Microsoft is releasing a new build of Windows 10 19H2 to Insiders in the Slow Ring today. Well, it’s releasing two builds. But there’s a catch.
As we have reported in the past, Microsoft is testing a new controlled feature rollout (CFR) system in Windows 10 19H2 that involves the company introducing new features that are initially only available to a subset of Insiders, and are later made available for everyone else.
The company released build 18362.10006 to some Insiders last month, while some were left on 18362.10005 to test the new CFR system. And to continue the test, Microsoft is releasing two different builds today: 18362.10012 and 18362.10013.
Those on 18362.10005 will get build 18362.10012 with all the new features turned off, while those on 18362.10006 will get 18362.10013 with the new features turned on. Yep, all of this continues to be a confusing mess.
Either way, both the builds come with a number of new features, though one of them simply has the features disabled. Here’s the changelog:
- You can now quickly create an event straight from the Calendar flyout on the Taskbar. Just click on the date and time at the lower right corner of the Taskbar to open the Calendar flyout and pick your desired date and start typing in the text box – you’ll now see inline options to set a time and location.
- The navigation pane on the Start menu now expands when you hover over it with your mouse to better inform where clicking goes.
- We have added friendly images to show what is meant by “banner” and “Action Center” when adjusting the notifications on apps in order to make these settings more approachable and understandable.
- Notifications settings under Settings > System > Notifications will now default to sorting notification senders by most recently shown notification, rather than sender name. This makes it easier to find and configure frequent and recent senders. We have also added a setting to turn off playing sound when notifications appear.
- We now show the options to configure and turn off notifications from an app/website right on the notification, both as a banner and in Action Center.
- We have added a “Manage notifications” button to the top of Action Center that launches the main “Notifications & actions” Settings page.
- We have added additional debugging capabilities for newer Intel processors. This is only relevant for hardware manufacturers.
- We have made general battery life and power efficiency improvements for PCs with certain processors.
- A CPU may have multiple “favored” cores (logical processors of the highest available scheduling class). To provide better performance and reliability, we have implemented a rotation policy that distributes work more fairly among these favored cores.
If you are on the Slow Ring, you should get access to the new builds instantly via Windows Update.