Microsoft Releases Windows 10 20H1 Build 18890 to Insiders

Microsoft released Windows 10 build 18890 to Insiders in the Fast ring. It is light on new features, but does include fixes and improvements. It also removes the Friendly Dates feature in File Explorer.

Microsoft today is releasing Windows 10 20H1 preview build 18890 to Insiders in the Fast ring. Today’s new build is the follow-up to last week’s build 18885, which introduced new improvements to the Your Phone app and expanded language support for dictation. Today’s build doesn’t include any notable new features. But it does include several fixes and improvements.

One important thing to note here is the company is halting the Friendly Dates feature for this build. It will also not roll it out with the final version of Windows 10 1903, aka May 2019 Update. We covered how to use the Friendly Dates feature before. It allows for conversational names to be added to your files and folders in File Explorer. But starting today, users will see that feature go away – regardless of their build number. Microsoft hasn’t said when or if the Friendly Dates feature will return.

Windows 10 20H1 Build 18890

Here is the list of new changes, improvements, and fixes for today’s latest Insider release:

  • We fixed a hang in the audio service when checking whether a machine was licensed to use spatial audio.
  • We 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).
  • We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to access network shares if you booted into Safe Mode with Networking.
  • We fixed an issue where hardware keyboard text predictions wouldn’t appear (if enabled) when the es-US keyboard was active.
  • 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.
  • Thank you for all of the feedback you provided on Friendly Dates in File Explorer. At this time, we’ve 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.

Keep in mind that this is a preview build and in the very early stages of development. You can expect several bugs and issues for users and developers alike. In fact, there is quite a long list of known issues related to this build. So, make sure to read Microsoft’s full announcement for all changes, known issues, and workarounds.

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