New 20H1 Build Brings Virtual Desktops Renaming to All

Posted on September 6, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 12 Comments

Microsoft has released a new Windows 10 version 20H1 build to Fast ring Insiders that lets everyone test renamable virtual desktops.

“Today we’re releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18975 (20H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring,” the Microsoft announcement notes.

Here’s what’s new in this build.

Rename virtual desktops. Yep, this was A/B tested before, so only some Insiders saw it. But now, the ability to rename virtual desktops is now available for all Insiders in the Fast ring.

Move the Cortana window. On with Cortana would the ability to move a window around on-screen be treated like news, but there you: Cortana is now a standalone app, and now you can move the app window around on-screen. The bad news? Yep. They’re A/B testing it. Because of course they are.

That’s about it, aside from some reliability improvements to the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

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Comments (12)

12 responses to “New 20H1 Build Brings Virtual Desktops Renaming to All”

  1. jimmyf123

    it doesn't work at all after the first reboot

  2. dxtremebob

    As Dr. McCoy might say, "Blasted A/B testing!"

    As Mr. Spock might say, "A/B testing is not logical."

  3. SvenJ

    Rename virtual desktops. Hmm, is this really a high demand feature? I honestly can't imagine a high percentage of Windows users even knowing virtual desktops exist, much less make use of them. These aren't persistant across reboots or shutdowns are they? So naming them is kind of volitile.

  4. evox81

    Am I having a stroke, or is this sentence gibberish?

    On with Cortana would the ability to move a window around on-screen be treated like news, but there you:

  5. Tony Barrett

    I think MS are running out of ideas. The number of new worthwhile features is falling, and what features are being added are very niche - I mean a tiny fraction of users probably even bother with virtual desktops. Cortana? Dead, and everyone (except MS) knows it.

  6. TheFerrango

    But does it remember on which desktop I opened an application across reboots? That’s the real question

    • trember

      In reply to TheFerrango:

      Not for me after this update. I had apps opened on one desktop and different ones on the second. On a reboot, it put all the apps (opened) on the first desktop. I did not have this quirk on the A-B testing before the update. Consequently, I have stopped using this new feature, as it is not worth the trouble.

  7. dontbeevil

    new features for CORTANA as UWP in the STORE

  8. VancouverNinja

    Could the rumoured dual screen device allow for a different desktop on each screen for some reason? Then drag and drop between them if needed?

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