The latest Windows 10 Fast Ring Build 18298 released to Windows Insiders comes included with a bunch of improvements and new features, alongside other minor feature and settings updates.
Microsoft’s latest 19H1 build more specifically adds new features to sign-in, File Explorer, touch keyboard, Notepad, and other updates
Additionally, in today’s build, Microsoft has also delivered on its promised “Windows Update Notifications.”
Windows 10 Setup in this build now includes Microsoft logo, Support link, or Legal link in the bottom left-hand corner of Windows Setup.
“The Retail release will include these and the links are included here for reference.”
With this feature, starting with 19H1, whenever an update requiring a reboot (including in mainstream) will show a “Power” button in the Start menu in “orange” color alerting users to restart their device.
Here is an overview of Build 18298 release features:
Microsoft also integrated “Feedback Hub” in Notepad allowing users to send feedback without leaving it.
From Notepad, click on Help -> Send Feedback.
A little asterisk (*) in the title bar just before the title of a document indicates unsaved changes for a document.
Also, this build improves the way Notepad handles UTF-8 encoding by making “UTF-8 without a Byte Order Mark” as the default for new files.
Additionally, a new column added to the status bar shows the encoding of the document.
This build also added new additional Notepad shortcuts and an ability to open and save files with a path longer than 260 characters.
Microsoft has consolidated sign-in settings with an added ability to set up a security key right from Settings.
Here is a screenshot of new consolidate sign-in:
A new sorting filter added to default downloads folder let users more easily see the most recent downloads as the top of the list.
To switch sortings navigate to the “View” tab in File Explorer.
Insiders in the Fast ring now have an option that enables them to quickly unpin groups and folders in Start via a new context menu entry.
Here is an image of quick unpin for groups and folders:
Touch keyboard improvements now let users type faster with more accuracy, says Microsoft.
With this build, as a user begin to type, under the covers the new keyboard will dynamically adjust hit target of each key, based on a prediction of what letter most likely will be typed next.
Here is an example image showing the keyboard’s underlying heatmap:
There are a number of new and experimental console features as well. When opened a properties page of any Console window, the user will now see additional “Terminal” tab that contains several new settings of some experimental features.
An image below shows new Console windows:
There also are a bunch of Narrator fixes and updates and ease-of-access improvements, including:
Narrator Home, verbosity improvements, read URLs with Narrator + 0 command, easier table-reading, updated capitalization reading, stay focused when reading content,
- move cursor as Narrator reads, more consistent reading experience,
- hear function keys as you type, like an arrow, tab, and other navigation keys, combo edit support, and Narrator stays on while a user reset PIN or password or password. Ease of access improvements includes bigger and brighter cursors. Just navigate to Ease of Access Settings (or press Windows + U), under “Vision” category, select “Cursor & pointer” to see the list of options. Feedback Hub is updated to version 1811 and includes some visual tweaks:
- updated navigation pane now use common control and shows transition animation when switching between sections.
- Improvements to how the UI flows between different window sizes.
- Screenshots and Steps capture images are now easily reviewable in the app.
- New feedback item gets auto-saved as a draft.
- App updates can be checked from the settings page in the Feedback Hub. Additionally, an auto check for app updates will be initiated on app launch.
The Snip & Sketch app version 10.1811.3371.0 gets a bunch of fixes in this 19H1 build:
- an issue where the bottom of the snip might get truncated.
- a white background is now used when saving as jpg for margins and free-form snips.
- issue fixed where if you wrote your own file name when saving a snip, and then went to save again, an autogenerated name would be shown for the proposed file name instead of the one you’d written earlier.
- fixed for temp image files in app storage were never cleaned up, leading to potentially a large amount of space being used if you took a lot of snips.
- improvements to address an issue where the app might hang when opening or annotating a high-resolution image when auto-copy was enabled.
- Window snip & borders are both now available to 100% of Insiders in the Fast ring! Thanks, everyone who’s shared feedback about the experience so far!
Game bar updates include a new Gallery experience to shows screenshots and videos taken through the Game bar and even allow sharing favorite screenshots directly to Twitter.
Microsoft is expected to release the Windows 10 19H1 release to mainstream users starting around April 2019.
For a full changelog of fixes, updates and known issues in Build 18298, see under:
General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC
- We fixed a merge conflict resulting in the Dynamic Lock settings being missing from Sign-in Settings.
- We fixed an issue resulting in Insiders seeing green screens with error System Service Exception in win32kbase.sys when interacting with certain games and apps in the last two flights.
- The update block for a small number of PCs using Nuvoton (NTC) TPM chips with a specific firmware version (22.214.171.124), due to a bug causing issues with Windows Hello face/biometric/pin login not working, has been removed as this build contains a fix for that issue.
- If you’ve turned off transparency effects, that preference will now also be reflected on the sign-in screen.
- We fixed an issue resulting in Settings crashing for some Insiders when clicking “Check for Updates”.
- We fixed an issue resulting in Settings crashing for some Insiders when going to Settings > Update & Security > Recovery.
- We fixed an issue resulting in night light settings not working and getting stuck in the last few flights.
- We fixed an issue resulting in an unexpected amount of space between the categories and subcategories in Settings in recent flights.
- We fixed an issue where the folder size wasn’t calculated correctly in File Explorer’s Properties dialog when there was a path that was longer than MAX_PATH involved.
- We fixed an issue resulting in menu flyouts appearing blank when using the Arabic display language.
- We fixed an issue where when inking on a PDF in Microsoft Edge, if you erased some ink quickly after starting the inking session, then added more ink, upon saving the PDF not all ink may be saved.
- We fixed an issue where the handwriting panel might crash when using your pen to input into win32 apps in recent builds.
- We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to type into certain tables using the Vietnamese Telex keyboard.
- We’ve made some adjustments when text scaling is enabled to emphasize the icon in the Action Center quick actions so that the text doesn’t overlap.
- We’ve made some improvements so that if theme truncation is detected, we will now handle this more gracefully and not result in unexpectedly thick borders around your windows.
- We’ve made some improvements to reduce the number of times where you might see the error “Windows can’t find one of the files in this theme. Do you still want to save the theme?” appear.
- We’re updating the timeout period when dictating (WIN+H) to be from 5 seconds to 10 seconds, to give you a bit more time to think about what you want to say. If you’d like to stop the dictation before then, just say “Stop dictating” or press WIN+H (same as in previous builds).
- We fixed an issue on the touch keyboard resulting in some letters unexpectedly being black instead of white in dark theme.
- We fixed an issue where the “…” menu in clipboard history (WIN+V) was clipped in recent builds.
- We fixed an issue where when displaying the name of a known file type (one registered under HKCR\<.File Extension>) File Explorer would display an empty string for the file name in some cases. Now, if a file name is not available, File Explorer will always show the extension name, even if Show File Name Extensions is turned off.
- We’ve updated the microphone and camera privacy settings pages to provide information on which apps are currently using the microphone and camera and the date/time apps last accessed your microphone and camera.
- We fixed an issue where Magnifier would not start automatically even when “start after sign-in setting” for Magnifier was enabled if Narrator was not set to auto start after sign-in.
- We fixed an issue where Magnifier did not work with Touch when Centered mouse mode was enabled.
- We fixed an issue where Narrator sometimes would not start after completing Out of Box Experience (OOBE).
- We fixed the issue causing Narrator to start unexpectedly. We also made it easier to turn off Narrator when it was launched unintentionally.
- We fixed an issue where Narrator scan mode did not turn off automatically when you focused the address bar in Microsoft Edge.
- We fixed an issue where Narrator heading navigation was skipping some headings in Chrome.
- We fixed an issue where Narrator read page loaded notification multiple times in Chrome.
- We fixed an issue where Narrator did not read Edit box placeholder text in Chrome.
- We fixed an issue that caused the settings page to crash after changing the account password or PIN.
- The hyperlink colors need to be refined in Dark Mode in Sticky Notes if the Insights are enabled.
- Settings crashes when clicking on the “View storage usage on other drives” option under System > Storage.
- The Windows Security app may show an unknown status for the Virus & threat protection area, or not refresh properly. This may occur after upgrade, restart, or settings changes.
- Delete previous version of Windows in Configure Storage Sense is not selectable.
- Settings will crash when opening Speech Settings.
- The cmimanageworker.exe process may hang, causing system slowness or higher than normal CPU usage. This can be bypassed by rebooting the machine if it occurs.
- Launching games that use BattlEye anti-cheat will trigger a bug check (green screen) – we’re investigating.
- USB printers may appear twice in the Devices and Printers under Control Panel. Reinstalling the printer will resolve the issue.
Windows 10 Build 18290 which was released on November 28 to Fast Ring Insiders with ISO has now been replaced by the 18298 previews.
Microsoft has just pushed the ISO out to Insiders.
To get started, ISOs can be found here.