Windows 10 Insider Release Preview Channel gets a new build – download 19044.1618 now

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Microsoft has just released a new Release Preview channel build for Windows 10 Insiders, this one version 19044.1618. Unlike some release preview builds, this one comes with at least one significant update, as it includes Search Highlights. This new feature, introduced last week to Windows 11 Insiders, provides a more robust version of the taskbar search experience, and includes recent searches, trends, and featured searches in a new visually appealing presentation:

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Search Highlights will begin to roll out to Windows 10 Insiders in the Release Preview channel with a “phased and measured approach,” and broad availability is said to be coming in the coming months.

Build 19044.1618 includes two new improvements:

  • New! We provided the ability to change the color of toast buttons to identify success and critical scenarios more easily for apps that send notifications using Windows notifications in the OS. This feature also makes notifications more visually compact.
  • New! We added a new policy that expands an app’s top three notifications by default in the Action Center for apps that send notifications using Windows notifications in the OS. This feature displays multiple notifications that you can interact with simultaneously.

The build also includes a long list of fixes, including:

  • We fixed an issue that causes searchindexer.exe to stop responding during a dismount operation in the Remote Desktop setup environment.
  • We fixed an issue that affects searchindexer.exe and prevents Microsoft Outlook’s offline search from returning recent emails.
  • We fixed an issue that might prevent a DNS Server query resolution policy from working as expected when you specify a fully qualified domain name (FQDN) and subnet conditions.
  • We fixed an issue that might unintentionally add a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) protector when you use the Silent BitLocker enablement policy.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents Android device users from signing in to some Microsoft applications, such as Microsoft Outlook or Microsoft Teams. This issue occurs after rolling over token signing and decrypting certificates, resetting a user’s password, or when an administrator has revoked refresh tokens.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents the Back button of the credentials window, where you sign in, from being visible in high contrast black mode.

For a full list of the fixes, check out the Windows Insider blog post.