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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