Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19018 | Windows Experience Blog

Hello Windows Insiders, today we’re releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19018 (20H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.Starting today, Windows Insiders who have opted into Skip Ahead are being migrated back into the Fast ring. This means that Skip Ahead will no longer be reflected under Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program. Going forward, we will not be offering Skip Ahead as an option for Insiders to sign-up for. Our goal is to provide everyone in the Fast ring the freshest builds at the same time.
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.

Quick searches now in Search Home
To help you find the info that matters even faster, we’ve added four quick web searches to your Search Home:
Weather: Get current conditions and the upcoming forecast
Top news: Read the latest headlines from popular news sites
Today in history: Explore four events that happened on this day
New movies: Find out what’s playing in theaters near you

To preview these web answers and results, select the search box to open Search Home, then choose one of the quick search buttons. Need quick answers about other topics or searches? Just enter a query into the search box for quick results about almost everything.
Let us know what you think about quick searches and how you would like to see them evolve.
Note: This is a server-side change that’s currently rolling out and will appear for users across builds from version 1809 to 20H1. Currently, quick searches are only available in the US, but will be available soon internationally.
Updated design for web preview in search results
We have made a few small tweaks to how it looks–here’s what you’ll see now:

For Insiders that did not take the Cumulative Update to Build 19013, just a note that this build (like that update), also includes the fix for the issue resulting in black screens and disconnects over remote desktop in the last couple of flights.
We’ve fixed an issue where the Settings app was hanging or crashing when accessing the System or Ease of Access sections.
We fixed an issue where if a new account profile picture synced down from the cloud, your old one might not be listed in the picture history in Accounts Settings.
We fixed an issue where Windows Update history might show an update having failed with error 0x80240017 even though the update had actually succeeded.
We fixed an issue that could result in Search sometimes not rendering in the enter space available within the Search window.
We fixed an issue that could result in exe using an unexpectedly high amount of CPU when your device was unplugged in recent builds.
We fixed an issue that could result in Cortana not responding to Hey Cortana.
We fixed an issue that could result in Cortana not being visible in the taskbar right after upgrading, or being visible but not working, until you restarted your PC.
We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to keep the Shift key pressed in order to type capital letters in certain languages recently when typing with the onehanded touch keyboard.
As some Insiders know, a few releases ago we announced a new keyboard shortcut (WIN + Ctrl + Shift + B) in order to help troubleshoot black screens. With today’s build, in this vein, we’re announcing a new keyboard shortcut (WIN + Ctrl + Shift + L) to help investigate issues with the login screen. Simply press the keyboard shortcut while your PC is locked, reproduce your issue, and then press the keyboard short again–a reference number will be displayed that you can share when reporting your issue. Please note, currently this is only supported for local sessions that have connected to the network and power, and for whom Diagnostic Data is set to Full.
Narrator no longer announces changes in fonts when they have not changed.
We updated Narrator’s autocorrect sound to be more consistent with the editing experience.
We improved Narrator’s navigation and reading experience within Chrome.
We’ve improved the Outlook experience with Magnifier when Magnifier is set to track the text cursor in the center of the screen. Arrowing up and down in a list of emails will no longer force the viewport to the left of the list of messages.

BattlEye and Microsoft have found incompatibility issues due to changes in the operating system between some Insider Preview builds and certain versions of BattlEye anti-cheat software. To safeguard Insiders who might have these versions installed on their PC, we have applied a compatibility hold on these devices from being offered affected builds of Windows Insider Preview. See this article for details.
We’ve heard that Settings still isn’t available outside of launching via the URI (ms-settings:) for some Insiders and are investigating.
Some Insiders are reporting that after successfully installing printer drivers from the Optional Updates section, the same driver is still showing as available for install. We’re looking into the issue.
If this build attempts to download an install before you have completed the first login of a prior install (such as Build 19013), you will experience a 2-hour window before you can install this new build.
[ADDED] Based on feedback, we’ve decided to remove the downloads folder from disk cleanup.
[ADDED] We’re investigating reports that certain fingerprint readers are no longer working as of Build 19013. If you’re impacted, for now you’ll need to log in with a password instead–appreciate your patience.

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The Big Announcements from Microsoft Ignite 2019

Yesterday wrapped up Day 1 of the 2019 Microsoft Ignite event. As always there was no shortage of announcements for IT professionals of all walks of life. In this blog post we’re going to talk about some of the bigger announcements that have impacts in the infrastructure space, as well as office services as well. So let’s dive in!

Azure Arc

There is no doubt that Azure Arc was the headline of the show for many attendees. In short, Azure Arc is designed to be a control plane for Multi-Cloud / Multi-Edge Deployments. Meaning, single-pane-of-glass management for all computing resources regardless of where they live. Many organizations have compute resources in many locations, including on-premises, Azure, other cloud environments…etc..etc, and the big challenge has always been maintaining effective management of these disparate systems. Azure Arc is designed to address this issue.

With Azure Arc, your on-premises resources actually appear in the Azure Console and can be managed in much the same way as you would manage a VM running in Azure. The on-prem resources could then be integrated with Azure services such as Log Analytics and Azure Policies. Additionally, as a demo during the Azure technical keynote, an instance of the Azure SQL DB service was actually pushed down to one of the on-premises VMs, just as if it was another Azure resource!

If you’d like more details on this feature, we’ll be putting together some content in the near future. In the meantime check out the video below that’s been put out by the Azure Advocacy Team.

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Project Cortex

Another noteworthy announcement from the keynotes today was Project Cortex. The stated goal of Project Cortex is to take all of the data that resides in an organization’s Office 365 tenant and create usable knowledge out of it by leveraging AI. For example, you set a meeting with a co-worker. This feature would see that you’ve set a meeting with your co-worker and would do things like show you the last couple of documents you shared with that person. Or, another example would be topic centers and knowledge centers. These assets are automatically created and updated by AI and present applicable information to people in various office applications. The whole goal is to more readily present the information you need when you need it. More preliminary information on Project Cortex can be found here.

Azure Quantum

A year or two back at a previous Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft showed off some enhancements in the realm of quantum computing. If you follow the news in quantum computing, you likely know that it’s a radically different computing model and will fundamentally alter the tech scene. Azure Quantum is a collection of quantum services from Microsoft and a number of other vendors that is designed to enable open access to quantum resources. The other thing regarding this service that’s nice to see is that it’s being done with openness in mind. Open source is a key design decision and will help benefit everyone involved in bringing quantum computing to the masses in the coming years.

If you’re interested in finding out a bit more about these new features, Microsoft has a website now setup for Azure Quantum here.

Additional Options for the Intelligent Edge and Azure Stack

As you likely know from previous years, Azure Stack was designed to bring a purpose-built appliance with Azure services to your datacenter. It’s seen widespread adoption since its release, especially in the enterprise and service provider space. However, Microsoft sees edge use cases (think branch offices and remote locations) as a key area where Azure stack can be leveraged extensively. With this in mind, Microsoft has created several different variants of Azure Stack for a vast swath of compute use cases. These use-cases ranged from branch office retail stores with a small Azure Stack Edge Device in their building, to search and rescue teams needing to process drone data, from “Ruggedized” Azure Stack instances in their backpacks!

We’ll be talking more about Azure Stack in the coming weeks and months, but if you’re interested in more information regarding how all these options fit together, Microsoft has updated its Azure Stack product site with many of these new offerings.

Interview with Jeffery Snover

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Further Information

The announcements mentioned here are simply the tip of the iceberg. There were several other smaller announcements that came out of Microsoft today, including things like new VM sizes in Azure IaaS, a new Performance Monitor application, and GA of Windows Admin Center 1910. We’ll be bringing you updated information on these topics as the week progresses, and also be on the lookout for blogs on each of these areas on the Altaro blogs in the near future!

Stay tuned for more information!

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