuned.