Microsoft is releasing a new build of Windows 10 to Insiders in the Fast Ring. The update isn’t a massive one, but it includes one substantial change. The latest build, 19002, brings a new Swift Pair experience for all Insiders.
Microsoft first introduced the improved Swift Pair experience with Windows 10 build 18985, but it was only available to 50% of Insiders. With today’s build, the feature is available to everyone.
So what exactly is this new Swift Pair experience? Windows 10 now lets you pair with a Bluetooth device right from the notifications without needing to even open up the Settings app. The new Swift Pair experience offers a faster pairing time and an improved interface that shows more details about the device that you are trying to connect to.
There is obviously a limitation: Swift Pair only supports certain devices, and that includes the Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard, Microsoft Bluetooth Mouse, Surface Ergonomic Keyboard, Surface Precision Mouse, Microsoft Modern Mobile Mouse, Surface Mobile Mouse, Microsoft Arc Mouse, Surface Arc Mouse, and Surface Headphones. So if you have any other device, this new Swift Pair experience won’t be available for you at all when trying to pair over Bluetooth.
Microsoft’s also fixed a really annoying bug in recent versions of Windows 10 with the latest build where the acrylic/blur effect in the Action Center didn’t appear until after the Action Center opening animation had finished.
Build 19002 also includes a number of general changes and improvements, along with a couple of known issues, so make sure to check out the full changelog here.