What you need to know
- A new Windows 10 preview build is rolling out to Fast ring Insiders.
- This release pushes the build number to 19613.
- Coming alongside this build is an update to the languages supported by the Cortana app.
Updated April 27, 2020: Microsoft released a small cumulative update for build 19613, pushing it to build 19613.1005. There are no major changes, as the build is meant to help Microsoft test its servicing pipeline. The original story, published on April 22, follows.
Microsoft shipped another new Windows 10 preview build for Fast ring Insiders today. This release brings the build number up to 19613, and it's largely made up of bug fixes. However, Microsoft also began rolling out an update tp the Cortana app that brings support for new languages with Bing answers and Assistant conversations.
Here's a rundown of everything that's new and fixed in Windows 10 Fast ring build 19613:
Cortana app update: We're starting to roll out a Cortana app update for Insiders in the Fast ring that will turn on Bing Answers and Assistant Conversations for the following regions and languages:
- Australia: English
- Brazil: Portuguese
- Canada: English/French
- France: French
- Germany: German
- India: English
- Italy: Italian
- Japan: Japanese
- Mexico: Spanish
- Spain: Spanish
- United Kingdom: English
Look for version 2.2004.1706.0 to know you've received the update. This is a staggered rollout, so you may not see it right away.
- We fixed an issue that was causing app icons in the taskbar to not display correctly, including defaulting to the .exe icon. This issue may have also caused some Insiders to have more reliability issues with explorer.exe.
- We fixed an issue impacting Windows Forms applications where the ImmSetOpenStatus() API wasn't changing the IME mode correctly when setting focus to text fields while using the new Japanese or Chinese IMEs.
- We fixed an issue from recent builds for Insiders with multiple monitors, resulting in Visual Studio sometimes not responding to clicks.
- We fixed an issue where the doskey / listsize command had no effect.
- We fixed an issue where the doskey /reinstall command killed the commandline session rather than reloading doskey.
- We fixed an issue that could result in Settings crashing when uninstalling a font.
- We fixed an issue impacting some users that could result in Task Manager always showing 0 seconds for Last BIOS Time.
- We've made some improvements to address an underlying issue that could result in a black screen for some users for a while after logging in. If you continue seeing this issue, please try pressing WIN+Shift+Ctrl+B and then log feedback in the Feedback Hub.
- We're aware Narrator and NVDA users that seek the latest release of Microsoft Edge based on Chromium may experience some difficulty when navigating and reading certain web content. Narrator, NVDA and the Edge teams are aware of these issues. Users of legacy Microsoft Edge will not be affected. NVAccess has released a NVDA 2019.3 that resolves the known issue with Edge.
- We're looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build.
- We're investigating reports that the battery icon on the lock screen always shows close to empty, regardless of actual battery levels.
- We're investigating reports of IIS configuration being set to default after taking a new build. You will need to back up your IIS configuration and restore it after the new build is installed successfully.
- Quickly switching between WSL distros using the File Explorer integration could cause a transient access error. We've identified the cause of this issue and are releasing a fix soon.
- We're investigating reports that some Insiders are experiencing unexpected freezes and bugchecks with error DPC WATCHDOG VIOLATION in the last few builds.
If you're enrolled in the Fast ring, you can pick up build 19613 from Windows Update now. For more on this release, check out Microsoft's full blog post.
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I don't understand MS strategy with Cortana, especially on Android.
It's not cometely clear, in my opinion. I know they wanted to focus more Cortana in office and outlook. I'm assuming and hoping that the question you presented will be fully realized with the release of Surface Duo.
Does everyone work well with Cortana?
From build 19608, there is no response from Cortana.
The symptoms are the same even when initialized in Cortana's advanced options in the Settings > Apps.
I used English (United States).
It's really problematic, because I think they ultimately still need a voice assistant. I guess they could collaborate with Alexa like they did for Xbox control, but I don't think Alexa is necessarily designed to compete with Google Assistant or Siri. I'm probably in a minority, but I really wish they would get with Samsung and meld Cortana into Bixby. Bixby is horrible and failing, and Cortana uses to be great but is failing. This way they could have a pretty big presence in the mobile world and I could have a halfway decent assistant on my watch.
My wishlist for Cortana: A) Bring back the notebook; B) Allow me to have my work/school account and my home account tied into my Notebook; C) have each cortana device be able to recognize different voices and tie them to different user profile sets. I don't need Cortana to be able to raise or lower my window shades or change my thermostat. I just want her to help me manage my life's schedule, answer questions about the weather and time, and play podcasts/streaming.
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