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  1. Windows 10 20H1 release date, news and features The first major Windows 10 update of 2020 (Image credit: TechRadar) Windows 10 20H1 is the first major Windows 10 update of 2020, and it should be coming soon, promising to bring loads of new features to Microsoft's popular operating system. We still don't have an exact date for Windows 10 20H1, also known as Windows 10 version 2004, but we've already got some details on the new features coming. Builds of Windows 10 20H1 have been available to Fast Ring Insider testers since early 2019, and that's made plenty of information available. We're going to lay out all of the most exciting, interesting, and generally useful features that are coming up in Windows 10 20H1 within – you guessed it – the first half of 2020, along with any news and rumors we've found. Cut to the chase Windows 10 20H1 release date We're still not too sure when the Windows 10 20H1 release date will be, though the name '20H1' means we'll be getting it in the first half of 2020. In the past, major Windows 10 updates that are released in the first half of the year are usually released in April, such as the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, though last year we saw the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, due to delays. So, the smart money would be on an April or May 2020 release, but Microsoft could always surprise us. Windows 10 20H1 name At the moment this major Windows 10 update is going by a few names: Windows 10 20H1 and Windows 10 build 2004, neither of which will be the final name. Microsoft may stick with its naming convention of previous Windows 10 updates and name it after the time it's released, for example Windows 10 April 2020 update, or Windows 10 Spring 2020 update – although that latter name might be confusing to people living in the Southern Hemisphere. Of course Microsoft could change tack again. Perhaps it will name the update after the kind of features it's introducing, like the Windows 10 Creators Update, which was released in 2017. Windows 10 20H1 features Regardless of the release date and name, the Windows 10 20H1 update will likely bring a load of new features to Windows 10 – certainly more than the relatively low-key Windows 10 November 2019 Update, anyway. So, here are all the new Windows 10 20H1 features that we know of. Windows 10 20H1 brings a new look We've seen more than one hint that Version 20H1 could be making a move toward a more rounded design instead of the sharp angles seen currently in Windows 10. This would extend from windows and buttons to sliders and pop-up dialog boxes. This would work to provide some more consistency between the desktop user interface and apps, as well as aligning it more with modern web and app style. This change isn't certain though, but has been hinted at more than once. Windows 10 20H1 brings new virtual desktop names When you make virtual desktops in Windows 10 right now, they get rather unhelpful, numbered names: Desktop 1, Desktop 2, etc. Version 20H1 should introduce the option to create custom names for each virtual desktop. So, if you use virtual desktops to separate work and play or various projects, you can make sure each is clearly labeled for which project each is dedicated to. And, as Windows Central notes, the custom virtual desktops can be saved so they aren't reset after each reboot. Windows 10 20H1 brings commitment to Windows Hello Many computers are now built with fingerprint scanners or advanced cameras that provide facial recognition to work with Windows Hello. This lets you sign on without a password, but Windows still requires a password for the account even if you don't have to use it to sign on every time. The 20H1 update may include an option to make your device password-less, letting it exclusively rely on Windows Hello for signing into your Microsoft account, Windows Central reports. Windows 10 20H1 will improve Cortana It seems like Microsoft isn't giving up on Cortana, its voice assistant, any time soon, and Windows 10 20H1 will bring improvements, with a better conversational experience that will make it feel more natural to 'chat' with Cortana. Cortana will also have its own app, rather than being built into Windows 10, so we can expect more regular updates in the future – rather than having to wait for Microsoft to release major Windows updates. Windows 10 20H1 makes it easier to reset Windows 10 Another welcome addition is that Windows 10 20H1 will make it easier to reset Windows 10 to how it was when you first installed it, or when you first bought your device. It include the Cloud Download feature, reinstalling Windows 10 from an updated version that's held online, and should make resetting or reinstalling Windows 10 even easier. Source: Windows 10 20H1 release date, news and features (TechRadar)
  2. Cortana gets a significant update for Windows 10 20H1 PCs Microsoft has been slowly cutting back on the features supported by their voice assistant, Cortana, including removing its integration from Android handsets and taking away support for basic features such as setting timers. It seems the company has now started the phase of building it back up again, with ALumia reporting that Microsoft has released a significant update for Cortana Beta, taking it to version 2.1912.18729.0, which introduces a number of new features. These include: Suggested Tasks: Although at the moment there is an empty section, the activities are in turn divided into three sub-categories (Found, Active and History). WakeWord : Microsoft has introduced the possibility to start Cortana simply by saying its name (as was already possible with the old Cortana app). The feature does not appear to offer the ability to set your own wakeword yet. Redesigned settings: Microsoft has significantly improved the settings of Cortana (Beta), introducing a more elegant and responsive hamburger menu; Support for old versions of Windows 10 has been eliminated: You can now download Cortana (Beta) only on Windows 10 PCs with a build 19023 or higher on board; Corrections and improvements Some of the features can be seen illustrated in ALumia’s screenshots above. Currently, Cortana only supports US-English, with Microsoft set to withdraw from most of the world. It remains to be seen if the space will be filled by competitors such as Amazon’s Alexa or if Microsoft will claw its way back up to relevance again. Source: Cortana gets a significant update for Windows 10 20H1 PCs (MSPoweruser)
  3. Windows 10 20H1 will allow users to monitor GPU temperature with ease After the release of Windows 10 November Update last month, Microsoft went back to work on 20H1 which is scheduled to release in the spring of 2020. Since Microsoft made it clear that November update would be an incremental update, Windows 10 users have high hopes from 20H1 as it’s slated to bring a plethora of new features. While we expect to see some major feature additions to the OS, Microsoft is also working on small but important changes. One of those is the ability to monitor GPU temperatures with ease. While Windows 10 does show detailed GPU usage, it doesn’t show the actual temperature and because of that, you will need third-party apps to monitor the temperature. However, with the release of Windows 10 Build 18963 Microsoft has added a GPU temperature monitor to the Task Manager. This feature is targetted at people using dedicated Graphics Cards which tend to heat up a lot compared to integrated GPUs from Intel and AMD. Microsoft released the Build 18963 quite a while back but the feature has been working perfectly fine on Windows 10 Insider Preview and should be added to final 20H1 update. We tested the feature on one of our test machines and unfortunately, the feature only records the present temperature. So if you’re after historic data then you will have to rely on third-party apps. That said, if you just want to monitor temperature at regular intervals then you can do so from the Task Manager soon. Source: Windows 10 20H1 will allow users to monitor GPU temperature with ease (MSPoweruser)
  4. Microsoft to make it easier to install driver updates in Windows 10 20H1 Microsoft is planning to make it easier to find and install optional updates in Windows 10. Optional Updates including drivers, feature updates, and monthly non-security quality updates. Introduced in Windows 10 Insider Build 19536, the item on the Windows Updates page would mean Windows 10 users would no longer need to browse Device Manager for a specific device to update. Windows Update will still automatically keep your drivers up to date, but if you’re having a problem, one of those optional drivers might help. The new feature should show up in Windows 10 20H1 due to arrive towards the end of H1 2020. Via WindowsLatest Source: Microsoft to make it easier to install driver updates in Windows 10 20H1 (MSPoweruser)
  5. Microsoft release Windows 10 20H1 Insider Preview Build 18990 to the Fast Ring (changelog) Today Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18990 (20H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. What’s new in Build 18990 Enabling automatic restart for UWP apps Last month, Microsoft introduced a new separate setting to control if registered desktop apps from your previous sign-in session are restarted when signing back in to Windows. In the latest Insider Preview builds, in addition to registered desktop apps, when you opt into this setting, the majority of open UWP apps are now also automatically restarted as well! To reduce sign-in time, UWP apps are restarted minimized, in a suspended state, giving Windows and other apps more resources to get started. To try it out: Go to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options and turn on “Automatically save my restartable apps when I sign out and restart them after I sign in.” under “Restart apps”. Start one or more UWP apps, such as Feedback Hub. Sign out and then sign back into Windows. UWP apps that were started, such as Feedback Hub, should restart minimized with a taskbar button. Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) improvements Improved the performance for directory listings in \\wsl$ [WSL2] Injected additional boot entropy [Github Issue 4461] [WSL2] Fixed Windows interop when using su / sudo commands [Github issue 4465] For the full details of changes in this latest Insider Preview build, please see the WSL release notes. Other updates for Insiders Xbox Game Bar Updates In case you hadn’t seen, Microsoft is starting to roll out an FPS counter and achievement overlay! The update will come via the Microsoft Store. Just set focus to your favorite game and press WIN + G to get started. You may have to be joined to receive Game Bar updates via the Xbox Insider Hub app (under Insider Content) from the Microsoft Store to see this update. Reset your PC from the cloud Earlier today in the Windows Insider webcast, Microsoft had the Deployment Team as guests to talk about the new feature that is coming with 20H1 that allows you to reset your PC using the cloud. For more information, check out this article from Program Manager Aaron Lower. You can also watch the on-demand video of this morning’s webcast by visiting the Mixer channel! General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC Microsoft fixed an issue where right-clicking on File Explorer’s search box didn’t bring up a context menu that could be used to paste clipboard contents. Microsoft has updated the default width of the search box in File Explorer to be a little bigger. Microsoft fixed an issue impacting Action Center reliability. Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in the credentials prompt sometimes not appearing when connecting to certain VPNs from the network flyout, so it said Connecting but never completed the connection. Microsoft fixed Magnifier bugs at different DPI levels. Microsoft fixed an issue where Magnifier UI wasn’t closing with Alt + F4 keyboard shortcut. Microsoft fixed an issue where sometimes Magnifier window became completely black after switching from lens mode to dock mode. Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in Magnifier not working when using the Russian display language. Microsoft have made it clearer how “Read from here” works in Magnifier. Microsoft improved legibility of Magnifier reading highlighting rectangle. Microsoft improved reading while in Lens mode. Microsoft fixed an issue where text cursor indicator sometimes did not appear, even though the setting was enabled. Microsoft made the text cursor shapes more legible and aesthetic. Microsoft fixed an issue in Narrator where changing the speech rate with the keyboard commands would speak the new rate using the old rate. Microsoft fixed Narrator’s whitespace sound. Microsoft improved Narrator’s automatic dialog reading experience. Table navigation hotkeys are now allowed when entering a list view to allow one to navigate across columns while using Narrator. Microsoft improved the Narrator’s Page Summary dialog by allowing tab and shift-tab to loop around the dialog controls. Narrator will no longer announce notifications from non-focused Chrome webpages. Narrator now announces the current value of the “thumb” in legacy colour picker controls. Narrator is now presenting links and play buttons correctly in iTunes. Microsoft improved Narrator’s reading experience in Chrome and Firefox. Certain pages could cause Narrator to loop back up to previous content. Narrator is now updating an attached braille display correctly when some XAML controls are expanded. Thank you to everyone who shared feedback about the design of the input mode switcher on the taskbar for the Simplified and Traditional Chinese IMEs. Microsoft has adjusted the design based on your feedback that the icon glyph was large and blurry. Microsoft fixed an issue where some Chinese characters in the Common Standard Chinese Characters dictionary couldn’t be input with the new version of the Simplified Chinese IME. Microsoft fixed an issue where, when switching to English input mode and back to Chinese input mode, the punctuations would become Chinese punctuations, even if “Use English punctuations when in Chinese input mode” was enabled with the new version of Simplified Chinese IME. Microsoft fixed an issue where the new version of Simplified Chinese IME candidate window would sometimes not appear. Microsoft fixed an issue where the new version of the Traditional Chinese Bopomofo IME didn’t show candidates or next phrase candidates on touch keyboard. Microsoft fixed an issue where characters typed with the new version of Chinese Traditional IMEs weren’t committed by Enter key when using certain games. Microsoft fixed an issue where the legacy language bar didn’t show IME mode icons while using the new version of Japanese IME, Chinese Traditional IME, or Korean IME. Microsoft fixed an issue where the new version of Japanese IME wouldn’t reconvert a word pasted from somewhere else by Henkan key. Known issues Certain 2D apps (like Feedback Hub, Microsoft Store, 3D Viewer) are incorrectly being treated as having protected content within Windows Mixed Reality. During video capture, these 2D apps block their content from being recorded. When capturing a repro video while filing a bug via Feedback Hub in Windows Mixed Reality, you won’t be able to select Stop video, due to the protected content issue noted above. If you want to submit a repro video, you will need to wait 5 minutes for the recording to time out. If you’d like to file the bug without a repro video, you can close the Feedback Hub window to end the recording and resume filing your bug when you reopen the app in Feedback > Drafts. When viewing Optional drivers in the new section on the Windows Update page, you may notice older drivers showing as available for download. If accepted, they will attempt to install and fail to do so. This is a bug related to revised Windows Update detection logic rather than this new UI. The root cause is understood, and a fix will be available in an upcoming build. Devices configured for dual scan (WSUS and Windows Update) for updates may not be offered new builds in the Fast ring. Selecting Check online for updates from Microsoft Update will scan for updates, but may return with the message, “Your device is up to date.” Microsoft is working on a fix for a future flight. Windows 10 Insiders in the Fast Ring can download the new build by Checking for Updates in Settings. Source: Microsoft release Windows 10 20H1 Insider Preview Build 18990 to the Fast Ring (changelog) (MSPoweruser)
  6. Windows 10 20H1 has a lot of changes in store for the operating system The big things we know will change and how (Image credit: TechRadar) Windows 10 updates keep coming whether you install them or not. They generally bring a whole host of bug fixes and new features, but they've also been known to come with their own share of issues. While we don't know what possible problems next year's Windows 10 Version 20H1 will introduce, we've got some details on the new features coming. Builds of Version 20H1 have been available to Fast Ring Insider testers since early this year, and that's made plenty of information available. We're going to lay out all of the most exciting, interesting, and generally useful features that are coming up in Windows 10 20H1 within – you guessed it – the first half of 2020. Cut to the chase What is it? Windows 10 20H1 is next major version of Windows When is it out? Windows 10 20H1 is expected in the first half of 2020 How much does it cost? Windows 10 20H1 will be free for all users Windows 10 20H1 brings a new look We've seen more than one hint that Version 20H1 could be making a move toward a more rounded design instead of the sharp angles seen currently in Windows 10. This would extend from windows and buttons to sliders and pop-up dialog boxes. This would work to provide some more consistency between the desktop user interface and apps, as well as aligning it more with modern web and app style. This change isn't certain though, but has been hinted at more than once. Windows 10 20H1 brings new virtual desktop names When you make virtual desktops in Windows 10 right now, they get rather unhelpful, numbered names: Desktop 1, Desktop 2, etc. Version 20H1 should introduce the option to create custom names for each virtual desktop. So, if you use virtual desktops to separate work and play or various projects, you can make sure each is clearly labeled for which project each is dedicated to. And, as Windows Central notes, the custom virtual desktops can be saved so they aren't reset after each reboot. Windows 10 20H1 brings commitment to Windows Hello Many computers are now built with fingerprint scanners or advanced cameras that provide facial recognition to work with Windows Hello. This lets you sign on without a password, but Windows still requires a password for the account even if you don't have to use it to sign on every time. The 20H1 update may include an option to make your device password-less, letting it exclusively rely on Windows Hello for signing into your Microsoft account, Windows Central reports. Our Verdict: ☆☆☆☆☆ With the May 2019 updates, Windows 10 is more secure, reliable and efficient than ever, introducing features that could genuinely save you time and frustration as well as keep your computer protected. Of course, there’s always room for improvement, but Windows 10 is now better than ever and still continues to evolve with a slew of constant updates. for Start menu improvements Action Center, Cortana are useful Edge continues to improve Windows Hello faster, easier Timeline genuinely useful against OneDrive needs work Improvements also cause issues Some changes are incomplete Source: Windows 10 20H1 has a lot of changes in store for the operating system (TechRadar)
  7. Windows 10 20H1: All the changes so far 2020's first major Windows 10 feature update is now in development. Here's all the changes coming in that release, so far. Windows 10's next major feature update is currently in development. Codenamed '20H1', this upcoming release is currently in testing with Insiders, and is expected to ship sometimes in the spring of 2020. This update focuses primarily on under the hood platform work to improve OS stability and performance. We've had several Insider Preview builds of 20H1 now, so it's time to start keeping track of all the notable new changes found in these builds. We'll update this post periodically with new notable changes once they are made available for testing. Windows Shell File Explorer has a new search UI and is now powered by "Windows Search." The touch keyboard now features 39 additional languages powered by SwiftKey technologies. Input Method Editor (IME) improvements for Japanese as well as Simplified and Traditional Chinese. Dictation now supports 12 additional languages. The Wi-Fi list has been updated with a tweaked UI with better iconography. Apps Disk type is now visible within Task Manager. Accessibility Improvements Narrator is now more efficient when reading tables. Header information is not repeated when navigating within the same row or column. Entering and exiting tables is also less verbose. There's a new command in Narrator to give a webpage summary that gives information about hyperlinks, landmarks, and headings. Windows Magnifier has a new ability to keep the text cursor in the center of the screen making it easier and smoother to type. Source
  8. Upcoming Windows 10 20H1 Builds will offer more customization in the Notification Settings Microsoft recently released its first major Windows 10 update for this year with many new features and improvements. Likewise, the upcoming Windows 10 20H1 Update, which as per Microsoft’s naming convention should be called the Windows 10 October 2019 Update, will offer many new features and as well as lots of improvements. Although not much is known about the upcoming features, one of the things Microsoft is considering doing in the 20H1 update is making some improvements in the Notification Settings. Future Windows 10 20H1 Builds will let you sort Notification senders by Name and Most recent, which is missing in the May 2019 Update. Not only that, but you will also be able to limit the number of notifications that appears in the action center. Furthermore, you can prioritize these notifications, meaning if notifications are of priority, you can make them appear at the top position of the notification center by tweaking the Notifications Settings. Bonus, there will also be some visual changes, which a lot of you’d appreciate. Here is what the new Notification Settings will look like: GALLERY And here is what it looks like now: Do you think Microsoft’s emphasis in improving the Notifications Settings worth it? Do you really care about notifications in Windows 10. If you yes then do you like these changes? Do let us know in the comments sections below. Source
  9. Windows 10 20H1 Update to introduce many changes to the Magnifier UI Microsoft recently released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18932 (20H1) to the Insider in the Fast ring. The update came with many new features, fixes, and performance improvements. Of all the new features what remained unnoticed was the new Magnifier UI. The new UI now has support for the Light theme and most importantly, it’s transparent! It’s just the beginning and the Windows maker is working to further tweak the old Magnifier UI in the Windows 10 20H1 Update. A Microsoft software engineer, Shou-Ching Schilling, while replying to a tweet confirmed that the Windows team is in the middle of making some changes to the Magnifier UI. Source: Windows 10 20H1 Update to introduce many changes to the Magnifier UI (MSPoweruser)
  10. Windows 10 20H1 Update to bring a small improvement in Optional Feature management settings Windows 10 20H1 Update is expected to bring many new features, one of them being a redesigned start menu, on which users gave a mixed response — some liked and some didn’t. The 20H1 Update is also expected to get a lot of improvements alongside new features. One of the new improvements that the 20H1 will get is related to Optional Feature management, from where get to download multiple languages. With Windows 10 20H1, in Optional Feature management Settings, you’ll be able to sort & search for features. Also, Microsoft is likely to remove regional language packs from the list. Microsoft is also rumored to be working on the improvement to the Magnifier UI, Notification Settings, typing experience, among others. Source: Windows 10 20H1 Update to bring a small improvement in Optional Feature management settings (MSPoweruser)
  11. Sideloading apps in Windows 10 20H1 will be hassle-free Microsoft’s Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18956 came with a lot of new features, but it seems some of them weren’t listed in the official Changelog. One of the features that Microsoft forgot to mention in the changelog is that with Windows 10 Build 18956 installed you will be able to sideload apps without having to choose the “Sideload apps” option in the Developer settings. The company has removed ‘Microsoft Store apps’ and ‘Sideload apps’ options from Developers settings in the 20H1 Build 18956. You can now either enable the Developer mode or disable it and nothing beyond that. “As of Windows Insider Build 18956, sideloading is enabled by default. Now, you can deploy a signed package onto a device without a special configuration,” Microsoft said in revised documentation about sideloading. “Using Windows Insider build 18956? You might notice there is no longer a sideloading setting for #MSIX. Just like .msi or setup.exe we are native to the OS. Developer mode is just an on/off switch now too,” Principal Program Manager Lead at Microsoft John Vintzel explained. As John mentioned, you will still be able to install and run apps that are not from Microsoft Store even if you turn off the Developer mode. Microsoft is also rumored to be working on the improvement of the Magnifier UI, Notification Settings, typing experience, Optional Feature Management Settings, among others. Source: Sideloading apps in Windows 10 20H1 will be hassle-free (MSPoweruser)
  12. Windows 10 20H1 Insider Preview Build 18950 released to Insiders in the Fast Ring with Snip and Sketch improvement, and more Today Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18950 (20H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. What’s new Japanese IME Improvements Thank you everyone who’s shared feedback so far about the new Japanese IME. The development team has been working on improving the quality based on your feedback. Here are some improvements that you can try out in this build: Prediction Candidate window key navigation: We fixed an issue where the focus inside prediction candidate window wouldn’t move when using the Up Arrow key. Key customization: We’ve improved the discoverability of key assignment settings. Also, based on feedback, we’ve updated the default assigned value of Ctrl + Space to be “None”. Ctrl + Space can still be used for toggling IME-on/off by changing the value through its setting. Please don’t hesitate to continue sharing your thoughts with us about typing in Windows – our ears are open and we’d love to hear from you. Other Updates for Insiders Snip & Sketch improvements headed your way Thanks everyone who’s shared feedback so far for our updated snipping experience! We really appreciate it and are starting to roll out some more improvements based on what you’ve told us: Single window mode: Do you tend to retake snips multiple times in order to get the perfect screenshot? We’re updating the New button to now open new snips in your current app window, so you don’t end up with a ton of open snips (that you then need to close.) If you’d rather keep all snips open in separate windows. the option is now a toggle in settings, so you can decide which mode you prefer. Zoom: Need we say more? You can now zoom in on your screenshots if they’re a bit too small for you to annotate on (and yes, CTRL+Plus, CTRL+Minus and Ctrl+Mouse wheel are supported!). We’ll also zoom out to make sure the whole snip fits in the Snip & Sketch window. If you want to see the snip at its original size, click the Zoom button and then “Actual Size”. Improving WIN+Shift+S discoverability: You mentioned you loved learning about using WIN+Shift+S to take new snips any time and we thought others would too! If you haven’t taken a snip yet, we’ll now use the canvas space in Snip & Sketch to help you learn how to start a snip without needing to open the app first. These changes are currently available for a portion of Insiders in the Fast ring as we evaluate the quality before continuing the rollout. Note the rollout for each change mentioned above is being handled separately, with separate random populations in the initial rollout, so seeing one of the changes with app version 10.1907.2064.0 doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll see all three. General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC Insiders may notice some references to “Cloud download” relating to PC reset or refresh. This feature isn’t available and working quite yet. We’ll let you know once it is, so you can try it out! We fixed an issue where ctfmon.exe might crash if clicking the input mode indicator in the taskbar to switch the Japanese IME between modes. We fixed an issue where pasting from clipboard history (WIN+V) wouldn’t work when using the Bopomofo IME. We fixed an issue resulting in hanja conversion not working for the updated Korean IME when typing in certain apps. We fixed an issue that could result in the OneNote app intermittently acting as if the Ctrl key was pressed when it wasn’t. Known Issues There has been an issue with older versions of anti-cheat software used with games where after updating to the latest 19H1 Insider Preview builds may cause PCs to experience crashes. We are working with partners on getting their software updated with a fix, and most games have released patches to prevent PCs from experiencing this issue. To minimize the chance of running into this issue, please make sure you are running the latest version of your games before attempting to update the operating system. We are also working with anti-cheat and game developers to resolve similar issues that may arise with the 20H1 Insider Preview builds and will work to minimize the likelihood of these issues in the future. Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. We are investigating the issue. Tamper Protection may be turned off in Windows Security after updating to this build. You can turn it back on. In August, Tamper Protection will return to being on by default for all Insiders. Occasionally, the candidate selection in prediction candidate window for the Japanese IME doesn’t match with the composition string. We are investigating the issue. Source: Windows 10 20H1 Insider Preview Build 18950 released to Insiders in the Fast Ring with Snip and Sketch improvement, and more (MSPoweruser)
  13. DTS immersive audio is available on Windows 10 20H1 Support for DTS:X was just added to Windows 10 for Insiders, as promised by Microsoft back in January. DTS:X is an object-based audio codec, which aims to create a multi-dimensional sound that “moves around you like it would in real life”. The DTS Sound Unbound app is now available for download on Windows 10 20H1 devices. The app cannot be installed if you have the Windows 10 May 2019 update or older, but Microsoft says that the feature will reach everyone once it’s more stable. DTS is working with Microsoft to enable different sample rates, and offer a “truly immersive audio” experience. A representative from DTS Inc reported that the changes will be revealed to the public soon. To provide some context, we have been working closely with Microsoft for the past year to make the most of their Spatial sound framework. There are one or two changes that they’re making to the OS to make our product better. These are currently being tested in Insider, and once the Microsoft changes are published, we’ll go to the public release Source: DTS immersive audio is available on Windows 10 20H1 (MSPoweruser)
  14. Microsoft restores Optional Updates listing in Windows 10 version 20H1 Microsoft plans to restore optional updates listings in the next major feature update of Windows 10 that the company plans to release in May 2020. The company removed the practical optional update listings that it provided in previous versions of its Windows operating system when it released Windows 10. The company did release a Troubleshooter to display optional updates but it appears to be no longer available. Third-party tools like Windows Update MiniTool came to the rescue. This led to all kinds of issues including issues caused by automatic driver installations supplied via Windows Update. Options to disable driver installations via Windows Update exist using Group Policy or Registry changes but most Home users are probably unaware of them. Hardware drivers can be updated manually and that is usually the better option as it gives administrators control over the feature. You can check out our guide on updating drivers in Windows here. Windows 10 version 20H1 and optional updates Optional update listings returned in the most recent build of the upcoming Windows 10 20H1 version of Windows 10. Microsoft has added a new "view optional updates" link on the Windows Update settings page that leads directly to the available optional updates. Optional updates are sorted into groups; only driver updates were available at the time of writing though. All drivers that are available on Windows Updates for the particular hardware configuration are listed under Driver Updates in the new Optional updates listing. Each is listed with the manufacturer name, classification and name. One of the issues that you may run into here is that Windows Updates does not provide any additional information about these drivers; neither the version of the driver nor the release date are provided which makes the installation a gamble as you cannot be quite certain that the suggested driver is indeed newer or better than the current one. The end of automatic driver installations? The optional updates listing does not mean that drivers won't be installed automatically anymore by Windows Updates. The very first sentence under Driver updates confirms that: If you have a specific problem, one of these drivers might help. Otherwise, automatic updates will keep your drivers up to date. It is still best practice therefore to disable automatic driver installations via Windows Updates to avoid any surprises in that regard. While that may mean having to hunt down newer drivers manually, it is without doubt the better option. Closing Words The return of the Optional updates listing is still welcome as Microsoft may include other optional updates using it besides drivers. Source: Microsoft restores Optional Updates listing in Windows 10 version 20H1 (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  15. Windows 10 20H1 finally gets a real name The name Windows 10 20H1 means Microsoft expects to release the next major version of Windows 10 sometime in the 1st Half of 2020. This is a rather imprecise date range, and now the latest Insider Build of Windows 10 20H1 has revealed a more precise target date for when Microsoft expects to release the OS update. Discovered by Tero Alhonen, it appears Microsoft has renamed the update to the Windows 10 May 2020 update. As part of the cleanup Microsoft also retrospectively renamed the April 2019 Update, which was released in May, to the May 2019 Update. So far the May 2020 Update Insider Builds have included updates to Cortana, more worked to make Windows 10 passwordless, more language support options and included the movement of many standard apps such as Notepad to the Microsoft Store. Like the April 2019 Update, the name only suggests an intended release date, and it remains to be seen if Microsoft will make the target. Source: Windows 10 20H1 finally gets a real name (MSPoweruser)
  16. New Start menu on Windows 10 20H1 should look like this While many of us don’t want a Live Tile-less Windows 10 experience, Microsoft has decided to move on from almost a decade old UI to pave the way for a new Start menu experience. From what we have seen so far, the Live Tile-alternative in leaked Build 18947 isn’t promising and frankly, it’s not a worthy competitor. Windows 10 users voiced a similar opinion and rejected the alternative outright. Notably, Steven Sinofsky who was also the brain behind the Windows 8 UI didn’t like the new design that is expected to replace the Live Tiles. While the new design is in a development phase and will receive many improvements before it ships to the public, based on the leaked build, Twitter user @Scoots37 has designed a new Start menu that seems very close to what Microsoft wants to achieve. In my opinion, the new Start menu on Windows 10 20H1 should look exactly like this, or better. If Microsoft ends up making the new Start menu look this good., would you finally stop missing the Live Tile UI? Source: New Start menu on Windows 10 20H1 should look like this (MSPoweruser)
  17. Today Microsoft released a new Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18970 (20H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. Insiders will also see a Cumulative Update Build 18970.1005 (KB4518974) offered at the same time as well. Microsoft is testing their ability to service a build at the same time it is released. The result for Insiders should be that they are on Build 18970.1005 after completing these updates. What’s new in Build 18970 INTRODUCING A NEW TABLET EXPERIENCE FOR 2-IN-1 CONVERTIBLE PCS Microsoft are beginning to roll out a new tablet experience for 2-in-1 convertible PCs as a Beta to Windows Insiders. This new experience allows users entering tablet posture to stay in the familiar desktop experience without interruption, plus a few key touch improvements: Increased spacing between Taskbar icons. Search box on taskbar collapsed into an icon. File Explorer switches to touch optimized layout Touch keyboard auto invokes when you tap text fields. As part of this, Microsoft is also made a few small changes to the tablet section in Settings. This experience is currently available for a portion of Insiders as Microsoft evaluate the quality. Here are the steps once it becomes available on your PC: Use your convertible PC as a laptop as you normally would–opening apps and interacting with them. When you’re ready to pick it up and go or simply lean back on the couch, you can fold back the keyboard or remove it altogether, and it should switch to this new mode shown above. Now use your device as a tablet with touch. RECOVERY IMPROVEMENTS Introducing a new Reset this PC option–Cloud Download Reset this PC now provides users a new choice to download Windows or use local reinstall. Previously, Reset this PC was only able to do a local reinstall and would build a new Windows installation from existing Windows files. When this feature was introduced in Windows 10 version 1507, it provided the advantage of enabling Windows to be recoverable without requiring extra disk space to store a compressed, backup copy of Windows in a hidden partition. Microsoft is heard feedback that some of you would prefer to use your high-speed internet connection to speed up this process by just downloading Windows. Important note: This is a recovery operation and will remove apps you have installed. Additionally, if the “Remove everything” option is selected, user data will also be deleted. For more information on Reset this PC and other recovery options visit aka.ms/win10recoveryoptions. The cloud download option will reinstall the same build, version, and edition, that is currently installed on your device. This new cloud download option is available to all Windows 10 devices and is different from the “Recover from the cloud” feature available on some earlier Windows 10 devices. Known issues The cloud download option is not currently working when specific optional features are installed. The process will begin, but an error will occur and roll back the changes. To work around this issue, remove the optional features before trying the cloud download option. We’ll let you know once this issue has been resolved. The optional features are: EMS and SAC Toolset for Windows 10, IrDA infrared, Print Management Console, RAS Connection Manager Administration Kit (CMAK), RIP Listener, all RSAT tools, Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), Windows Fax and Scan, Windows Storage Management, Wireless Display, WMI SNMP Provider. Other updates for Insiders CONTINUING THE CORTANA ROLLOUT The new Cortana experience is now available to all Insiders in the Fast ring in the United States. General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC Microsoft fixed a DWM memory leak that was impacting the previous two flights. Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in some WSL distros not loading (Issue #4371). Microsoft fixed an issue impacting a small number of Insiders, involving a lsass.exe crash and resulting in a message saying, “Windows ran into a problem and needs to restart.” Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in WIN+(period) closing if you tried to search for an emoji when focus was set to a text field in an Electron app. Microsoft fixed two issues that could result in Settings crashing when interacting with options on the Search page. Microsoft is done some work to help improve the launch performance of Settings when the Setters header is visible. Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders experiencing a bug check with BTHport.sys in recent flights. It’s important to periodically back up your data. Starting in recent Insider builds, Windows Home and Pro users without a first party backup solution will now see a friendly reminder to consider setting up a backup option that is included with Windows. If you’d prefer to turn this off, there’s an option to do so in the notification. Microsoft is working on addressing feedback about the acrylic in certain surfaces not appearing immediately. In this build, it’s fixed for Start menu, the volume flyout, the network flyout, the clock & calendar flyout, and notification toasts. Microsoft is made some bug fixes and improvements to Magnifier reading capabilities. Improved Magnifier performance when moving the mouse around the screen. Microsoft resolved an issue where Control + Alt + L would not put Magnifier into Lens mode. No one likes bugs, so Microsoft squashed several of them related to the new text cursor indicator. Text cursor indicator now appears and disappears more reliably. Microsoft also fixed an issue where text cursor indicator preview in settings did not change size when text scaling was on. Microsoft have made improvements in Magnifier reliability. Microsoft fixed an issue where the File Explorer search suggestions weren’t being read out by Narrator. Microsoft fixed an issue in Narrator where it would speak “unknown” if you had the “Header Status” column enabled within Outlook as you arrowed between different email messages. Microsoft fixed a couple Narrator dialog reading issues. Narrator would sometimes speak “empty document” or stop the dialog reading too early. Microsoft fixed an issue where Narrator would not always speak the group name of a radio button on web pages. Microsoft fixed an issue with Narrator and Excel not speaking the column header when arrowing between cells in a table. Microsoft fixed an issue where Narrator would only speak “item” when navigating by table cells in an Outlook email instead of reading the entire cell’s contents. Narrator will now read webpages from the top of the page and not at the main landmark with a fallback to find a paragraph. Thank you for your feedback! Narrator now supports the aria-haspopup property. Improved Outlook performance and stability when reading mail messages in Outlook. Microsoft have made improvements in Narrator reliability. Microsoft made a change to Narrator input learning, so you just have to press Narrator + 1 once to turn input learning off. Thank you for your feedback. Microsoft fixed an issue when a user navigated to a webpage in Edge, Narrator would read just the URL field and not the webpage. Microsoft fixed an issue when a user was replying to an email in Outlook, Narrator was automatically reading the message while the user was trying to type. Known issues There has been an issue with older versions of anti-cheat software used with games where after updating to the latest 19H1 Insider Preview builds may cause PCs to experience crashes. Microsoft are working with partners on getting their software updated with a fix, and most games have released patches to prevent PCs from experiencing this issue. To minimize the chance of running into this issue, please make sure you are running the latest version of your games before attempting to update the operating system. Microsoft are also working with anti-cheat and game developers to resolve similar issues that may arise with the 20H1 Insider Preview builds and will work to minimize the likelihood of these issues in the future. Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. Microsoft are investigating the issue. Microsoft is working on a fix for an issue resulting in the minimize, maximize, and close title bar buttons not working for certain apps. If you’re using an impacted app, Alt+F4 should work as expected to close the app if needed. Text on Devices pages in Settings for “Bluetooth and Other Devices” and “Printers and Scanners” isn’t rendering correctly. Search isn’t working for Insiders using certain display languages, including Polish. If you are impacted by this, switching your display language to English then back to your preferred display language should resolve it. Windows 10 Insiders in the Fast Ring can download the update by Checking for Updates in Settings. Source
  18. Windows 10 20H1 users will no longer be able to delete files in the Downloads folder using Disk Cleanup tool Windows 10’s Disk Cleanup is one of the essential tools that help users delete all the unnecessary folders and files that some time eats up a huge amount of storage space. Alternatively, users can also perform a similar function by using Storage sense that’s built into the Settings app in Windows 10. While to be able to delete unnecessary files from the system by using Disk cleanup or Storage sense is simple and easy, you need to be very cautious while deleting them, because oftentimes users accidentally tick the Downloads box, which, in turn, deletes all the files inside the Download folder. Image: Windowslatest To prevent this, Microsoft has pulled the Downloads option from the list of items that you can delete by using the Disk Cleanup tool in Windows 10 20H1 Build 19018 or up. Microsoft said that they’ve decided to remove the Downloads option from the Disk Cleanup tool because users wanted them to. Not just Disk Cleanup, you’ll notice that the Storage sense also got rid of the Downloads option, meaning that you won’t be able to delete Downloads folder from the Storage Sense either. However, if you’re running Windows 10 19H1 or older, you still see the Downloads option, so it’s safe to assume that those who don’t want the option in the list need to be on Windows 10 20H1 Update or higher. Source: Windows 10 20H1 users will no longer be able to delete files in the Downloads folder using Disk Cleanup tool (MSPoweruser)
  19. Microsoft Could Remove Windows Ink Workspace in Windows 10 20H1 Windows 10 April 2020 Update, also known as 20H1, is slowly but surely becoming the update to wait for, especially as the release planned for the fall of 2019 is likely to land as a little more than a service pack. In addition to lots of improvements and new features, it looks like Windows 10 20H1 could also introduce a series of other changes, as per a report from German site WindowsArea. Specifically, Microsoft could discontinue Windows Ink Workspace in this update, as the company would transfer the remaining features to dedicated apps. Microsoft has been doing this for a while, and living proof is Sticky Notes, which keeps improving with every new update. While Windows Ink Workspace offered an option to quickly take a note, directing users to Sticky Notes makes more sense, especially given the effort put in this app. Update due in spring 2019 And according to the cited source, this plan would continue and Microsoft will continue to recommend standalone apps as substitutes to features in Windows Ink Workspace with the final goal of discontinuing this tool entirely. Needless to say, this isn’t something that will happen overnight, but more evidence should make the rounds as work on the 20H1 update advances. At this point, everyone is waiting for Microsoft to begin testing Windows 10 19H2, which according to the original release schedule, should be finalized in September. As per Brandon LeBlanc, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft on the Windows Insider Program Team, Windows 10 19H2 is still alive and kicking and it should make its way to insiders at some point in the future. “There will be plenty of time to test 19H2. We get a lot of value out of the Slow ring. You shouldn't worry - this will all play out and we'll communicate the details once we've locked on them. Important not to put artificial timelines on these things,” he said. Windows 10 April 2020 Update is projected to be completed in March next year, but preview builds can already be downloaded as part of the Fast ring in the Windows Insider program. Source
  20. Windows Update Will Let Windows 10 Users Set Bandwidth Limits in Absolute Values With Windows 10 19H2 still nowhere to be seen despite the fact that it should be finalized in some three months, all Microsoft’s focus appears to be on the spring 2020 feature update. And while improvements in the existing preview builds are nothing major at this point since we’re so far from the expected release date, it looks like Microsoft is already paving the way for some very handy refinements. One of them concerns Windows Update. As you probably know already if you’re a long-time Windows 10 users, Microsoft has been trying to refine the experience with updates for several releases already, and the upcoming 20H1 update will follow the same line. Absolute bandwidth Specifically, the most recent preview build for Fast ring insiders introduces more advanced bandwidth limits in Windows 10, as discovered by Twitter user Albacore. Windows 10 already allowed users to set up bandwidth limits when downloading Windows updates, but the original controls only came down to the percentage of measured bandwidth that the OS could use. Beginning with Windows 10 20H1, Windows 10 will allow users to set the absolute bandwidth that can be used for downloading updates. The values must be entered in Mbps, as you can see in the screenshot here. Additionally, this latest preview build also comes with new ways to add calendar appointments. Users are allowed to create new entries in their calendars straight from the flyout that can be launched by clicking the clock in the system tray. Windows 10 20H1 preview builds are currently available for users in the Fast ring. According to Microsoft’s release schedule, it should go live for production devices in the spring of 2020, and bigger changes should make their way to testers as we get closer to this expected launch date. Source
  21. Here's what's fixed, improved, and still broken in Windows 10 build 20150 It's Wednesday, and that means Microsoft has released another weekly build of Windows 10 to Insiders in the Dev channel, but this time, it's a little more exciting. This week we're getting build 20150, a significant number jump from the past few builds. This is because this build is part of the 21H1 update for Windows 10, coming early next year, even though technically, Fast ring builds aren't tied to a specific Windows 10 release. Jumping to a new development branch means there's finally some noteworthy additions with this build, which you can check here. There's also a small list of general improvements: With this week’s build, we’ll be starting to roll out the new search box on the default app settings pages As part of this, we’ve done some work to improve the performance of the search box. The new Korean IME is now available again for Insiders to use. Based on feedback, we’re updating the text of the Settings > Privacy > Location page to clarify that the icon displayed when your location is being used will be displayed in the taskbar. Of course, as is usually the case, the build also comes with a list of fixes and improvements, plus some known issues to be aware of before installing it. In terms of fixes, here's what's new: We fixed an issue resulting in Visual Studio windows not consistently accepting clicks. We’ve fixed an issue where the Documents and Downloads sections in Settings > Privacy was showing a broken icon next to their name (just a rectangle). We fixed an issue where, if you paused Windows Update while a new build was downloading and then closed Settings, when you reopened Settings the Windows Update page may appear blank. We fixed an issue where updates made when editing VPN networks in Settings might not persist. We fixed an issue where the copy button under Settings > Network & Internet-Status > Properties wasn’t actually copying the content to the clipboard. We fixed an issue resulting in the data usage number in Network & Internet Settings not displaying correctly in Japanese if the data usage was less than 1 MB. We fixed a crash some Insiders were experiencing when opening Sound Settings. We fixed an issue where the Optimize Drives window position wasn’t preserved on elevation. We fixed a typo in the group policies under User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Component > File Explorer > Do not move deleted files to the Recycle Bin. We fixed an issue resulting in the On-Screen Keyboard no longer displaying text predictions. We fixed an issue where double-clicking a OneDrive file in File Explorer might unexpectedly show a notification saying, “Windows Defender SmartScreen is downloading from OneDrive.” We fixed an issue where Resource Monitor could end up showing CPU usage at more than 100 percent. We fixed an issue that could result in qaa-Latn unexpectedly appearing in your list of keyboards after upgrading. We fixed an issue where, with multiple input methods, typing in your password incorrectly on the login screen would result in your keyboard changing back to your default input method (if that’s not what you were typing with). We fixed an issue where the touch keyboard space bar label would disappear when pressing it while using Japanese curve-flick input in abc mode. We fixed an issue that could result in your browser not launching in the foreground after selecting a web link from another app. We fixed an issue that could result in Search not accepting typed input. We fixed an issue where, if pinned to Start, the Windows Security app tile would be missing an icon when the tile was medium sized. We’ve made some updates to improve performance of the Windows Security app if there are a large number of detections. We fixed a few issues that could result in your PC bugchecking. And for the known issues in this build, the list is actually fairly short: We’re working on a fix for an issue causing some systems to crash with a HYPERVISOR_ERROR bugcheck. We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build. We’re aware of an issue where Notepad might fail to reopen files which were automatically saved during a PC upgrade (or restart, if enabled in Settings). Documents can be recovered from %localappdata%\Notepad. This week has brought about quite a few news for the Windows Insider program. The former Insider rings have been rebranded to Insider channels. That's why this build is in the Dev channel rather than the Fast ring. What's more, yesterday Microsoft released the first 20H2 build for Insiders in the Beta channel, formerly the Slow ring. That update is much smaller, and the only change we know of so far is the inclusion of the new Chromium-based Edge browser. Today's build is the first of many that will come between now and the end of the year, and it's likely we'll see more significant changes in builds coming from this branch. Here's what's fixed, improved, and still broken in Windows 10 build 20150
  22. Microsoft releases ISOs for first Windows 10 Iron build Today, Microsoft released the first Windows 10 Insider Preview from the Iron development branch, finally moving away from the meaningless mn_release branch. It doesn't contain any crazy new features, but there are a few new things for the Windows Subsystem for Linux. Interestingly, the company also released some new ISOs, so if you want to do a clean installation, you can do that. As usual, your selection includes Windows 10, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Windows 10 Home China. Microsoft usually doesn't publish ISO images this early in a development cycle. In fact, this is evident by the download options that the company offers for the Slow and Release Preview rings. The Slow ring is offered build 19041, the RTM build for 20H1, even though it started testing 20H2 yesterday. Moreover, the option for the Release Preview ring is offering a download for build 18363, the RTM build for 19H2, even though that ring has offered 20H1 since April. If you want to download the new ISO images, you can find them here. Other than Windows Server, there aren't any other downloads available, such as a new SDK, ADK, WDK, HLK, or Desktop App Converter Base Image. Microsoft releases ISOs for first Windows 10 Iron build
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