What you need to know
- A new Windows 10 20H1 preview build is rolling out on the Windows Insider Fast ring.
- This update moves the build number to 18985 and brings the new Snip & Sketch experience to everyone.
- Windows 10 build 18985 is now available via Windows Update for Insiders on the Fast ring.
Microsoft shipped a new Windows 10 20H1 preview build for Fast ring Insiders to check out today. The latest release pushes the build number up to 18985, and it brings the new Snip & Sketch experience to everyone. There are also an improved Bluetooth pairing experience and the usual smattering of bug fixes and performance improvements across the board.
Here's a look at all of what's new and improved.
What's new in build 18985
Improving your Bluetooth pairing experience
- For Windows 10 version 1803, we announced a new streamlined experience for pairing supported Bluetooth devices. The idea was simple—if a supported device was nearby and in pairing mode, we'd show a notification that prompted you to go through pairing. This saved you from opening Settings yourself and finding the right place to go. Today, we're rolling out an update with improvements we hope you'll like.
Here's what's new:
- Pairing is all done in notifications now. You don't need to go to the Settings app anymore to finish pairing.
- For faster pairing time, we improved the UI by showing one less notification.
- We added a Dismiss button to the first notification to give you more control while using Swift Pair.
- To make the notification more helpful, now we show the device name and category when we can.
- We're excited for Insiders to try it out and share feedback. This new experience is currently rolled out to 50% of Insiders, and we'll let you know as the rollout increases. Supported devices include:
- Surface Ergonomic Keyboard
- Surface Precision Mouse
- Microsoft Modern Mobile Mouse
- Surface Mobile Mouse
- Microsoft Arc Mouse
- Surface Arc Mouse
- Surface Headphones
Improving your optional update experience
- As some Insiders have noticed, we're working on making it easier for you to see all optional updates (including drivers, feature updates, and monthly non-security quality updates) in one place. Once optional updates are detected, they will be listed in a new page under Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > View optional updates. For drivers, you no longer need to browse Device Manager for a specific device to update. Windows Update will automatically keep your drivers up-to-date, same as before, but if you're having a problem one of those optional drivers might help.
Snip & Sketch app update
After spending time in both the Fast and Slow rings, we're now starting to roll out Snip & Sketch version 10.1907 to 100% of Insiders in the Release Preview ring. We will also be rolling this update out to a small percentage of those using retail builds. As a reminder, this update includes two notable improvements based on your feedback:
- Single window mode: We've heard that some of you prefer your previous snip to close when you click New in Snip & Sketch, so you don't end up with a bunch of windows. Going forward, this will be the default option. If you liked having multiple windows, don't worry! That's still an option too if you go to Snip & Sketch settings.
- Zoom support: You can now zoom in on your screenshots if they're a bit too small for you to annotate on (and yes, touch, CTRL+Plus, CTRL+Minus and Ctrl+Mouse wheel are supported!) If you prefer keeping a small Snip & Sketch window, we'll also zoom out to ensure the whole snip fits in the Snip & Sketch window.
General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC
- We fixed an issue where adding a new Language Pack reported successful installation but was not installed.
- We fixed an issue impacting the reliability of Settings when accessing the Network & Internet section.
- We fixed an issue that could result in printer entries not displaying properly for non-admin accounts—the text overlapping, and not being clickable.
- We fixed an issue resulting in Task Manager showing an unexpectedly high temperature for certain GPUs.
- We fixed an issue resulting in Task Manger unexpectedly showing 0% CPU usage in the Performance tab.
- We fixed an issue where the setting that enables Microsoft accounts on your device to go Passwordless (by requiring >- Windows Hello sign in and hiding the password option from the lock screen) was showing for local account users. Now the setting will only show for Microsoft account users.
- We fixed an issue with the Reset this PC cloud download option not calculating the correct amount of space you needed to free up if you did not have enough disk space to proceed.
- We fixed an issue with the Reset this PC cloud download option not working when specific optional features were installed.
- At this time, we're removing our known issue about Realtek SD card readers. If you are still encountering issues with any SD cards, please take a moment to check for driver updates, and file feedback if that does not resolve it for you.
This build is rolling out now for Windows Insiders on the Fast ring via Windows Update. For a full list of changes in build 18985, including known issues, you can check out Microsoft's full release notes.
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