Today’s Windows 10 Insider Preview build release may be as close to an official release as Insiders are gonna get to a Fall Update.
Preview build 19030 (20H1) is being rolled out to Fast Ring Insiders as we speak and as many release builds before it, today’s release appears to be more about general fixes than feature add or even known issues.
Perhaps the three stand out items from the release include updates to Cortana (beta), new feedback badges honoring the anniversary of the Insider program and that this preview has removed its traditional Insider watermark, seemingly signifying that the Windows team could be putting the wraps on the 20H1 development branch.
Other updates for Insiders
Cortana on Windows (Beta)–Now with more productivity!
Earlier this week, we rolled out some changes to Cortana on Windows for Insiders in the Fast ring. As part of evolving Cortana from a general digital assistant to a personal productivity assistant that helps you in the Microsoft 365 apps, we’ve made several changes that will give you a glimpse into how your assistant will help you manage tasks and time and connect with people. Read more about these changes.
General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC
- The build watermark at the lower right-hand corner of the desktop is no longer present in this build. This doesn’t mean we’re done…
- We fixed an issue where if you started to reset your MSA pin from the sign-in screen and left it without interacting with it for some time, it would result in a black screen, requiring a reboot to recover.
- We fixed an issue that could result in night light settings getting lost on the primary monitor when the system is connected/disconnected from a secondary monitor.
- We fixed an issue that could result in an out of memory message when watching a long HEVC video.
- We fixed an issue resulting in certain apps not fully filling the screen when maximized in recent builds.
- 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 looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build.
- 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.
- We’re looking into reports of certain external USB 3.0 drives not responding with Start Code 10 or 38 after they’re attached.
Anniversary badges are here!
As a small way to show our appreciation for your participation in the program over the years, we’ve released new fifth anniversary badges for our active Insiders in all rings. Learn more about the criteria we used to award these badges.
You can view new badges by visiting Feedback Hub > Profile > Achievements. We would also love to see you share these new badges on social with the hashtag #WIPTurns5.
Aside from the watermark removal, it can also be inferred of the Windows team’s confidence in the development process as this build comes right before a major US holiday weekend where much of the team will be out of the office if the release were to hit any snags during rollout.