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Microsoft Releases Windows 10 20H1 Preview Build 18956

Microsoft today released Windows 10 20H1 preview build 18956 to Insiders in the Fast ring. Here is a look at what’s included in this latest new build.

Microsoft today is releasing Windows 10 20H1 preview build 18956 to Insiders in the Fast ring. This latest new build follows up last week’s build 18950 which includes a couple of new features and other improvements. Today’s build adds a redesigned network status page, notification improvements, and overall system improvements. Here’s a look at what you can expect.

Windows 10 20H1 Preview Build 18956

Redesigned Network Status. Today’s build includes a new Network Status page in Settings that gives you more info about your device’s connectivity at a glance. It includes a new view of active connections and data usage.

Microsoft is also rolling out the new Cortana experience and new notification settings to all Insiders.

The notification settings improvements include:

  • If you hover your mouse over an incoming notification, you’ll now see a settings icon to make it easy to adjust that app’s notification settings.
  • We’ve updated the design of the per-app notification settings for visual clarity.
  • There’s now a direct link to notification settings at the top of the Action Center.
  • Notifications & Action Settings now has a checkbox for muting the sound of all notifications.
  • By default, the senders in Notifications & Action Settings are now sorted by “most recently sent a notification.”

Microsoft is also rolling out a new update for the Calendar app. The new version will feature an Always On Top mode. You can switch to it by clicking the icon next to the calculator mode name.

In addition to the new features above, here is the list of the other general fixes and improvements included:

  • We’re in the process of returning Tamper Protection to being on by default for all Insiders. You’ll see this change reflected on your PC across the next few weeks.
  • We fixed an issue where, if snipping via Print Screen was enabled, certain UI would unexpectedly dismiss before it could be captured in the snip.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the touch keyboard button not launching the touch keyboard on certain devices.
  • We fixed an issue where, if you dragged File Explorer while the search dropdown was visible, the dropdown could end up disconnected from the search box.
  • We fixed an issue where, if a search was in progress in File Explorer, then it’d take two clicks on the X to clear the search results.
  • We fixed an issue where using the “Automatically type into Search Box” view setting would result in the first letter of your File Explorer search being dropped.
  • We fixed an issue where File Explorer recent searches weren’t disabled when the group policy “Turn off display of recent search entries in the File Explorer search box” was enabled.
  • We fixed an issue where explorer.exe would crash when searching File Explorer starting in a OneDrive folder if OneDrive was not running.
  • We fixed an issue where Homegroup options might still appear in the “Give access to” File Explorer context menu entry, despite the Homegroup feature no longer being available.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders experiencing a taskbar search crash right after log-in.

Remember that Windows 10 20H1 is an Insider build that will be the feature update we expect to see in the Spring of 2020. Microsoft has announced that 19H2 will basically be a service pack which is expected this September. So, with Insider builds you can expect a lot of bugs and other issues for both users and developers. Make sure to read Microsoft’s full blog post for all changes, known issues, and workarounds.


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