There is a new version of Windows 10 on the horizon and Microsoft has released a preview highlighting improvements to sign-in options, SwiftKey, input features, accessibility, Snip & Sketch, and Sticky Notes. This build comes from the 19H1 branch, set to arrive the first half of 2019. Microsoft is developing Windows 10 as a service, meaning it will get new features on a regular basis. So far Microsoft has released six major updates, including November Update, Anniversary Update, Creators Update, Fall Creators Update, April 2018 Update, and October 2018 Update.

 

Sign-in options have been simplified, allowing users more options for selecting the sign-in option right for them. For the October 2018 Update, Microsoft brought SwiftKey’s AI technology to Windows 10. This build expands support to more languages, including English (Canada), English (India), French (Canada), French (Belgium), French (Switzerland), Portuguese (Portugal), German (Switzerland), and Spanish (United States). While these obviously work with touch keyboard, there are hardware keyboard text suggestions supported with the above languages. Additional input improvements include the Indic Phonetic keyboards for Hindi, Bangla, Tamil, Marathi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Odia, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam. While you type on the English QWERTY keyboard, Windows 10 uses transliteration to suggest possible Indic text candidates. You will be able to add the Indic language in Settings and downloading the Indic Phonetic keyboards.

 

Accessibility improvements include updates to the Narrator which now tells you when you are typing with Caps Lock turned on. The setting is on by default but can be turned off using Ctrl + Win + N. There are also released updates for Snip & Sketch (version 10.1809.2964.0) and Sticky Notes (version 3.1.32). Snip & Sketch lets you add a border to your screenshots, print directly from an app (including printing to PDF), and refine the “save” options. Confirmation to close unsaved files and file names include timestamps. Jpg and GIF file types are also supported.

 

Sticky Notes now supports Windows Dark Mode. You will also be able to set your color mode to suit your mood separate from system settings.

 

In addition to improvements to syncing speed, there is a long list of bug fixes, including:

 

  • If you right click on a group name or tile folder in Start, you will now have an option to unpin it. Currently 50 percent of Insiders will have this option.

  • Fixed an issue where Task Manager settings wouldn’t persist after closing and reopening Task Manager in recent flights.

  • Fixed an issue where only users in Vietnam could use the new Vietnamese Telex and Number key-based keyboards.

  • Fixed an issue where doing an upwards search with wrap enabled in Notepad wouldn’t find the last word in the text.

  • Fixed an issue that could result in Settings crashing when navigating to Data Usage.

  • Fixed an issue where starting the PIN removal process in Settings then clicking Cancel when prompted for your password would crash Settings.

  • Fixed an issue where twinui.dll would crash on some devices in the last few builds after selecting a wireless display to project to from the Connect flyout.

  • Fixed an issue where enhancements selected under Speaker Properties > Enhancements wouldn’t persist on upgrade.

  • Fixed an issue resulting in FLAC metadata being cut short in File Explorer and other locations.

  • The “Forget” option for Wi-Fi profiles is now available for non-admin users.

  • Ctrl + Mouse Wheel Scroll to zoom in text is now supported in Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL.

  • When using dark theme (Settings > Personalization > Colors) your scrollbars in Command Prompt, PowerShell and WSL will now become dark too.

  • Fixed an issue with the console that could cause graphical glitches in the embedded terminal of VS Code.

  • The options to change your default app mode and enable/disable transparency have moved to the top of Colors Settings so it’s easier for people to find.

  • Task View fails to show the + button under New Desktop after creating 2 Virtual Desktops.

  • Some users will notice the update status cycling between Getting Things Ready, Downloading, and Installing. This is often accompanied with error 0x8024200d caused by a failed express package download.

  • If you have a have a large number of OTF fonts, or OTF fonts that support the extended East Asian character set, you may experience some unexpectedly missing text across the system. If you encounter this issue, navigating to the Fonts folder (c:\windows\fonts) may resolve it.

  • PDFs opened in Microsoft Edge may not display correctly (small, instead of using the entire space).

  • A race condition resulting in blue screens could occur if your PC is set up to dual boot. If you’re impacted the workaround is to disable dual boot.

  • The hyperlink colors need to be refined in Dark Mode in Sticky Notes if the Insights are enabled.

  • Settings page will crash after changing the account password, we recommend using the CTRL + ALT + DEL method to change the password.

  • WSL will not work on this build. If you require WSL to work, you can rollback to Build 18267.

  • If you install any of the recent builds from the Fast ring and switch to the Slow ring – optional content such as enabling developer mode will fail. You will have to remain in the Fast ring to add/install/enable optional content. This is because optional content will only install on builds approved for specific rings.

 

Again, the new version of Windows 10 will be out the first part of next year. As features and improvements are introduced, we will continue to bring them to you. At SoftwareKeep, we want you to be informed and know everything there is to know about the software that keeps you productive.