What you need to know
- Windows 10 build 19592 is now rolling out to Fast ring Insiders.
- This release brings some major tablet mode improvements for 2-in-1 PCs.
- Build 19592 is available now via WIndows Update for Fast ring Insiders.
Microsoft pushed out another Windows 10 preview build for Insiders enrolled in the Fast ring today. This build brings the usual smattering of bug fixes and performance improvements, but there are also some major improvements for 2-in-1 PCs. Notably, tablet mode has received a boost, making using your PC as a tablet a little easier.
The tablet improvements are intended to make the touch experience better, and they's rolling out slowly to Insiders starting with this build. Here's a look at all of the changes and improvements included in Windows 10 build 19592.1001:
Tablet posture improvements for 2-in-1 convertible PCs
We are beginning to roll out (again*) the new tablet experience for 2-in-1 convertible PCs as a preview to some Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. This experience is separate from the Tablet Mode experience that you will still be able to use. This new experience allows users entering tablet posture to stay in the familiar desktop experience without interruption with a few key touch improvements:
- Taskbar icons are spaced out
- Search box on taskbar is collapsed into icon-only mode
- Touch keyboard auto invokes when you tap a text field
- File explorer elements will have a little more padding, to make them comfortable to interact with using touch
You'll also notice we've updated some of the related Tablet settings under Settings > System, so as to give you control over the experience.
*Note: This feature was previously rolled out as an experiment to Windows Insiders in 20H1 Build 18970 and ended in Build 19013. After some refinement, we're reintroducing it to Windows Insiders in this build and plan to deliver this experience to customers in a future Windows 10 update.
General changes and improvements
- The Windows Search Platform (Indexer) has been updated with improved logic to help find better times to perform indexing of your files and avoiding heavily indexing while you are using your machine. An improvement was also made to significantly limit the amount of times the service indexes your files for content that doesn't have an impact on search experiences, and gives you a better experience on Windows.
- We've fixed the issue causing ARM devices to receive a bugcheck and have removed the block with this build.
- We fixed an issue that could result in the Optional Features page in Settings appearing blank.
- We've fixed an issue where, when running corruption repair (DISM), the process stopped at 84.9%.
- We fixed an issue where, after successfully completing installation of an update and rebooting the device, the Start menu Shutdown button still showed Update and Shutdown and Update and Restart.
- We fixed an issue that could result in Windows updates failing with error 0x80070003.
- We fixed an issue that could sometimes result in Settings crashing when pausing updates or the Windows Update settings page not loading.
- We fixed an issue from the previous flight that was resulting in extra lines appearing in the taskbar jumplist.
- We fixed in an issue resulting in a black window, with only a mouse being visible to others, when sharing a single app over Microsoft Teams.
For more, including a look at the known issues present in this release, you can check out Microsoft's full release notes. Otherwise, Insiders enrolled in the Fast ring can grab build 19592.1001 now via Windows Update.
Very much looking forward to the tablet usability improvements. I'll take anything I can get at this point, lol.
Interesting to see that at least they are still putting some effort on improving Tablet/Touch Experience in Windows 10. Though this improvements seems more beneficial on laptops and touchscreen All-in-Ones than on tablets or convertibles which already have a choice of Tablet Mode that itself hasn't changed. What I hope to see for actual tablet improvements is to improve Windows Snap to support portrait snapping when the tablet is rotated to portrait. This is a huge missing feature that I think many will benefit when they use tablet in portrait orientation, regardless they use Tablet Mode or not. Another thing is the Taskbar, which still the old Windows 7 style when you pin too many apps and it doesn't fit in the Taskbar. You get a tiny arrow buttons instead to switch Taskbar pages. This must be changed to have Taskbar overflow where you can scroll left and right instead. This should apply universally for both Tablet Mode and Desktop Mode. They should also bring back the gesture to close apps while in Timeline/Task View. They removed this and didn't bring back after they introduced Timeline.
Itt rather sounds like they are using Windows 10 tablet mode to bring Windows 10X features over. Not a bad idea IMHO. They should stop tampering with regular Windows 10 experience. And I'm not talking about colors. There are worse ways to ruin it.
I'll take credit for the touch keyboard auto invoking. I've been pestering MS in feedback hub about that for months. Looks like they've finally listened and made a change. This is progress for Tablet Mode.
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