In addition to the Patch Tuesday updates, Microsoft today released Windows Insider preview build 18999 to Insiders in the Fast ring. Here’s what’s included.
Microsoft today is releasing Windows 10 20H1 preview build 18999 to Insiders in the Fast ring. This comes on the heels of last week’s build 18995, which included a few feature improvements and tons of overall system fixes. Today’s build includes centers around new Your Phone app features and also includes a long list of fixes.
Windows 10 20H1 Preview Build 18999
Microsoft is unveiling a new feature to the Your Phone app named “Calls.” It’s an early preview and allows you to answer phone calls on your PC. It also allows the following:
- Answer incoming phone calls on your PC.
- Initiate phone calls from your PC using in-app dialer or contact list.
- Decline incoming phone calls on your PC with custom text or send directly to your phone’s voicemail.
- Access your recent call history on your PC. Clicking on a specific call will auto populate the number within the dialer screen.
- Seamlessly transfer calls between your PC and phone.
In addition, Microsoft started rolling out a resizable Cortana window starting with build 18975 to a select number of Insiders. And the feature is now rolling out to all Insiders.
In addition to those new features, here is a look at other changes, improvements, and fixes included in today’s build:
- We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders seeing error 0x8007023e when installing updates.
- We fixed an issue where, after successfully updating to Build 18995, the Windows Update Settings page might show the same build still needs to install. After installing Build 18999, you won’t see this issue on future flights.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the Optional Features page in Settings crashing for some Insiders.
- We fixed an issue where some Insiders were finding that Settings doesn’t launch from the button in Start, isn’t listed in the All apps list, or as a search result. If you are impacted, pressing WIN+R and inputting “ms-settings:” (without the quotes) will launch Settings if you need it.
- We fixed a deadlock in the Network and Sharing Center Control Panel, that could result in it not loading.
- We fixed an issue where if Cortana had been moved from the default position, then it wouldn’t be visible when you tried to launch it via the WIN+C keyboard shortcut.
- We fixed an issue where when on battery saver SearchFilterHost.exe might use an unexpectedly high volume of CPU.
- We fixed an issue where search would crash if a Start Menu layout including a folder had been applied via group policy.
- We fixed an issue impacted VPN connection reliability.
- We fixed an issue in Narrator which caused Chrome to become unstable when navigating web contents.
- In Narrator braille, group header contextual elements are now represented with a “grp” abbreviation instead of “group.”
- Narrator would not show the text being spoken when returning to the same edit field in braille just after navigating back from an element that did not support a standard text control.
- Magnifier now remembers its window position after close and will reopen in that same location next time.
- We fixed an issue where the text cursor indicator did not adjust to show in the correct location after content was scrolled.
- We fixed an issue in the Search bar in either Control Panel or File Explorer where the box becomes grey and prevents input.
- We fixed an issue where devices configured for dual scan (WSUS and Windows Update) for updates may not have been offered new builds in the Fast ring.
- We fixed an issue where some devices configured to Use HDR may have experienced a bluish tint on their HDR displays after using Night Light.
- We fixed an issue where certain 2D apps (like Feedback Hub, Microsoft Store, 3D Viewer) were incorrectly being treated as having protected content within Windows Mixed Reality and were blocking their content from being recorded.
- We fixed an issue where, when capturing a repro video while filing a bug via Feedback Hub in Windows Mixed Reality, you couldn’t select Stop video.
Windows 10 20H1 is an Insider preview build that includes the features and updates we expect to see in the big feature update next Spring. With all Insider builds you can expect a lot of bugs, instability, and other issues for both users and developers. Make sure to read Microsoft’s full blog post for all changes, known issues, and workarounds.