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Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19013 | Windows Experience Blog

UPDATE 11/1: We have released Build 19013.1000 (KB4528332) to Windows Insiders. This update does not include any changes or fixes.NOTE: If you try to install a Feature On Demand (FOD) while this update is pending and you restart your PC, it will not trigger this update to successfully install. As a workaround, you can pause updates, un-pause updates, and then scan for updates to get out of this state if this happens to you.
Hello Windows Insiders, today we’re releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19013 (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.

More kaomoji
As some of you may know, with Windows 10 version 1903, we updated our WIN+(Period) / WIN+(Semicolon) keyboard shortcut to not only include emoji, but to also now contain kaomoji and special characters. What are kaomoji? Basically, they’re faces with expressions you can make by combining various characters–for example, you might be familiar with the shruggie:
¯_(ツ)_/¯

In any case, based on your feedback, in this build we’re updating our kaomoji list with a few more favorites, including:
ヾ(⌐■_■)ノ♪
ლ(╹◡╹ლ)
(⊙_◎)
( ͡~ ͜ʖ ͡°)
ಠ_ರೃ
(∩^o^)⊃━☆
/ᐠ。ꞈ。ᐟ
And more! Enjoy (❁´◡`❁)
Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) 2 will now release unused Linux memory back to your Windows machine
Previously, your WSL 2 Virtual Machine’s (VM) memory would grow to meet the needs of your workflow, but would not shrink back down when the memory was no longer needed.  With this change, as memory is no longer in use in the Linux VM, it will be freed back to Windows, which will shrink in memory size accordingly.

PowerToys v0.12 now available!
We’ve just released our 0.12 release of PowerToys on GitHub. We’ve gotten tons of great feedback and suggestions from the community and want to directly say thank you to everyone.
New features include a great new utility called PowerRename, which makes it easy to batch rename a bunch of files, improvements to FancyZones, and support for Dark Mode.

Check out our latest article for all the details.
Your Phone app–Elevating the Phone screen feature by removing its dependency on Bluetooth connection
Windows Insiders, we heard your feedback about the Phone screen feature’s dependency on Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity. To address your feedback, we partnered closely with Samsung to bring you a more streamlined experience across all Windows 10 PCs by removing the peripheral role dependency for Phone screen, which will expand the overall reach of this feature.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 was the first device to introduce this feature in August. After a positive response, we’ve recently enabled this feature across Samsung Galaxy Fold, S10, S10+, and S10e smartphones. You’ll need to update your supported Samsung devices with the recent software update that enables the ‘Link to Windows’ feature. To continue offering this experience to other smartphones, we’re expanding this feature support to Samsung Galaxy A30s, A50s, and A90 smartphones, and we’ll continue to add additional devices in the coming months.
With the new experience rolling out, we’ll be removing the Bluetooth connectivity option, effective immediately. If you were previously enjoying Phone screen over Bluetooth and you have a phone model that doesn’t yet support Link to Windows, the Phone screen node will disappear automatically within the Your Phone app. We recommend that you unpair your devices by going to the Bluetooth settings on both your PC and your Android phone, so that you don’t have a connection that is no longer in use.
Thank you for helping us refine the Phone screen experience so far!
Phone screen requirements:
Select Android phones running Android 9.0 or greater
PC running Windows 10 October 2018 Update or later
Android phone must be on and connected to the same network as the PC
You will need a supported device to use this feature:
Samsung Galaxy Fold
Samsung Galaxy Note 10/ Note 10+
Samsung Galaxy S10/S10+/S10e
Samsung Galaxy A30s/A50s/A90

Refer to the Your Phone FAQs for additional information.
Preview new DirectX 12 features
In the latest 20H1 builds, you can preview new DirectX 12 features, including DirectX Raytracing tier 1.1, Mesh Shader, and Sampler Feedback. In this blog post, the DirectX Team explains what each of these features are and how they will improve the gaming experience in Windows 10!

We fixed an issue resulting in frames being skipped, starting with Build 19002, when running games and videos fullscreen.
We fixed an issue where initiating “Reset this PC” with the cloud download option wasn’t working when started from Windows RE.
We fixed an issue resulting in preinstalled apps (like Calculator) and other UWP apps being missing from the Apps & Features page in Settings.
We appreciate your patience while we worked on our sync engine. As of this build, wallpaper and theme syncing is now up and running again.
We fixed an issue resulting in Wi-Fi unexpectedly resetting (turning off and back on) frequently in recent flights.
We fixed an issue where Wi-Fi Settings might get stuck saying Connecting, even though the network flyout (correctly) indicated that you were Connected.
We fixed an issue where an update being temporarily suspended would result in an 0xc19001e1 error being displayed in Windows Update history.
We fixed an issue resulting in the “Open location” search result option not working if the search result was a folder.
We fixed an issue where if you moved Cortana’s window to certain places on your screen, and then closed the window, the minimize animation wouldn’t go towards Cortana’s icon on the taskbar.
We fixed an issue resulting in File Explorer not rendering correctly sometimes when using multiple monitors with different DPIs on the previous flight.
We fixed an issue where you could get into a state where it wasn’t possible to set focus to File Explorer’s search box in order to type your query.
We fixed an issue that could result in the app thumbnail disappearing when you right clicked it in Task View.
We fixed an issue that could result in the Send Message button in certain notifications not being visible when using High Contrast White.
We fixed an issue where the notification following WIN+Shift+S might have a blank space for the screenshot (rather than actually displaying the screenshot).
We fixed an issue resulting in Resource Manager unexpectedly not showing any disk activity.
We fixed an issue where, if you called SUBST with a path ending with a it would give a Path not found error.
We fixed a memory leak with running apps that repeatedly sent calls to adjust gamma.
Some of you have reached out about when trying to shutdown, seeing a message saying that an app named “G” was preventing shutdown. We investigated and found an issue where windows related to GDI+were only referenced as “G.” We’ve fixed this, so going forward, these will now have the name “GDI+ Window ()”, where will show the .exe name of the app using GDI+.
We fixed an issue resulting in speechruntime.exe using an unexpectedly high amount of CPU on the previous flight.
We fixed an issue resulting in Bluetooth devices potentially not reconnecting as expected after closing then reopening the device lid for certain devices.
We fixed an issue resulting in the Surface Dial not scrolling in recent builds if you switched to something like zoom and then back to scrolling.
Thank you Insiders who shared feedback about the 2-in-1 convertible tablet experience improvements we discussed here. For the time being, we’re returning to the current experience in retail.
We fixed an issue where Narrator would sometime report focus as the page instead of reporting the actual focused control within Chrome.
We fixed an issue where Narrator would not automatically start reading the Narrator user guide webpage and the YouTube webpage.
We corrected Narrator’s “Next Table” command so that it would work in Excel.
We fixed an issue where the text cursor indicator was visible on top of the lock screen background picture.
We fixed an issue where the text cursor indicator preview wasn’t displaying correctly in Settings when using dark theme.
We fixed an issue where when using dark theme, the hardware keyboard text prediction candidate window was unreadable due to black text on a dark grey background.
We fixed an issue that could result in the touch keyboard flickering when inputting emoji.
We fixed an issue where English punctuations were outputted when using the Chinese Pinyin and Wubi IMEs, even if input mode was set to Chinese under the default IME settings. Thanks for your feedback.
We’ve fixed an issue where the character width of alphanumeric characters when using the Traditional Chinese Bopomofo IME would change from half width to full width unexpectedly in some input fields. Thanks for reporting it! If you feel this issue hasn’t been fully addressed in the new version of Bopomofo IME, please let us know your feedback.
We’ve fixed an issue where after successfully updating to a new build, the Windows Update Settings page may have shown the same build needed to be installed.
We’ve fixed an issue where Optional drivers were failing to install.

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.
If you use remote desktop connection and the target PC is on this build, within about an hour (if not sooner), DWM may start crashing, and the session window will either go totally black, experience black flashes, or you may get signed out of the remote desktop session altogether. We appreciate your patience.
[ADDED] A small subset of Insiders are reporting the Settings app hangs or crashes when accessing the System or Ease of Access sections. We’ve identified the cause, which is related to display settings, and are working on a fix for a future flight. As a workaround, launch Settings and then search for the setting you’d like to adjust. Any display-related setting can’t be adjusted until a fix is made available. Thank you to the Insiders who reported this.

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Announcing Windows Server vNext Insider Preview Build 19008 | 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 edition.

Windows Server Core Container Images Are 20% Smaller
In what should be a significant win for any workflow that pulls Windows containers images, the download size of the Windows Server Core container Insider image has been reduced by 20%. This has been achieved by optimizing the set of .NET pre-compiled native images included in the Server Core container image. If you are using .NET Framework with Windows containers, including Windows PowerShell, use a .NET Framework image, which will include additional .NET pre-compiled native images to maintain performance for those scenarios, while also benefiting from a reduced size.

Windows Server vNext Semi-Annual Preview Build 19008 The Server Core Edition is available in the 18 supported Server languages in ISO format and in VHDX format in English only.
Matching Windows Server Core App Compatibility FoD Preview
Matching Windows Server Language Packs

Windows Admin Center Preview 1909
Symbols are available on the public symbol server – see Update on Microsoft’s Symbol Server blog post and Using the Microsoft Symbol Server.
Containers: For more information about how to obtain and install Windows Server containers and Insider builds, click here. Quick start information, here.
Keys: 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
The 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.

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

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19008 | Windows Experience Blog

UPDATE 10/24: We have released Build 19008.1000 which is a Cumulative Update with no major changes. We are trying out our servicing pipeline on 20H1 builds.Hello Windows Insiders, today we’re releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19008 (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.

For Insiders that were experiencing their PCs getting stuck on restart and shutdown on Builds 18999-19002: A fix for this was included with the update to Build 19002.1002, but in case you didn’t see it, including a note here too. If you didn’t install Build 19002.1002, you may need to use the workaround in order to upgrade to this build.
We fixed an issue where, when optional updates were available, Insiders with the Settings header might see the Windows Update indicator in a warning state, although the main page of Windows Update Settings showed that everything is up to date.
We fixed an issue resulting in sometimes not being able to bring Settings back up after minimizing the window.
We’ve done some work to improve the launch speed of the taskbar jump lists.

We fixed an issue resulting in the Program Compatibility Assistant popping up with null entries for some Insiders after upgrade.

We fixed an issue resulting in Windows Hello unexpectedly showing an error message periodically saying “Can’t turn camera on” on recent builds.
We cleaned up some UI in the Mouse pointer settings in Ease of Access.
We fixed a bug in Narrator where Narrator was not reading link text in the proper language in the Chrome Browser.

[ADDED] We fixed an issue with the main page of Windows Security where if you hovered over the categories, the background color of the square around the icon didn’t match the background color of the rest of the category.

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’re investigating an issue where initiating “Reset this PC” with the cloud download option isn’t working on this build or the previous one when started from Windows RE.
We’ve heard that Settings still isn’t available outside of launching via the URI (ms-settings:) for some Insiders and are investigating.
When using dark theme, the hardware keyboard text prediction candidate window is unreadable due to black text on a dark grey background.
Bluetooth devices may not reconnect as expected after closing the device lid for certain devices. We’re working on a fix, but in the meantime, you can toggle Bluetooth off and back on in the Settings app or reboot the device and that should resolve the issue.
Some Insiders are still reporting that after successfully updating to a new build, the Windows Update Settings page may show the same build needs to install. You can verify the build was successfully installed by checking the build number in the corner of the screen or going to Win + R, typing winver, and confirming the build number. We’re investigating this issue.
Some Insiders are still reporting that when viewing Optional drivers in the new section on the Windows Update page, there may be older drivers showing as available for download. If accepted, they will attempt to install and fail to do so. We’re investigating this issue.
[ADDED] We’re investigating reports of frames being skipped, starting with Build 19002, when running games and videos fullscreen.
[ADDED] Preinstalled apps (like Calculator) are missing from the Apps & Features page in Settings.
[ADDED] If you use remote desktop connection and the target PC is on this build, within about an hour (if not sooner), DWM may start crashing, and the session window will either go totally black, experience black flashes, or you may get signed out of the remote desktop session altogether.

Another Windows Insider Program 5th Anniversary surprise is coming soon for our Windows Insiders, but you have to be flighting to receive it. Start flighting by October 31st to earn your next badge!

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Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19002 | Windows Experience Blog

UPDATE 10/18: We have released 20H1 Build 19002.1002, which includes a fix for the issue causing some devices to get stuck during shutdown or restart.Hello Windows Insiders, today we’re releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19002 (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.

Update on improving your Bluetooth Experience
With Build 18985 we announced we were working on improving our streamlined workflow for pairing your Bluetooth devices. We’re happy to share that this change is now rolling out to 100% of Insiders–thank you to those that have already tried it and shared feedback!

We also wanted to add two new peripherals to our supported device list:

We fixed an issue that could result in upgrades failing with error 0x8007042b.
We fixed an issue resulting in the acrylic effect in the Action Center only appearing after the Action Center opening animation had finished.
We fixed an issue where with multiple monitors and different DPIs, the File Explorer search box could become enlarged and offset.
We fixed an issue with the search indexer resulting in unexpected files being returned as search results when searching using French (France).
We fixed an issue for Japanese users where the user name in the Settings header wasn’t displayed in the correct order.
We fixed an issue resulting in clipboard history, WIN+(Period), and the touch keyboard displaying English text when being used with non-English display languages.
We fixed a rare condition that could result in devices not reconnecting after toggling Bluetooth off and back on.
We fixed an issue resulting in the VPN sometimes not automatically connecting after waking your device from sleep.
We fixed an issue that could result in the brightness getting stuck at 0 or 100% and requiring a reboot before it could be changed.
Text cursor indicator works better in more experiences (e.g. Word, Run dialog, Outlook) now.
The Magnifier centered text cursor option should now work correctly when switching Magnifier modes.
We fixed the mouse pointer visual when using the Magnifier docked mode.
We fixed a bug where Narrator was not saying the state of Scan mode when Edge was opened or closed.
We fixed a bug in Narrator where Narrator sometimes say password twice when focus was in a password edit field.
We fixed a bug in Narrator where scan mode was getting stuck in edit fields in Firefox.
We’ve made some general improvements and bug fixes for the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), please see the WSL release notes for details.
If you were one of the Insiders experiencing frequent explorer.exe crashes recently, please go to the Microsoft Store and check for Xbox game bar app updates (specifically version 3.34.4xx should have the fix). If you’re on this app version and still seeing explorer.exe crashes, please file feedback and we will investigate.
Just a heads up that we’re expanding the rollout of the Settings header to more Insiders, so it may now appear for you when it hadn’t before. As always, we welcome feedback about Settings – in the Feedback Hub you can share it under Desktop Environment > Settings.
[ADDED] For devices that were affected by the Dual Scan issue fixed in Build 18999, you will need to disable WSUS on the device or update from an ISO of Build 18999 or higher, which will be released in the coming weeks.

We’re working on a fix for an issue that started with the previous flight where some devices are getting stuck during shutdown or restart and appreciate your patience. If you’re impacted by this issue, please see this forum post for workaround options.
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.
We’re investigating an issue where initiating “Reset this PC” with the cloud download option isn’t working on this build or the previous one when started from Windows RE.
We’ve heard that Settings still isn’t available outside of launching via the URI (ms-settings:) for some Insiders and are investigating.
When using dark theme, the hardware keyboard text prediction candidate window is unreadable due to black text on a dark grey background.
When optional updates are available, Insiders with the Settings header may see the Windows Update indicator in a warning state, although the main page of Windows Update Settings shows that everything is up to date.
Bluetooth devices may not reconnect as expected after closing the device lid for certain devices. We’re working on a fix, but in the meantime, you can toggle Bluetooth off and back on in the Settings app or reboot the device and that should resolve the issue.

See if you topped our lists on the new September 2019 Windows Insider Leaderboard, and try to make next month’s by giving us feedback for new builds, getting upvotes on your feedback, and completing quests through the Feedback Hub!
Learn more about how you can be on the Leaderboard.

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Shout out to the Windows Insider Cadenzza on Twitter who is lucky we released Build 19002 today instead of Build 19001, so he doesn’t have to delete his computer. We’re not sure how one deletes an entire computer, but we’re happy he doesn’t have to do this.

If you do that I’ll delete my computer pic.twitter.com/GG3sUbUAQU
— Cadenzza (@cadenzza_) October 8, 2019

Thanks,BLB

Getting the November 2019 Update Ready for Release | Windows Experience Blog

Hello Windows Insiders!We are now getting the Windows 10 November 2019 Update (19H2) ready for release. We believe that Build 18363.418 is the final build and we will continue to improve the overall experience of 19H2 on customers’ PCs as part of our normal servicing cadence. Build 18363.418 includes all of the latest 19H2 features as well as the latest fixes included as part of KB4517389. Windows Insiders in the Release Preview ring already have this build, so no action is needed from them to get this build.
As we have communicated previously, the May 2019 Update (version 1903) and November 2019 Update (version 1909) share the same servicing content. That means they share the same Cumulative Update packages. For customers who were given the option to install 19H2, an enablement package is downloaded from Windows Update that turns on the November 2019 Update features. This changes the build number for the OS from Build 18362 to Build 18363. Because they use the same servicing content, the build revision number (the number that comes after the dot) will always match between May 2019 Update and November 2019 Update. Today, customers on the May 2019 Update have Build 18362.418 but Windows Insiders on the November 2019 Update have Build 18363.418.

With the Windows 10 November 2019 Update now being finalized, we are planning to move Windows Insiders in the Slow ring forward to 20H1. We are looking to make this change in the coming weeks. Now is the time for you to verify your desired Windows Insider Program settings by going to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program to ensure you are on the ring you want to be on before this change occurs. If you are an Insider who wishes to remain on the November 2019 Update – you will want to switch to the Release Preview ring. In the coming weeks, we plan to move Insiders who are on Build 18362.100xxx forward to the final November 2019 Update build.
NOTE: If you move from the Slow ring to the Release Preview ring today and are on Build 18362.100xx you will NOT be offered Build 18363.418 yet. As mentioned above, we will move you forward in the coming weeks. 

For those who are not already on the Release Preview ring – you can get the November 2019 Update today by joining the Windows Insider Program with your Microsoft account (MSA) or Azure Active Directory account and joining your PC to the Release Preview using the following steps.
Step 1: Go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program and click the “Get started” button.

Step 2: Link your Microsoft account or Azure Active Directory account. This is the email account you used to register for the Windows Insider Program.

Step 3: Choose “Just fixes, apps, and drivers” to join the Release Preview ring and get the November 2019 Update.

Step 4: Confirm the legal stuff.

Step 5: Press “Restart Now” to ensure your PC is now in the Release Preview ring. Without restarting your PC, your PC won’t be fully be joined. A restart is required.

Step 6: After rebooting your PC, double-check your Windows Insider Program settings via Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program and make sure it shows “Release Preview” under “What pace do you want to get new builds?”.

Step 7: If you go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and press the “Check for updates” button – your PC should receive the November 2019 Update.
Once your PC is on the November 2019 Update, we will continue to release Cumulative Updates as you normally would that improve your experience.
Thanks,BLB

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 
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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!
If you want to be among the first to learn about these Bing features, join our Bing Insiders Program. 
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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.
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Releasing the May 2019 Update to the Release Preview ring | Windows Experience Blog

Hello Windows Insiders,
Last week, we announced how we are improving the Windows 10 update experience with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update in a blog post from Mike Fortin. As part of that blog post, Mike outlined how we plan to deploy the May 2019 Update to customers. Right now, the May 2019 Update (Build 18362.30) is being rolled out to the Release Preview ring starting with seekers. The May 2019 Update will remain in the Release Preview ring for an increased amount of time in order give us additional time and signals to detect any issues before broader deployment.

With the Windows 10 May 2019 Update being rolled out to the Release Preview ring today, we’re planning to move Windows Insiders in the Fast ring forward to 20H1. We will also be merging the small group of Insiders who opted-in to Skip Ahead back into the Fast ring. We are looking to make this change in the coming weeks. Now is the time for you to verify your desired Windows Insider Program settings by going to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program to ensure you’re on the ring you want to be on before this change occurs. If you are an Insider who wishes to remain on the May 2019 Update – you will want to switch to the Slow or Release Preview rings.
IMPORTANT NOTE: 20H1 builds are from our development branch (RS_PRERELEASE) and as is normal with builds early in the development cycle, these builds may contain bugs that might be painful for some. If you are in the Fast ring and your PC gets updated to 20H1, you won’t be able to switch your ring to the Slow or Release Preview rings without doing a clean-install on your PC and starting over.
We will begin releasing 19H2 bits to Insiders later this spring and will talk more about what that will look like in the near future.

For those who are not already in the Slow and Release Preview rings – you can get the May 2019 Update today by joining the Windows Insider Program with your Microsoft account (MSA) or Azure Active Directory account and joining your PC to the Release Preview using the following steps.
Step 1: Go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program and click the “Get started” button.

Step 2: Link your Microsoft account or Azure Active Directory account. This is the email account you used to register for the Windows Insider Program.

Step 3: Choose “Just fixes, apps, and drivers” to join the Release Preview ring and get the May 2019 Update.

Step 4: Confirm the legal stuff.

Step 5: Press “Restart Now” to ensure your PC is now in the Release Preview ring. Without restarting your PC, your PC won’t be fully be joined. A restart is required.

Step 6: After rebooting your PC, double-check your Windows Insider Program settings via Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program and make sure it shows “Release Preview” under “What pace do you want to get new builds?”.

Step 7: If you go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and press the “Check for updates” button – your PC should receive the May 2019 Update.
Once your PC is on the May 2019 Update, we will continue to release Cumulative Updates over the coming weeks that improves your experience.
Thanks,BLB