Windows 10 19H1 build 18348 brings emoji changes for Fast Ring Insiders

This is quite exceptional, but Microsoft has just released a second 19H1 preview build for Fast Ring Insiders today following the release of the build 18346 on Tuesday. The fresh new 19H1 build 18348 brings the same emoji 12.0 changes that shipped to Skip Ahead Insiders with the build 18845 yesterday, along with more bug fixes.

The Windows 10 19H1 update will support the emoji 12.0 update that was finalized by the Unicode organization earlier this month, and after installing the build 18348 you’ll be able to easily find the brand new emojis by pressing WIN+(period) or WIN+(semicolon) and then using keywords like otter, sloth, waffle, ballet shoes, and more.

That’s the only new feature in this build, but the list of bug fixes is quite interesting with improvements for the Start menu, Microsoft Edge, and Windows Sandbox. You can check the full list below:

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • We’ve made some adjustments to improve WIN+(period) reliability.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in the Start menu not launching if the GPO to turn off the all apps list in Start was enabled.
  • We fixed an issue where the default Microsoft Word web tile pinned to Start (in the case where Office wasn’t installed) was unexpectedly launching Microsoft Edge in inPrivate mode.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Microsoft Edge sometimes crashing when editing or tabbing through PDFs.
  • We’ve made a change to improve cloud clipboard (if enabled) sync reliability.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in the lock screen unexpectedly not dismissing until Ctrl+Alt+Del was pressed.
  • We fixed an issue where if high contrast mode was enabled during Windows setup, that state wouldn’t persist first logon.
  • Note: We’re rolling back the new Settings header from 100% to 50% of Insiders on Home and non-domain joined Pro edition PCs. This is so we can have a side by side comparison to help evaluate quality in both on and off state. We’ll let you know when the rollout increases again.
  • We fixed an issue where Narrator continuous reading in Edge did not keep the text cursor at the position where reading was started from.
  • We fixed an issue where Narrator Scan mode down arrow navigation might get stuck when reading in Chrome.
  • In Windows Sandbox, Settings app no longer crashes when you navigate to the Narrator settings.

Known issues

  • Launching games that use anti-cheat software may trigger a bugcheck (GSOD).
  • Creative X-Fi sound cards are not functioning properly. We are partnering with Creative to resolve this issue.
  • We’re continuing to investigate reported issues in the night light space.
  • Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. We are investigating the issue.
  • Mouse pointer color might be incorrectly switched to white after signing out and signing back in.
  • If you use third party apps to adjust the color of your screen, we’ve made a fix with this build to address feedback that certain apps were no longer working. We’re continuing to investigate feedback in this space.
  • For display calibration scenarios, monitors may be missing in the built-in Color Management application. As a work around, please use the Settings app to select color profile instead, under the Display Settings page.
  • We’re investigating reports of the Chinese version of multiple games not working.
  • We’re investigating an issue where region settings are being reset on upgrade for some Insiders.
  • The initial wave of fixes regarding f.flux and associated applications have begun appearing in the builds. Give them a try and let us know the progress we’re making.

Known issues for Developers

  • If you install any of the recent builds from the Fast ring and switch to the Slow ring, optional content such as enabling developer mode will fail. You will have to remain in the Fast ring to add/install/enable optional content. This is because optional content will only install on builds approved for specific rings.

This has been a pretty busy week for the Windows Insider overall with two Fast Ring flights, a first 19H1 build for the Slow Ring, and a new 20H1 build for Skip Ahead Insiders. We expect Microsoft to finish the 19H1 update later this month, so get ready for more minor updates in the coming days. If you’re a developer, Microsoft also released the Windows 10 SDK Preview build 18342 this week.

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