Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18999 | Windows Experience Blog

Hello Windows Insiders, today we’re releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18999 (20H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.IMPORTANT: As is normal with pre-release builds, these builds may contain bugs that might be painful for some. If you take this flight, you won’t be able to switch Slow or Release Preview rings without doing a clean-install on your PC.
If you want a complete look at what build is in which Insider ring, head over to Flight Hub. You can also check out the rest of our documentation here including a complete list of new features and updates that have gone out as part of Insider flights for the current development cycle.
Not seeing any of the features in this build? Check your Windows Insider Settings to make sure you’re on the Fast ring. Submit feedback here to let us know if things weren’t working the way you expected.

Your Phone app – unveiling Calls, now even more ways to stay connected to what matters
We first announced the Calls feature at the Samsung Unpacked event in August, and you saw a live demo at last week’s Surface event. Today, we’re excited to unveil the Calls feature to the Windows Insider community. Check out this early preview and let us know what you think. 
No need to dig for your Android phone to answer your personal or work calls. You can now stay connected by simply answering (or not) your phone calls on your PC. Tap into your PC’s speakers, microphone, and large screen for a richer calling experience.
With the Calls feature you can:
Answer incoming phone calls on your PC.
Initiate phone calls from your PC using in-app dialer or contact list.
Decline incoming phone calls on your PC with custom text or send directly to your phone’s voicemail.
Access your recent call history on your PC. Clicking on a specific call will auto populate the number within the dialer screen.
Seamlessly transfer calls between your PC and phone.

Calls requirements:
Android Phones 7.0 or higher
Windows 10 PC with Bluetooth radio
Requires 19H1build or newer
Requires minimum Windows 10 build 18362.356
Known issue:
In certain instances, Calls feature may require you to pair your mobile phone & PC again. If you have previously paired your devices, unpair your devices and go through the Calls set up flow again.
This feature will gradually roll out to Insiders on 19H1 builds or newer, so it may take a few days to be available inside the Your Phone app.
We value your feedback, so give it a try and let us know what you think. You can report any issues under the Your Phone > Settings > Send feedback.
Update on the ability to move & resize Cortana’s window
We first started rolling out this change with Build 18975, and wanted to share that as of today’s build, this work is now available for all Insiders.
Please note that we’re still in the process of expanding language/region support of the new Cortana app (as discussed here), and Insiders outside of English (United States) will see a message when launching Cortana saying “Cortana isn’t available.” We’ll update you when the availability increases.

We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders seeing error 0x8007023e when installing updates.
We fixed an issue where, after successfully updating to Build 18995, the Windows Update Settings page might show the same build still needs to install. After installing Build 18999, you won’t see this issue on future flights.
We fixed an issue resulting in the Optional Features page in Settings crashing for some Insiders.
We fixed an issue where some Insiders were finding that Settings doesn’t launch from the button in Start, isn’t listed in the All apps list, or as a search result. If you are impacted, pressing WIN+R and inputting “ms-settings:” (without the quotes) will launch Settings if you need it.
We fixed a deadlock in the Network and Sharing Center Control Panel, that could result in it not loading.
We fixed an issue where if Cortana had been moved from the default position, then it wouldn’t be visible when you tried to launch it via the WIN+C keyboard shortcut.
We fixed an issue where when on battery saver SearchFilterHost.exe might use an unexpectedly high volume of CPU.
We fixed an issue where search would crash if a Start Menu layout including a folder had been applied via group policy.
We fixed an issue impacted VPN connection reliability.
We fixed an issue in Narrator which caused Chrome to become unstable when navigating web contents.
In Narrator braille, group header contextual elements are now represented with a “grp” abbreviation instead of “group.”
Narrator would not show the text being spoken when returning to the same edit field in braille just after navigating back from an element that did not support a standard text control.
Magnifier now remembers its window position after close and will reopen in that same location next time.
We fixed an issue where the text cursor indicator did not adjust to show in the correct location after content was scrolled.
We fixed an issue in the Search bar in either Control Panel or File Explorer where the box becomes grey and prevents input.
We fixed an issue where devices configured for dual scan (WSUS and Windows Update) for updates may not have been offered new builds in the Fast ring.
We fixed an issue where some devices configured to Use HDR may have experienced a bluish tint on their HDR displays after using Night Light.
We fixed an issue where certain 2D apps (like Feedback Hub, Microsoft Store, 3D Viewer) were incorrectly being treated as having protected content within Windows Mixed Reality and were blocking their content from being recorded.
We fixed an issue where, when capturing a repro video while filing a bug via Feedback Hub in Windows Mixed Reality, you couldn’t select Stop video.
[ADDED] We fixed the issue causing theme packs downloaded from the Microsoft Store to fail to apply.

There has been an issue with older versions of anti-cheat software used with games where after updating to the latest 19H1 Insider Preview builds may cause PCs to experience crashes. We are working with partners on getting their software updated with a fix, and most games have released patches to prevent PCs from experiencing this issue. To minimize the chance of running into this issue, please make sure you are running the latest version of your games before attempting to update the operating system. We are also working with anti-cheat and game developers to resolve similar issues that may arise with the 20H1 Insider Preview builds and will work to minimize the likelihood of these issues in the future.
[Added] We’re investigating reports that some devices are getting stuck during shutdown or restart.

Do you use key features of Windows like notifications, OneDrive, digital inking, or Family and peace of mind and digital safety features? Do you have an Office 365 subscription that you use on Windows? Our engineers would like to invite you to upcoming user research sessions.
Organized by Microsoft User Research, these voluntarily, online sessions are a unique opportunity to talk directly with the engineers who design and develop Windows and Office 365. Tell them what you like and what you think could be improved—plus get the chance to talk about the future of these features.
Microsoft User Research session: Windows OSWednesday, October 9, 2019, 1:00–3:00 PM PDT 
FIND OUT MORE AND JOIN THE WINDOWS OS SESSION
Microsoft User Research session: Office 365Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 1:00–3:00 PM PDT 
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Get your head in the game! October 22nd marks the official start of the 2019-20 NBA Regular Season and we know how important it is to stay up to date. Bing has everything you need on our NBA feature—from game schedules, standings, news, and more. Enjoy the season with Bing!
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Announcing Windows Server vNext Insider Preview Build 18995 | Windows Experience Blog

Hello Windows Insiders!Today we are pleased to release a new Insider preview build of the Windows Server VNext Semi-Annual Channel editions.

Windows Server vNext Semi-Annual Preview
The Server Core Edition is available in the 18 supported Server languages in ISO format and in VHDX format in English only.
Windows Server Core App Compatibility FoD Preview
Windows Server Language Packs
Windows Admin Center 1909
Symbols are available on the public symbol server – see Update on Microsoft’s Symbol Server blog post and Using the Microsoft Symbol Server. Matching Windows Server container images will be available via Docker Hub. For more information about Windows Server containers and Insider builds, click here.
The following keys allow for unlimited activations of Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel Previews
Server Standard: V6N4W-86M3X-J77X3-JF6XW-D9PRV
Server Datacenter: B69WH-PRNHK-BXVK3-P9XF7-XD84W
This Windows Server Preview will expire July 31st, 2020.

Registered Insiders may navigate directly to the Windows Server Insider Preview download page.  See the Additional Downloads dropdown for Windows Admin Center and other supplemental apps and products. If you have not yet registered as an Insider, see GETTING STARTED WITH SERVER on the Windows Insiders for Business portal.

The most important part of a frequent release cycle is to hear what’s working and what needs to be improved, so your feedback is extremely valued. For Windows Server, use your registered Windows 10 Insider device and use the Feedback Hub application. In the app, choose the Windows Server category and then the appropriate subcategory for your feedback. In the title of the Feedback, please indicate the build number you are providing feedback as shown below:
[Server #####] Title of my feedback
See Share Feedback on Windows Server via Feedback Hub for specifics. We also encourage you to visit the Windows Server Insiders space on the Microsoft Tech Communities forum to collaborate, share and learn from experts.
For Windows Admin Center, Send us feedback via UserVoice. We also encourage you to visit the Windows Admin Center space on the Microsoft Tech Communities.

There is an issue where the App Compatibility FOD cannot be added to the OS .wim image offline using DISM /image method.  After upgrade, it is necessary to reinstall the new FOD using DISM /online method.

This is pre-release software – it is provided for use “as-is” and is not supported in production environments. Users are responsible for installing any updates made available from Windows Update.   All pre-release software made available to you via the Windows Server Insider program are governed by the Insider Terms of Use.
Thanks,BLB

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>Western Digital 1TB 3.5 inch 7200RPM HD
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New app and game limits empower parents with more specific settings | Windows Experience Blog

Screen time is something so many families think about every day, including me, both at work as the product and strategy lead for family at Microsoft, and at home as a mother of two. I’m excited to share the next step in our efforts to empower families to strike the right balance of technology use in their lives with new app and game limits. Starting today, you can access this new feature in preview within our existing family settings across Windows 10, Xbox One and Android via Microsoft Launcher.

You may already be familiar with our existing device screen time feature, which allows parents to set limits at the device level. For instance, I can give my kids one hour of screen time on their Windows 10 PC devices, and another hour on their Xbox One console. Alternatively, parents can also choose to set a combined allowance of two hours, giving kids the option to spend it whichever way they want across both Windows 10 and Xbox One devices.
With the new app and game limits feature, we introduce two new key elements to screen time:
You can now set how much time your children spend within specific apps or games. Rather than a blanket time limit for time spent on device, you can now set limits at the app or game level, enabling you to be more specific with how your kids are spending their time with technology. This can be extremely helpful as parents struggle to balance the needed screen time for homework or education purposes when children use the same devices for gaming and entertainment.
The app and game limits you set will apply across Windows 10, Xbox One and even your child’s Android phone running Microsoft Launcher. We want to provide families the convenience of setting this up once, and letting it carry over across your child’s devices. This means one hour of Netflix per day is one hour of Netflix per day – my daughters can no longer pull a fast one by switching from one device to another.
One thing we learned from our research is that families tend to agree to different screen time allocations for weekdays and weekends. For example, you may want to allow your child to play a game until 9 p.m. on Saturday but want them done before dinner during the week. That led us to design the app and game limits feature with additional granularity to allow for both a variety of set time limits and different windows during which those limits apply, depending on the day.

Ultimately, our goal is for the app and game limits feature to provide flexible and customizable tools to meet each family’s unique needs. You as parents know what’s best for your children — no technology can ever replace that — but we’re hoping these tools can help you to strike the right balance.
To get started with app and game limits, and the many other family features we offer, the first step is to create a family group and ensure each child or teen in the family has their own Microsoft account. This is an important step for you to be able to manage their safety settings. We have recently made significant improvements to the child account creation, and credit cards are no longer required.
Once the family group is created, we encourage parents to have an open conversation with their children about their use of technology, how to empower them to learn and grow, connect with family and friends, play games and have fun; and at the same time, place guardrails to help them stay focused on their goals.
When children begin using an app or game, they are reminded of how much time they have. They will also get a reminder when they’re within 15 minutes of reaching the limit, and another reminder at five minutes, at which point they will have the option to ask for additional time. You, as the parent, can grant or deny that via email or more conveniently, via the Microsoft Launcher notification on your Android phone.
Starting today, you can access this feature in preview across the devices tied to your child’s account, which is connected to your Microsoft family group. The new app and game limits feature completes a large set of family features we’ve been developing over the past few years to empower families to develop healthy digital habits, including weekly activity reports – sent to both parent and child as a great opportunity to foster a dialog – content filters, device screen time, spending limits, child location and Xbox privacy and online safety settings.
Check out Xbox Wire for more information. We hope you will give this new feature a try and let us know what you think so we can continue to build experiences and tools that meet the needs of today’s families. (Go to any of the family web pages and click on Feedback in the bottom right.)