Microsoft Releases Windows 10 20H1 Preview Build 18963

Microsoft today is rolling out Windows 10 20H1 preview build 18963 to Insiders in the Fast ring. Here’s a look at the new features and improvements to expect.

Microsoft today released Windows 10 20H1 preview build 18963 to Insiders in the Fast ring. This follows up last week’s build 18956 which included a few new features and system improvements. Today’s build introduces new features like an updated search experience, and a GPU temperature section for Task Manager. Here’s a look at what you can expect.

Windows 10 20H1 Build 18963

Users have been asking for it and finally, Microsoft is delivering a GPU temperature section to Task Manager. This allows you to keep tabs on the temp of your dedicated GPU card under the Performance tab. Note that this is only available if you have a dedicated GPU installed and not integrated graphics.

If you use the Virtual Desktops feature in Windows 10, you can now rename your sessions versus seeing just “Desktop 1, Desktop 2, etc.

The Optional Features page (Settings > Apps & Features > Optional Features) is getting improved with the following:

  • Multi-select: You can now select and install multiple optional features at the same time.
  • Better list management: You can now search through lists of optional features and sort them by Name, Size, and Install date.
  • More useful information: You can now see the install date for each optional feature in your ‘Installed features’ list. We’ve also added feature dependencies to the description of each optional feature in the list of features available for install.
  • Easier page navigation: View the status of your latest installs/uninstalls/cancels right on the main page in the ‘Latest actions’ section. You can now add optional features and view your history via pop-up dialogues, so you never have to navigate away from the main page

This build also improves upon the Windows Search experience. It now has spell correction for apps and settings searches and hints to improve “Best match” results.

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

  • We fixed an issue where when connected via cellular or ethernet, the Network status would show you weren’t connected, even though you were able to successfully use the network.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the candidate selection in the prediction candidate window for the Japanese IME occasionally not matching the composition string.
  • We fixed an issue where the candidate selection via number keys for the new Simplified Chinese IME did not match with the composition string.
  • We fixed an issue impacting typing speed over remote desktop.
  • We fixed an issue where, when using the emoji panel in certain places with an East Asian language active, it would close automatically after entering a single emoji even if the option to keep it open was enabled.
  • We fixed an issue where typing a very long string with the Vietnamese Telex keyboard without committing could result in the underlying app crashing.
  • We fixed a recent issue where the touch keyboard input a period when pressing the space key when typing in Korean.
  • We fixed an issue where, if the Allow Input Personalization group policy was set to disabled, then search would crash.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in search not returning results after disconnecting from the internet when using a local account.
  • We fixed an issue that could cause the search box to become invisible in the taskbar if you opened Start menu while there was an update pending on your system.
  • We fixed an issue for those using the new Cortana experience, where WIN+C wasn’t bringing up Cortana.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in iCloud calendars not syncing with the Calendar app.
  • In order to help reduce disk footprint, we’re shifting the Connect app to now be available as an optional feature downloadable in Settings.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to setup Windows Hello in Settings in recent builds.
  • We fixed a recent issue where if Sound Settings was open, and you used the hardware volume keys on your PC to update the volume, the master volume slider in Settings might not stay in sync with the current value.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the Graphics Settings drop-down list for Microsoft Store apps being empty.
  • We fixed an issue impacting Snip & Sketch capture reliability in recent builds.

Remember that Windows 10 20H1 is an Insider build that will include the feature the updates we expect to see in the Spring of 2020. Microsoft has announced that 19H2 will basically be a service pack which is expected to rollout in September.

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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