Microsoft Releases New Windows 10 19H1 Test Build

Posted on October 31, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 16 Comments

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.”

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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