Windows 10 19H2 Gets New Insider Preview Build

Posted on July 15, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Windows, Windows 10 with 6 Comments

Microsoft is releasing a new build of Windows 10 19H2 to Insiders in the Slow Ring. The company is today rolling out build 18362.10005, with a number of fixes and new features.

The new build includes fixes from the KB4507453 that was rolled out for the Windows 10 May 2019 Update. It also includes some other fixes and new features, including:

  • Windows containers require matched host and container version. This restricts customers and limits Windows containers from supporting mixed-version container pod scenarios This update includes 5 fixes to address this and allow the host to run down-level containers on up-level for process (Argon) isolation.
  • A fix to allow OEMs to reduce the inking latency based on the hardware capabilities of their devices rather than being stuck with latency selected on typical hardware configuration by the OS.
  • Key-rolling or Key-rotation feature enables secure rolling of Recovery passwords on MDM managed AAD devices upon on demand request from in-tune/MDM tools or upon every time recovery password is used to unlock the BitLocker protected drive. This feature will help prevent accidental recovery password disclosure as part of manual BitLocker drive unlock by users.
  • A change to enable third-party digital assistants to voice activate above the Lock screen.

Most of these features aren’t too interesting, except for the last one. Microsoft is now allowing third-party assistants like Alexa to voice activate above the lock screen, meaning they will function just like Cortana when your device is locked. That’s a pretty bold move and aligns with Microsoft’s plans to split up Cortana from Windows 10. I am not sure if it will require companies like Amazon to update Alexa to work above the lock screen, so we will have to wait to see on that one.

There is another twist, though. Microsoft previously said that the company is testing a new system where not everyone will get new features in these new builds instantly, and it’s testing that with today’s build. That means none of the new features mentioned above is actually enabled for anyone yet. “With today’s 19H2 build, we are testing this experience. Our plan is to quickly follow-up with another 19H2 build that turns these features on for a subset of Insiders and proceed from there based on feedback and quality,” Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar explained. Interesting.

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Comments (6)

6 responses to “Windows 10 19H2 Gets New Insider Preview Build”

  1. remc86007

    Looking forward to a new rant about how AB testing isn't fair to Insiders on the next Windows Weekly:)

    • remc86007

      In reply to remc86007:

      Looks like Ian from Premium shares Paul's sentiment...maybe I'm the one in the minority? Haha

      • MikeGalos

        In reply to remc86007:

        I have no numbers but I do have two points that agree that A/B testing is a good thing:

        1) Beta testing is for the benefit of the company developing the product. If you think it's to make you a "special" person then you're missing the point. If the company wants A/B testing to compare usage in two different formats, so be it. They're the ones improving the product.

        2) A/B testing has been proven to be an excellent way to evaluate how users actually interact. To avoid it is to get less data and worse data resulting in worse products.

        • SvenJ

          In reply to MikeGalos: Except MSs understanding off A/B testing seems different than mine, and maybe others. A/B testing is giving one group red buttons and the other green buttons and seeing which is used more frequently. MS give one group red buttons and the other no button. That forms a control group, not A/B testing. It can be useful in determining if the button's existence causes other issues not experienced by not having it, but that's not really A/B testing. I'll agree that it is MSs program, and they can do what they want, for whatever reason.
          Maybe it is the usual failure in messaging endemic in MS that is the real issue. Staggered rollout makes sense to gauge issues with new features without affecting too many at once. But that's what the rings should be for IMHO.

  2. IanYates82

    The whole A|B testing thing is frustrating to hear. Turns me off wanting to take the risk of being an insider on PCs I care about (which is the only way to really test and give useful feedback I'd think)

    I don't run insider builds all that often - I have enough reliability issues with my main laptop (Intel WiFi, and Intel Video, in my Lenovo T570) that I could maybe stomach a 'release preview' but nothing more. On my spare PC, sure I'll do it, but it's used for downloading stuff, simple NAS & web browsing so I haven't even bothered to move it off Windows 8 - it's a big 17" HP laptop and will stay running for easily over a month at a time.

    Give insiders the choice to avoid this A|B baloney. They've opted-in to be a guinea pig, at least respect them by letting them be the complete pig :)

    • red.radar

      In reply to IanYates82:

      How about just scrap the insiders program and Microsoft returns to throughly testing their software? Every 6month release is followed by stories of what Insiders miss because they just want to showroom the features.

      they can keep the feedback hub for the community to feel like they are being heard after release

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