Microsoft restarts new tablet experience testing in Windows 10 preview build 19592

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Email Twitter: @LaurentGiret Mar 25th, 2020 inNews

Microsoft has just announced the release of Windows 10 preview build 19592.1001 for Fast Ring Insiders, which is the first Insider flight under the new leadership from Microsoft veteran Amanda Langowski. Starting with this new build, Microsoft is testing again the new tablet experience for 2-in-1 PCs that was first introduced in the 20H1 build 18970 back in August 2019, before disappearing later in the build 19013.

“After some refinement, we’re reintroducing it to Windows Insiders in this build and plan to deliver this experience to customers in a future Windows 10 update,” the Windows Insider team said today. To be clear, this new tablet experience is not a replacement for the existing Windows 10 Tablet Mode. Instead, Microsoft is working on improving the regular desktop mode for users with 2-in-1 PCs entering tablet posture.

The minor changes in this new tablet experience for 2-in-1s include a collapsed search icon on the bottom left corner, increased spacing between Taskbar icons, more padding for File Explorer elements, as well as a touch keyboard that auto invokes when you tap a text field.

Please note that this new tablet posture improvements will be rolling out gradually, starting with select Insiders that have never detached their keyboard before, or have their tablet mode settings set to Don’t ask me and don’t switch. The Windows Insider team added that it will also possible to customize the experience by going to checking Tablet settings in Settings > System.

In addition to these tablet posture improvements for 2-in-1 PCs, the build 19592 also improves the Windows Search Platform Indexer to make it more efficient, and there are also bug fixes for Windows Update, the Settings app, the Windows 10 taskbar, and more. You can check out the full list of fixes and known issues below:

Fixes

  • We’ve fixed the issue causing ARM devices to receive a bugcheck and have removed the block with this build.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in the Optional Features page in Settings appearing blank.
  • We’ve fixed an issue where, when running corruption repair (DISM), the process stopped at 84.9%.
  • We fixed an issue where, after successfully completing installation of an update and rebooting the device, the Start menu Shutdown button still showed Update and Shutdown and Update and Restart.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in Windows updates failing with error 0x80070003.
  • We fixed an issue that could sometimes result in Settings crashing when pausing updates or the Windows Update settings page not loading.
  • We fixed an issue from the previous flight that was resulting in extra lines appearing in the taskbar jumplist.
  • We fixed in an issue resulting in a black window, with only a mouse being visible to others, when sharing a single app over Microsoft Teams.

Known issues

  • 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 are aware Narrator and NVDA users that seek the latest release of Microsoft Edge based on Chromium may experience some difficulty when navigating and reading certain web content. Narrator, NVDA and the Edge teams are aware of these issues. Users of legacy Microsoft Edge will not be affected. NVAccess has released a NVDA 2019.3 that resolves the known issue with Edge.
  • We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build.
  • Some devices may experience a bugcheck (GSOD) during the reboot to install this update. If this happens, log in, schedule a time for the update to install, and then log off all user profiles before the scheduled install time. The install will then proceed as expected.
  • The Documents section under Privacy has a broken icon (just a rectangle).
  • When trying to use Win + PrtScn to capture a screenshot, the image is not saved to the Screenshots directory. For now, you’ll need to use one of the other options for taking screenshots, such as WIN + Shift + S.
  • Sticky Notes windows can’t be moved. As a workaround, when you set focus to Sticky Notes, press Alt + Space. This will bring up a menu that contains a Move option. Select it, then use either the arrow keys or the mouse to move the window.
  • We’re looking into reports of some Insiders receiving driver compatibility warnings when attempting to update to a newer build in certain virtual environments.

It’s not clear yet if the tablet imposture improvements for 2-in-1s will ship with the next feature update coming after 20H1, but the Windows Insider team does want to hear about your experience when you use touch input on your 2-in-1 tablet without going into Tablet Mode. Again, the latter is here to stay, this is all about improving the desktop experience on Windows 10 for tablet users.

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