Microsoft has just released the Windows 10 20H1 build 18950 for Windows Insiders on the Fast Ring, which brings improvements for the new Japanese IME and the Snip & Sketch app. This new build is a minor update overall, but the most interesting bit from the release notes is that Microsoft confirmed that it will soon be possible to reinstall Windows 10 from the cloud, though the feature isn’t live yet in the build 18950
In case you missed it, this Cloud download feature was first mentioned by Twitter user WalkingCat a couple of days ago:
Being able to download Windows 10 from the cloud should make it much easier to reinstall the OS, and it’s worth noting that this is a feature Apple already implemented in recent versions of macOS. The Windows Insider team said today that it will soon announce when Windows Insiders can try this new feature, and we’ll let you know as soon as we get more details. In the meantime, here are the full release notes for the build 18950:
What’s new in Build 18950
Japanese IME Improvements
Thank you everyone who’s shared feedback so far about the new Japanese IME. The development team has been working on improving the quality based on your feedback. Here are some improvements that you can try out in this build:
- Prediction Candidate window key navigation: We fixed an issue where the focus inside prediction candidate window wouldn’t move when using the Up Arrow key.
- Key customization: We’ve improved the discoverability of key assignment settings. Also, based on feedback, we’ve updated the default assigned value of Ctrl + Space to be “None”. Ctrl + Space can still be used for toggling IME-on/off by changing the value through its setting.
Please don’t hesitate to continue sharing your thoughts with us about typing in Windows – our ears are open and we’d love to hear from you.
Other Updates for Insiders
Snip & Sketch improvements headed your way
Thanks everyone who’s shared feedback so far for our updated snipping experience! We really appreciate it and are starting to roll out some more improvements based on what you’ve told us:
- Single window mode: Do you tend to retake snips multiple times in order to get the perfect screenshot? We’re updating the New button to now open new snips in your current app window, so you don’t end up with a ton of open snips (that you then need to close.) If you’d rather keep all snips open in separate windows. the option is now a toggle in settings, so you can decide which mode you prefer.
- Zoom: Need we say more? You can now zoom in on your screenshots if they’re a bit too small for you to annotate on (and yes, CTRL+Plus, CTRL+Minus and Ctrl+Mouse wheel are supported!). We’ll also zoom out to make sure the whole snip fits in the Snip & Sketch window. If you want to see the snip at its original size, click the Zoom button and then “Actual Size”.
- Improving WIN+Shift+S discoverability: You mentioned you loved learning about using WIN+Shift+S to take new snips any time and we thought others would too! If you haven’t taken a snip yet, we’ll now use the canvas space in Snip & Sketch to help you learn how to start a snip without needing to open the app first.
These changes are currently available for a portion of Insiders in the Fast ring as we evaluate the quality before continuing the rollout. Note the rollout for each change mentioned above is being handled separately, with separate random populations in the initial rollout, so seeing one of the changes with app version 10.1907.2064.0 doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll see all three.
General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC
- Insiders may notice some references to “Cloud download” relating to PC reset or refresh. This feature isn’t available and working quite yet. We’ll let you know once it is, so you can try it out!
- We fixed an issue where ctfmon.exe might crash if clicking the input mode indicator in the taskbar to switch the Japanese IME between modes.
- We fixed an issue where pasting from clipboard history (WIN+V) wouldn’t work when using the Bopomofo IME.
- We fixed an issue resulting in hanja conversion not working for the updated Korean IME when typing in certain apps.
- We fixed an issue that could result in the OneNote app intermittently acting as if the Ctrl key was pressed when it wasn’t.
- 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.
- Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. We are investigating the issue.
- Tamper Protection may be turned off in Windows Security after updating to this build. You can turn it back on. In August, Tamper Protection will return to being on by default for all Insiders.
- Occasionally, the candidate selection in prediction candidate window for the Japanese IME doesn’t match with the composition string. We are investigating the issue.
The Windows Insider webcast will also make a comeback on Mixer tomorrow at 2PM PDT, and this episode will have special guests from the FX Amplify team. This should be a good opportunity to learn more about the state of the 19H2 and 20H1 updates, especially since the 20H1 update still seems to get more attention from the Windows Insider team these days.