Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18985 Heads to the Fast Ring

Posted on September 19, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 7 Comments

Microsoft today released Windows 10 build 18985 (20H1) to Windows Insiders on the Fast ring.

Here’s what’s new.

Improved Bluetooth pairing experience. Now, all pairing is done in notifications, so you don’t have to launch the Settings app anymore. There’s also a Dismiss button in the first notification so that you can use Swift Pair more efficiently. The bad news? It only works on some devices, including Surface Ergonomic Keyboard, Surface Precision Mouse, Microsoft Modern Mobile Mouse, Surface Mobile Mouse, Microsoft Arc Mouse, Surface Arc Mouse, and Surface Headphones. Worse, only 50 percent of Insiders will get this feature, so roll those dice, kiss your butt, and wish for the best.

Optional updates improvements. Microsoft is trying to make it easier for you see to see all optional updates—drivers, feature updates, and monthly non-security quality updates—in one place in Windows Update. Now, they be listed in a new page under Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > View optional updates.

Completely unrelated to the new build, the new Snip & Sketch app is now rolling out to Insiders in the Release Preview ring. This update includes a single window mode and zoom support.

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Comments (7)

7 responses to “Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18985 Heads to the Fast Ring”

  1. greenberry woods

    Paul, You're talking (writing) like a pirate on "Talk Like a Pirate Day" Now, they be listed in a new page under Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > View optional updates. Arrrrggh!

  2. Thomas Parkison

    Microsoft is trying to make it easier for you see to see all optional updates—drivers, feature updates, and monthly non-security quality updates—in one place in Windows Update. Now, they be listed in a new page under Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > View optional updates.


    Talk about giving back what we had in Windows 7.

  3. ph-sth

    "Microsoft is trying to make it easier for you see to see all optional updates" by hiding them on a separate page from all the other updates.

  4. justme

    "Microsoft is trying to make it easier for you see to see all optional updates—"


    The more I read and experience Microsoft trying to "make it easier"for users to update, the more I want to go back to the way Windows 7 did updates. Show me whats available, give me a tick box with the ability to hide updates, and let me decide what I do and do not install, when I do and dont want to install it.

  5. recklessprocess

    I wish some one would find out what Blutooth adapters support MyPhone on PC's. I have purchased half a dozen different blutooth dongles and none of them work with MyPhone

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