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Windows 10 20H1 build 19018 rolls out to Fast ring Insiders

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What you need to know

  • A new Windows 10 preview build is available for Fast ring Insiders.
  • This release pushes the build number to 19018 changes to Windows Search.
  • Insiders on the Fast ring can download this release via Windows Update now.

Microsoft released a new build of Windows 10 to Fast ring Insiders this week, pushing the build to 19018. The new build has multiple changes to Windows Search as well as several fixes.

In addition to announcing the new build, Microsoft announced that starting today, Insiders that opted into the Skip Ahead ring will be migrated into the Fast ring. Going forward, Windows Insiders will not be able to sign-up for the Skip Ahead ring.

Here's a look at what's new and fixed in build 19018:

What's new in build 19018

Quick searches now in Search Home

To help you find the info that matters even faster, we've added four quick web searches to your Search Home:

  • Weather: Get current conditions and the upcoming forecast
  • Top news: Read the latest headlines from popular news sites
  • Today in history: Explore four events that happened on this day
  • New movies: Find out what's playing in theaters near you

Updated design for web preview in search results

We have made a few small tweaks to how it looks–here's what you'll see now:

Windows Search in build 19018

Source: Microsoft (Image credit: Source: Microsoft)

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • For Insiders that did not take the Cumulative Update to Build 19013, just a note that this build (like that update), also includes the fix for the issue resulting in black screens and disconnects over remote desktop in the last couple of flights.
  • We've fixed an issue where the Settings app was hanging or crashing when accessing the System or Ease of Access sections.
  • We fixed an issue where if a new account profile picture synced down from the cloud, your old one might not be listed in the picture history in Accounts Settings.
  • We fixed an issue where Windows Update history might show an update having failed with error 0x80240017 even though the update had actually succeeded.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in Search sometimes not rendering in the enter space available within the Search window.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in exe using an unexpectedly high amount of CPU when your device was unplugged in recent builds.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in Cortana not responding to Hey Cortana.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in Cortana not being visible in the taskbar right after upgrading, or being visible but not working, until you restarted your PC.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to keep the Shift key pressed in order to type capital letters in certain languages recently when typing with the onehanded touch keyboard.
  • As some Insiders know, a few releases ago we announced a new keyboard shortcut (WIN + Ctrl + Shift + B) in order to help troubleshoot black screens. With today's build, in this vein, we're announcing a new keyboard shortcut (WIN + Ctrl + Shift + L) to help investigate issues with the login screen. Simply press the keyboard shortcut while your PC is locked, reproduce your issue, and then press the keyboard short again–a reference number will be displayed that you can share when reporting your issue. Please note, currently this is only supported for local sessions that have connected to the network and power, and for whom Diagnostic Data is set to Full.
  • Narrator no longer announces changes in fonts when they have not changed.
  • We updated Narrator's autocorrect sound to be more consistent with the editing experience.
  • We improved Narrator's navigation and reading experience within Chrome.
  • We've improved the Outlook experience with Magnifier when Magnifier is set to track the text cursor in the center of the screen. Arrowing up and down in a list of emails will no longer force the viewport to the left of the list of messages.

If you're enrolled in the Fast ring, you can download build 19018 now via Windows Update. For more on this release, check out Microsoft's full release notes, which also cover known issues, at the Windows Blog.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

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