What you need to know

  • Windows 10 20H1 preview build 18975 is now rolling out for Fast ring Insiders.
  • This build adds the ability to move the Cortana window, along with a bunch of general bug fixes and improvements.
  • Build 18975 is available to download now via Windows Update.

Microsoft is capping off the week with a new Windows 10 20H1 preview build for Fast ring Insiders to check out. This latest release pushes the build number up to 18975, and it includes a handful of new features alongside a ton of bug fixes and improvements.

New in this build is the ability to move the Cortana window. You can also resize the window, allowing you to place it and shape it however you please. This capabiity is rolling out to half of Windows Insiders who currently have access to the new Cortana experience.

Here's a full look at what's new and fixed in Windows 10 build 18975.

What's new in build 18975

  • Introducing the ability to move the Cortana window: With the new conversational Cortana experience, we understand that you wanna keep the chat going sometimes, and the default position of the window isn't always where you'd prefer to have it docked if you're going to have a longer back and forth. That's why we're starting to roll out the option to be able to move the window (by dragging the title bar area), to anywhere you'd like on the screen–just like you can with other windows. You can also resize the window if you'd like. Currently, this change is rolled out to 50% of Insiders with the new Cortana experience, and we'll continue the rollout as we validate the quality of the experience.
  • Update on Virtual Desktop renaming: The ability to rename your virtual desktops is now available for all Insiders in the Fast ring! Thanks again everyone who shared feedback requesting this.

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • We fixed an issue resulting in the "Bluetooth and Other Devices" and "Printers and Scanners" not rendering correctly in the last two flights.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in search crashing on launch for Insiders using certain display languages, including Polish.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders receiving error 0xC0000142 when attempting to upgrade to recent builds.
  • We fixed a recent issue resulting in some Insiders finding that various File Explorer settings were unexpectedly modified, and in some cases couldn't be corrected. This impacted File Explorer's navigation pane visibility, the option for the navigation pane to automatically show all folders, and showing the drive letters. Please note that while this fix will stop it from happening, if you were impacted, you will need to take steps to return these settings in File Explorer to be their desired state.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the minimize, maximize, and close title bar buttons not working for certain apps.
  • For those who would prefer not to see the post upgrade setup page, we've added a new option to turn it off under Notification Settings. Note, it will only be visible for users eligible for seeing this setup page.
  • We fixed an issue where the text candidate list, when typing in Korean using the touch keyboard, was in reverse order.
  • We updated the Chinese Pinyin IME toolbar to now be light when using light theme.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in the Chinese Pinyin IME not responding the first time you tried to select a text candidate in certain types of text fields.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in the mouse cursor becoming transparent and not visible when HDR was enabled.
  • We fixed an issue where if MS Paint was open in the background, using the arrow keys would result in the mouse cursor changing position despite MS Paint not being in focus.
  • We fixed an issue when using your PC in Arabic or Hebrew, where when maximizing win32 apps you could see the title bar flip for a second to show the close button on the right instead of on the left.
  • We fixed an issue impacting Action Center reliability in the previous flight.
  • We've made some adjustments to help address potential out of memory issues over Remote Desktop that could result in you being unexpectedly logged out of your remote session.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to setup Windows Hello during OOBE.
  • We've updated our upgrade logic so that going forward, your preferred scheduled defragmentation settings will be preserved on upgrade. Thanks to those who shared feedback about this. We've made some improvements to help address out of memory issues resulting in users potentially getting logged out of remote desktop sessions.
  • We fixed an issue impacting Your Phone reliability in recent flights that resulted in seemingly random crashes during use.
  • We fixed an issue where, when taking a screenshot using the pen after rotating your device, the screenshot might not be in the expected orientation.
  • We fixed an issue when taking a snip that could result in your screenshot being unexpectedly blacked out.
  • We have removed the option to change Magnifier UI to a magnifying glass and be in the viewport. We would be interested to hear if this option was useful to you and why.
  • Magnifier reading now supports reading in more places.
  • Several issues have been resolved that caused the Magnifier UI not to scale or resize correctly when users adjusted the Make text bigger or the Make everything bigger settings.
  • We resolved an issue where users could not use some Magnifier hotkeys after sign-in until Magnifier was restarted.
  • We resolved an issue where Magnifier Docked and Lens mode would turn into Full Screen mode when User Account Controls were active.
  • We resolved an issue in Notepad where the text cursor would display, but the text cursor indicator would not.
  • We resolved an issue in Notepad where the text cursor indicator prevented users from double-clicking to select text.
  • We resolved an issue where the text cursor indicator preview in Ease of Access settings was not usable when Dark Mode is enabled.
  • We resolved an issue where the text cursor indicator was randomly filling in with black.
  • We fixed an issue with Narrator stopping early when reading certain dialogs.
  • Based on user feedback, we enhanced Narrator's reading experience when arrowing through messages in Outlook. When the importance column is read the "importance" header is always spoken before the high or low. If a message has been flagged that column's information will be spoken immediately after the importance column instead of at the end.
  • We fixed a bug where Narrator did not play the error sound in certain scenarios.
  • We raised the volume of Narrator's link and scroll sounds.
  • We fixed a bug when the Narrator page summary was not working in the Chrome browser.
  • We fixed a bug where assistive technology (e.g. Narrator, Magnifier, NVDA) were starting after sign-in when only the before sign-in setting was set.
  • Narrator is now presenting "flash messages" on a configured braille display as expected for reading the window title and when presenting suggested content.
  • Narrator is now presenting cell contents on a configured braille display as expected when navigating a table.

Fast ring Insiders can download build 18975 now via Windows Update. For more on this release, including a look at the known issues, you can check out Microsoft's full release notes at the Windows Blog.