Want to test upcoming Windows 10 features before they’re available to the general public? You can join the Windows Insider program to try preview builds, or sign up for “fast ring” for even faster access.
Now developers of Universal Windows Platform apps can use a similar system to let some people get early access to new features.
Microsoft has added support for “package flights” to the Windows Store. This lets developers make some updates only available to a select group of users.
Developers can create different groups and distribute software to members of those groups without making the updates available to all users.
There are a few restrictions. A flight group can only have up to 10,000 email addresses and developer still need to be certified by the Windows Store before it’s available to users.
Still, this effectively lets app developers distribute beta versions of their software through the Windows Store. One of the first apps to take advantage of package flights is Microsoft’s own Groove Music.