Microsoft Releases New Windows 10 19H1 Test Build

With an anxious user base still waiting on Microsoft to successfully release the current version of Windows 10, those silly kids in Redmond are still pushing ahead with the next version.

“Today, we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18272 (19H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring,” Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar writes in the announcement post. “As is normal with builds early in the development cycle, builds may contain bugs that might be painful for some.”

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In what I believe is a first, Microsoft is also making ISOs available of this new build. (The firm had generally waited until a build hit the Slow ring to do this in the past, but if often didn’t do that either.) You can find the ISO downloads here.

Notable new features in build 18272 include:

Redesigned sign-in options for Windows Hello. Microsoft has decluttered the options in Settings > Account > Sign-in options into a list.

SwiftKey typing intelligence comes to more languages. It now supports English (Canada), English (India), French (Canada), French (Belgium), French (Switzerland), Portuguese (Portugal), German (Switzerland), and Spanish (United States) too.

Indic Phonetic keyboards. Those who write in an Indic language can now use Indic Phonetic keyboards for Hindi, Bangla, Tamil, Marathi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Odia, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. This is in addition to the Indic Traditional INSCRIPT keyboards that are already available.

Snip & Sketch improvements. This useful screenshotting tool now supports optional borders and printing, and it has a new save options and a real Settings page.

Sticky Notes 3.1. This small update adds Dark Mode support and improved sync.


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  • Cdorf

    Premium Member
    31 October, 2018 - 2:03 pm

    <p>I think they released the ISO because checking for updates online when using WSUS/SCCM caused the settings to crash so for instance I wasn't able to get the last build because of it, and the bug was still present in that build as well.</p><p><br></p><p>Yesterday they did release a new update for 1809 via Slow and RP rings.</p>

  • NoFlames

    31 October, 2018 - 2:06 pm

    <p>As someone that is in the software development field I find it naïve to think that working on the next version can't proceed until the last one is released. There is a huge team of developers that are always working on future improvements, and you can't expect them to stop. This is more about optics than reality. I'm confident that all of the people resources that are needed to get October release finished are working on it. It's not an all hands on deck situation.</p>

    • Scott8846

      Premium Member
      31 October, 2018 - 8:48 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#358835">In reply to NoFlames:</a></em></blockquote><p>Exactly</p><p><br></p><p>I too am kind of tired of hearing people say "Put all the devs on the problem to solve it".</p><p><br></p><p>1st, doubling the number of people working on a specific task won't make it happen twice as fast, kind of in the same way<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> you can't take 9 women to deliver a baby in a month.</span></p><p>In the case of a bug it might help but you experience the effects of <span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">the law of diminishing returns sooner then you might expect.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">So more people don't necessarily solve problems faster</span></p><p><br></p><p>2nd, people at that level are often specialized, so if it's, say, a kernel problem, sending the web guys to work on it won't help either.</p><p><br></p><p>3rd, the devs responsible for the release branch are probably not in the same team as the ones on 19H1 branch. And I'm guessing there is probably another team already working on 19H2 features.</p><p><br></p><p>As far as we know there are not that many show stoppers, but with a codebase that big it might be hard to find the real cause and even when you find it, it might be difficult to solve it without creating side effects that might result in even worse bug down the line.</p><p><br></p><p>So if there are already, say, 5 or 10 guys working on a bug looking at it from various angles, putting 10 or a 100 more probably won't speed things up in any way.</p>

  • chrisrut

    Premium Member
    31 October, 2018 - 5:03 pm

    <p>Needed additions to Snip &amp; Sketch.</p>

  • wright_is

    Premium Member
    01 November, 2018 - 5:40 am

    <p>I hope it is better than SwiftKey on Android, its accuracy rate is attrocious.</p>

  • FalseAgent

    01 November, 2018 - 9:29 am

    <p>they need to work harder on polishing the UI. It's too difficult to decipher hierarchy when it's all black text of just different sizes</p>

  • John Jackson

    01 November, 2018 - 9:51 am

    <p>So the cost of key new features is syphoned off to a new edition – Windows Pro for Workstations – instead of being added to the mainstream. And the cost of basic features is downgraded into a non-functional Windows S edition.</p><p><br></p><p>And the cost of desktop licenses for OFFICE 2019 is increasing to drive us to even more expensive subscription payments.</p><p><br></p><p>And the quality is ?</p><p><br></p><p>Who is this 'Windows As A LOCKED-IN Service' good for?</p>

  • 1armedGeek

    01 November, 2018 - 3:08 pm

    <p>I am looking forward to the (swipey) virtual keyboard in Windows 10 being on par with that of the iPad. I type one-handed and wish I could use my Surface Pro in the same ways I now use my old iPad.</p>

  • utsav

    04 November, 2018 - 11:17 pm

    <p>Thanks for the <a href="; target="_blank">post.</a></p>

  • eddiebale

    06 November, 2018 - 10:25 pm

    <p>Microsoft is also making ISOs available of this new build.</p><p><a href="; target="_blank"></a></p>

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