Microsoft today released Windows 10 20H1 preview build 18894 to Insiders in the Fast ring. This comes on the heels of last week’s build 18890 that only had minor changes and no new features. Today’s new build includes some interesting new improvements for File Explorer that include a new search experience. In addition, there are accessibility enhancements and a number of under-the-hood fixes and improvements. Here is a look at what you can expect in today’s recent build.
Windows 10 20H1 Build 18894
File Explorer is getting a new “Windows Search” powered experience. It is starting to roll out to a small number of Insiders at first and Microsoft will increase the percentage of Insiders that get it over time. The new search experience will “help integrate your OneDrive content online with the traditional indexed results,” according to the announcement. When you type a query in the File Explorer search box, you’ll get a dropdown populated with suggested files to choose from.
In addition to the improvements to File Explorer, here is the list of other changes, fixes, and improvements included in this build:
- We fixed an issue resulting in scrolling with the mouse wheel or touchpad not working reliably across the system in the last few flights.
- We fixed an issue where opening the Memory Integrity page in Windows Security would crash the app.
- We fixed an issue where the Windows Update icon in taskbar system tray is not high DPI optimized.
- We fixed a recent issue where the “Add someone else to this PC” window would crash if an MSA-attached user would try to add a local user to the PC.
- We fixed a typo in the WIN+(period) kaomoji section category names.
- We fixed a race condition that could result in users getting stuck with an outdated version of the search relevancy logic, impacting subsequent search results.
- We fixed an issue where Start menu wasn’t launching if the “continue experiences on this device” group policy was “disabled”.
- We fixed an issue where navigating using Narrator + R command got stuck in PowerPoint Edit View.
- Narrator no longer reads “null” after each command listed in the Narrator + F2 list.
- We fixed a problem where Narrator was at low volume and could not be increased.
Remember, of course, this is still an early preview build and you can expect several bugs and other issues for users and developers. Make sure to read Microsoft’s full announcement for all changes, known issues, and workarounds.