Hands-on with Windows 10 20H1 build 18941 showcasing new changes

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It's time to go hands-on once again with the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build to showcase all the latest changes and enhancements Microsoft is working on for the next major Windows 10 update. The latest 20H1 builds are still bare of any blockbuster new features, but there are small changes and enhancements that are beginning to take shape.

New in build 18941 is a change to the calendar flyout on the taskbar that now allows you to add events to your calendar straight from the taskbar. Also new in this build is the ability to make your device "passwordless" if you have Windows Hello enabled.

Check out the complete 20H1 changelog (so far)

This feature outright removes your traditional password from your device, relying soley on Windows Hello methods of authentication. Microsoft touts this feature as more secure, as your password is likely a memorable phrase that can be easily copied. Windows Hello is harder for attackers to crack, and are also device specific, unlike your Microsoft Account password.

There's also an update to the way you can customize notifications. A new quick shortcut to different notification settings is now present in toast notifications, and you can more easily change which apps send notifications, and how those notifications are displayed.

There are also a few hidden features that haven't been announced in this build, including improvements to the yet-to-be-announced new Cortana experience, and Virtual Desktops. "Hey Cortana" now works with the new Cortana experience, and the settings area now uses the same UI found on iOS and Android, compared to the old PC layout.

Virtual Desktops can now be named and are saved across reboots. Both Cortana and Virtaul Desktop improvements aren't enabled in the build by default yet. This should hopefully happen soon as Microsoft turns on more features for testing officially.

In the meantime, are you liking the changes found in 20H1 so far? Let us know in the comments.

Zac Bowden
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