Microsoft Releases Windows 10 20H1 Build 18908 with New Features

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 20H1 build to Insiders in the Fast ring in the form of 18908. It includes new Your Phone features and more.

Microsoft today released Windows 10 20H1 build 18908 to Insiders in the Fast ring. This latest build comes with some interesting new features of note for the Your Phone app. It includes keyboard language and layout, and screen reading via TalkBack, and new desktop icons. Here is a look at what you can expect from today’s latest Insider build.

Windows 10 20H1 Build 18908

Windows 10 20H1 Build 18908

Your Phone app improvements. The Your Phone app includes new accessibility features, keyboard language, and layout. Users of the TalkBack feature on Android can now enable the Your Phone companion accessibility. Focus Tracking is also available. “You will now be able to interact with your Android phone’s apps at your preferred magnification while in the phone screen. Focus tracking will seamlessly follow your keyboard focus and mouse pointer input,” writes Dona Sarkar and Brandon LeBlanc.

Other new features include Send and receive MMS messages, Unread message indicator, Contact images, In-line reply, and an Emoji picker. Also, Your Phone can now sync over mobile data and not just Wi-Fi. Microsoft is introducing new Your Phone and Your Phone Companion icons for Windows 10.

In addition to the new features above, here is the list of other changes and improvements to expect in today’s build:

  • We fixed an issue where on certain devices with fast startup enabled night light wouldn’t turn on until after a restart.
  • We fixed an issue where on certain devices with fast startup enabled color profiles/gamma wouldn’t turn on until after a restart.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in some features on Start Menu and in All apps were not localized in languages such as FR-FR, RU-RU, and ZH-CN.
  • We fixed an issue where the WMA lossless decoder was outputting junk if it was in 24-bit mode, which affected some music players.
  • We fixed an issue where the battery options dropdown under Video Playback Settings was unexpectedly blank.
  • We fixed an issue where the Power button in Start sometimes might not show a dot indicating updates are available, despite “update and restart” being listed in the Power button menu.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in MS Paint selection moving in unexpectedly large steps per keypress when using the arrow keys.
  • We’ve updated the Japanese IME context menu, replacing “User Dictionary” with “Add word”, so that you can now add words to your user dictionary in less clicks.
  • We fixed an issue that was causing Narrator to stutter during the reading of progress bars.
  • We fixed an issue in Narrator that was causing Firefox to crash when navigating by heading.
  • As some Insiders have already noticed, we’re currently rolling out a new OneDrive icon to Insiders that supports both dark and light theme as part of OneDrive version 19.086.0502 – thanks everyone who shared feedback about this!
  • Note: We’ve temporarily terminated the rollouts of both the Settings header and the new File Explorer search experience while we address issues you’ve reported to us. They’ll be back online soon – appreciate your patience.

Remember that you can expect several bugs and other issues for both users and developers with Insider preview builds. Unless you’re an experienced user, or really bold, don’t install these builds on your main production PC. Since these are still early builds, there are lengthy lists of known issues. Make sure to read Microsoft’s full announcement for all changes, issues, and workarounds.

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