Microsoft Releases Windows 10 20H1 Build 19018

Today Microsoft released another new update to Windows 10 20H1 in the form of Build 19018. It includes a few changes to search and overall system improvements.

Microsoft today released Windows 10 20H1 preview build 19018 to Insiders in the Fast ring. This build follows last week’s build 19013 which was light on new features other than new Kamoji and WSL changes. Today’s build includes improvements to search as well as other overall system fixes and improvements. Here’s a look at what you can expect.

Note: Microsoft is moving the finalization of 20H1 up three months and is set to roll out in December. The company has rearranged its release dates of feature updates to coincide with its Azure cycle. Windows 10 19H2 — November 2019 Update version 1909 — which is essentially a service pack is still set to release soon.

Windows 10 20H1 Build 19018

Quick searches now show up in your Search Home. Four quick web searches have been added including Weather, Top news, Today in history, and New movies.

Also, there are minor tweaks and updates to the UI for web preview search results.

In addition to the features above here is the list of other changes and fixes included in today’s build:

  • For Insiders that did not take the Cumulative Update to Build 19013, just a note that this build, vvnmcflr (like that update), also includes the fix for the issue resulting in black screens and disconnects over remote desktop in the last couple of flights.
  • We’ve fixed an issue where the Settings app was hanging or crashing when accessing the System or Ease of Access sections.
  • We fixed an issue where if a new account profile picture synced down from the cloud, your old one might not be listed in the picture history in Accounts Settings.
  • We fixed an issue where Windows Update history might show an update having failed with error 0x80240017 even though the update had actually succeeded.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in Search sometimes not rendering in the enter space available within the Search window.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in exe using an unexpectedly high amount of CPU when your device was unplugged in recent builds.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in Cortana not responding to Hey Cortana.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in Cortana not being visible in the taskbar right after upgrading, or being visible but not working, until you restarted your PC.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to keep the Shift key pressed in order to type capital letters in certain languages recently when typing with the onehanded touch keyboard.
  • As some Insiders know, a few releases ago we announced a new keyboard shortcut (WIN + Ctrl + Shift + B) in order to help troubleshoot black screens. With today’s build, in this vein, we’re announcing a new keyboard shortcut (WIN + Ctrl + Shift + L) to help investigate issues with the login screen. Simply press the keyboard shortcut while your PC is locked, reproduce your issue, and then press the keyboard short again–a reference number will be displayed that you can share when reporting your issue. Please note, currently this is only supported for local sessions that have connected to the network and power, and for whom Diagnostic Data is set to Full.
  • Narrator no longer announces changes in fonts when they have not changed.
  • We updated Narrator’s autocorrect sound to be more consistent with the editing experience.
  • We improved Narrator’s navigation and reading experience within Chrome.
  • We’ve improved the Outlook experience with Magnifier when Magnifier is set to track the text cursor in the center of the screen. Arrowing up and down in a list of emails will no longer force the viewport to the left of the list of messages.

Remember that with Insider builds you can expect a lot of bugs and other issues for both users and developers alike. Make sure to read Microsoft’s full blog post for all changes, known issues, and workarounds.

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