Microsoft says it will not be delivering any substantial Windows 10 Technical Preview updates until the new year, however it is still releasing some fixes.

The company released an update to the preview build (9879) on Tuesday, specifically targeting crashes related to Internet Explorer.

Microsoft 10 is also still on track to be released to consumers in the second half of 2015, with an unveiling of the operating system set to take place in January 2015. According to some sources, the next update to the Technical Preview of Windows 10 will be called the January Technical Preview, followed by the February Technical preview, and so on.

The news comes after a build of Windows 10, 9888, was leaked, which is the first build where the kernel version was changed from 6.4 to 10.0. Microsoft has discouraged testers from downloading the build, saying that it was not designated by the company as being stable, and that doesn't include too many new features anyway.

The January Technical Preview is expected to add support for Continuum, which is a feature that will allow 2-in-1 devices to transition better while connecting and disconnecting keyboards. This version may also be the first version that includes Cortana integration.

It is also expected that information about the mobile and small tablet version of Windows 10 in January wll arrive most likely either January 20 or 21. This mobile version of the operating system will not include a desktop in the OS, while the desktop version of Windows 10 does include a desktop.

Originally it was thought the mobile SKU would only work on ARM-based phones and tablets, however it is now suggested that it will also work with smaller and less powerful Intel based devices.

January will also likely see the second test build of Windows Server Next, which is based on the same core as Windows 10 client. The build may see the integration of built-in Docker containerization.

Originally the consumer version of Windows 10 was expected in Spring of 2015, however it now seems as though we will not see the operating system released to the general public until late Summer or early Fall.

Microsoft is also expected to debut the Metro-style touch version of Office around the same time as it releases Windows 10.

Windows 10 is largely expected to be the best version of Windows ever. The company's last operating system, Windows 8 and 8.1, was largely a flop.

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