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Microsoft release Windows 10 20H1 Insider Preview Build 18890, ends Friendly Dates

 

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Today Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18890 (20H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.

 

Last month, Microsoft moved the Fast ring forward to 20H1 and merged the small group of Insiders who opted-in to Skip Ahead back into the Fast ring, which means Insiders in the Fast ring and those who opted-in to Skip Ahead are receiving the same builds for now.

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • Microsoft fixed a hang in the audio service when checking whether a machine was licensed to use spatial audio.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue that could result in the desktop being unexpectedly slow to refresh (if you right-click the desktop and select Refresh or press F5).
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in not being able to access network shares if you booted into Safe Mode with Networking.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where hardware keyboard text predictions wouldn’t appear (if enabled) when the es-US keyboard was active.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue that could result in cumulative updates potentially failing with error 0x800f0982 if a language pack update was happening at the same time.
  • Microsoft decided not to roll out Friendly Dates to users as part of the 19H1 release. Insiders will see this option go away starting today, regardless of build number.

 

Showing context menu for when you right-click the column header, with option saying Use Friendly Dates. Date format is more conversational.

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 is 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 is 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.
  • If you use remote desktop to connect to an enhanced session VM, taskbar search results will not be visible (just a dark area) until you restart searchui.exe.
  • Microsoft is investigating reports that on certain devices if fast startup is enabled night light doesn’t turn on until after a restart. (Note: The problem will occur on a “cold” reboot or power off / power on. To work around if night light doesn’t turn on, use Start > Power > Restart.)
  • There’s a noticeable lag when dragging the emoji and dictation panels.
  • Tamper Protection may be turned off in Windows Security after updating to this build. You can turn it back on.
  • Some features on Start Menu and in All apps are not localized in languages such as FR-FR, RU-RU, and ZH-CN.
  • Scrolling with the mouse wheel or touchpad may stop working in certain places after upgrading. If you experience this, going to Settings > Devices > Mouse, and changing one of the settings (for example, Choose how many lines to scroll each time) should resolve it until shutdown or reboot.

Known issues for Developers

  • If you install builds from the Fast ring and switch to either the Slow ring or the Release Preview ring, optional content such as enabling developer mode will fail. You will have to remain in the Fast ring to add/install/enable optional content. This is because optional content will only install on builds approved for specific rings.

 

Windows 10 Insiders in the Fast Ring can download the update by Checking for Updates in Settings.

 

 

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I was actually interested in the friendly dates feature. I am no programmer to know what hiccups that might have added to the mix to have them remove it now. But it is disappointing that every time I take an interest in one of these new Windows 10 features they decide to postpone or cancel it. The other one being "Sets".

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Windows 10 Build 18890 (April 2020 Update) Now Available for Download 

While all eyes are on the upcoming May 2019 Update, Microsoft keeps working on future updates for Windows 10 as well, including the April 2020 Update.

 

While all eyes are on the upcoming May 2019 Update, Microsoft keeps working on future updates for Windows 10 as well, including the April 2020 Update.

 
The company today rolled out a new preview build for Fast ring insiders – Skip Ahead and Fast rings have been merged in April, so both are now provided with 20H1 preview builds.

Windows 10 build 18890 doesn’t come with any new features, but instead it includes a bunch of fixes and performance improvements which you can read in full in the box after the jump.

One particular fix that’s worth highlighting concerns issues with cumulative updates, as explained by Microsoft.

“We fixed an issue that could result in cumulative updates potentially failing with error 0x800f0982 if a language pack update was happening at the same time,” the software giant explains.Known issues in this buildWhen it comes to the known issues in this build, Microsoft notes that Tamper Protection might be turned off after installing this build and users need to manually enable it once again in the OS. Furthermore, there’s a glitch that could cause mouse wheels or touchpads to stop working in this build.

“Scrolling with the mouse wheel or touchpad may stop working in certain places after upgrading. If you experience this, going to Settings > Devices > Mouse, and changing one of the settings (for example, Choose how many lines to scroll each time) should resolve it until shutdown or reboot,” the company explains.

Needless to say, this build is still a work in progress, so some features might not work exactly as expected.

Meanwhile, Microsoft is now giving the finishing touches to Windows 10 May 2019 Update, whose rollout should kick off later this month. This update is already in the Release Preview ring, and Microsoft refines its performance with cumulative updates for insiders.
 
 
 

 

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Friendly Dates pulled from Windows 10 May 2019 Update

Microsoft released a new build for the next but one release of Windows 10, Windows 20H1. The new release brings the preview release to build 18890 and while it really should not affect Windows 10 version 1903, it does in this case.

 

Microsoft revealed that Friendly Dates won't make it into the May 2019 Update for Windows 10. The feature will be removed from Insider builds and anyone using an Insider build should see it go away soon.

 

Friendly Dates, also known as dates in conversational format, was added to preview builds of Windows 10 version 1903 in December 2018.

 

file explorer conversation format

 

File Explorer, Windows Explorer in Windows 10, displays the date and time of a file by default when you open any directory in the file manager.

 

The format is DD/MM/YYYY HH:MM; it applies to all date columns including date modified or date created.

 

Note: You can add and remove headers from File Explorer to display additional date columns or remove existing ones.

 

Friendly Dates changed a date like 02/12/2018 09:30 to December 2, 2018, or even just "yesterday at 09:30, or "just now".

 

Friendly dates were designed to improve the readability of time-based information in File Explorer; this seems to have backfired as Microsoft pulled the feature.

 

One of the issue that users experienced with friendly dates was that the new formats were different. Instead of sticking to a single format, Date Time, friendly dates would use different time formats such as "4 hours ago", yesterday at 09:04", November 29, or November 29, 2018. Sorting worked as expected though.

 

Microsoft did not reveal why it decided to pull friendly dates from Windows 10 version 1903. It is also unclear if the feature will come back at a later point in time.

 

I think it is unlikely that this is going to happen considering that the company removed the feature from Windows 10 version 2003 Insider Builds as well. If it wanted to delay a release, it could have kept the feature in the preview builds and just remove it from the upcoming May 2019 Update.

 

Friendly Dates is the second feature that Microsoft won't release any time soon. Sets, a feature to combine multiple application windows in a single container won't be released in Windows 10 version 1903 either.

 

Source: Friendly Dates pulled from Windows 10 May 2019 Update (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)

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