UPDATED: Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18362.10005 (19H2) | Windows Experience Blog

UPDATE 7/17: Today we have released 19H2 Build 18362.10006 for a subset of Windows Insiders that turns on the features delivered as part of Build 18362.10005 (noted in the below blog post) earlier this week. Please note that Build 18362.10006 is only going out to a subset of Insiders in the Slow ring. That means not everyone in the Slow ring will get this update.Hello Windows Insiders!
Today we are releasing 19H2 Build 18362.10005 to Windows Insiders in the Slow ring. As a reminder, Windows Insiders in the Slow ring who are on the Windows 10 May 2019 Update will be receiving 19H2 via servicing as a Cumulative Update and not a full build update.
In addition to the fixes included in KB4507453 for the May 2019 Update, 19H2 Build 18362.10005 includes the following changes and improvements:
Windows containers require matched host and container version. This restricts customers and limits Windows containers from supporting mixed-version container pod scenarios This update includes 5 fixes to address this and allow the host to run down-level containers on up-level for process (Argon) isolation.
A fix to allow OEMs to reduce the inking latency based on the hardware capabilities of their devices rather than being stuck with latency selected on typical hardware configuration by the OS.
Key-rolling or Key-rotation feature enables secure rolling of Recovery passwords on MDM managed AAD devices upon on demand request from in-tune/MDM tools or upon every time recovery password is used to unlock the BitLocker protected drive. This feature will help prevent accidental recovery password disclosure as part of manual BitLocker drive unlock by users.
A change to enable third-party digital assistants to voice activate above the Lock screen.
Please note that these changes and improvements are currently OFF by default in this build. As mentioned previously, we may ship features in these updates turned off by default and turn them on via controlled feature rollouts. Doing this helps us gain better feedback on overall build quality. With today’s 19H2 build, we are testing this experience. Our plan is to quickly follow-up with another 19H2 build that turns these features on for a subset of Insiders and proceed from there based on feedback and quality.
As always, Insiders are encouraged to report any issues they experience with these updates through Feedback Hub.
Thanks,Dona and Brandon

Find out how Z by HP helps creative pros up their game | Windows Experience Blog

Jody MacDonald working with Z by HP

Jody MacDonald has had many challenging assignments, but for the award-winning photographer, a six-week trek testing an all-weather camera through the Sahara Desert stood out.
During the day, the heat was unbearable, the nights freezing. She slept on top of iron ore, on the world’s longest train. She encountered huge sandstorms.
With extreme weather conditions like this, her gear gets banged around a lot as it travels on the backs of donkeys, pickup trucks and small aircraft. She needs powerful, physically durable equipment.
In 2018, she became a Z by HP ambassador as she tried out a new HP ZBook x2, replacing her MacBook Pro. With it, she’s experienced a level of detail and ease of use in the editing process she’s never had.

Rik Oostenbroek working with Z by HP

For digital artist Rik Oostenbroek, sunset and dusk at home in the Netherlands are also prime times for inspiration.
His favorite color is orange, which also happens to be the national color, and his work reflects that in intricate swirls, flames, sparks, leaves and abstract shapes. His art, like the nature that surrounds his environment, changes and grows organically with different textures and shapes. He also decorates his home in orange accents, like the light bulb in his office and his steel desk. Even as he moves about, orange makes its mark – in his watch and on his shoes.
He had spent his entire freelance career – 10 years – working with Macs, and he had grown frustrated. The system’s performance issues were huge for him, as was the difficulty in upgrading and installing new parts. So he decided to switch to an HP Z4 late in 2018.
Find out how MacDonald and Oostenbroek use Z by HP at Microsoft Stories.

Windows 10 Tip: More choices for updates | Windows Experience Blog

Editor’s note: We’re back with the summer batch of weekly Windows 10 tips posts, which highlight some of the many helpful features that come with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to make your daily life easier with a streamlined update process, as well as clean and simple experiences for your desktop. 
Thanks to the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, you’ll see fewer interruptions when Windows updates.  
Now you have the option to let Windows Update adjust active hours based on your device-specific usage patterns. 
We know that sometimes, updates can come at inconvenient times. So, now you’ll be able to pause both feature and monthly updates for up to 35 days (seven days at a time, up to five times).  
And when there’s an update requiring you to restart your device, you’ll see a new notification: a colored dot on the Power button in the Start menu and on the Windows icon in your taskbar. 
Check it out in action: 

If you like this, check out more Windows 10 Tips. 

Participate in the Developer Economics Survey – Windows Developer Blog

The Developer Economics Q2 2019 survey is here in its 17th edition to shed light on the future of the software industry. Every year more than 40,000 developers around the world participate in this survey, so this is a chance to be part of something big, voice your thoughts, and make your own contribution to the developer community.

The survey is for all developers, whether you’re a professional, a hobbyist, or a student; building front-end, back-end, or full stack; working on desktop, web, gaming, cloud, mobile, IoT, AR/VR, machine learning, or data science.

The survey asks questions about the status and the future of the software industry.
What’s going up and what’s going down in the software industry?
Which are your favorite tools and platforms?
Which programs are doing the best job supporting developers like you?

There are some perks to go with your participation. Have a look at what you can get our hands on:
A chance to win awesome prizes like a Microsoft Surface Pro 6.
A free State of the Developer Nation report with the key findings (available September 2019).

This is an independent survey from SlashData, an analyst firm in the developer economy that tracks global software developer trends. We’re interested in seeing the report that comes from this survey, and we want to ensure the broadest developer audience participates.
Of course, any data collected by this survey is between you and SlashData. You should review their Terms & Conditions page to learn more about the awarding of prizes, their data privacy policy, and how SlashData will handle your personal data.

The survey is open until July 28, 2019.

The survey is available in English, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Russian, Japanese, or Korean.