Microsoft Releases New Windows 10 Insider Build, Cancels PWA for Insider Program

Posted on January 23, 2020 by Mehedi Hassan in Windows, Windows 10 with 11 Comments

Microsoft is releasing a new build of Windows 10 to Insiders this week. The company is releasing build 19551.1005 to Insiders in the Fast Ring, and it doesn’t include a lot of changes.

The build doesn’t include any new features and mostly focuses on bug fixes. The build does include a number of known issues, so I would suggest checking out the full changelog to see if you are affected by any of those issues.

As for the fixes, here’s the list of improvements:

  • We fixed an issue resulting in snipping not working on secondary monitors.
  • Thank you for reporting that the Optimize Drives Control Panel was incorrectly showing that optimization hadn’t run on some devices. We’ve fixed it in this build.
  • We’ve fixed an issue causing Remote Desktop Connection crashes when attempting to connect to multiple sessions.
  • We’ve made a server-side fix to address the issue causing Narrator Home to crash when selecting the “What’s New” button in Narrator Home.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in the language defaults listed at the top of Language Settings unexpectedly being blank.
  • We’ve done some work to help address feedback reports that screenshots (WIN+Shift+S) pasted into Outlook would be unexpectedly large.
  • We fixed an issue where, if you’d changed the candidate pane font for the Pinyin IME, it would be reset back to default after you reboot your PC.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the “Safely Remove Hardware” icon in the notification area sometimes unexpectedly drawing in white (making it unreadable) when using light theme.

Along with the release of the new Windows 10 build, Microsoft is announcing the end of Project Catnip. For those unfamiliar, Project Catnip was supposed to be a new progressive web app for the Insider program. The app would allow users to access the Insider program from the web or any other devices as it would be a PWA, but Microsoft is no longer planning to publicly release the app.

“Due to some technical limitations, we were not going to be able to offer the experiences we wanted to for Insiders through the PWA. We’re still looking at solutions for some of the features we investigated in the PWA,” said Microsoft. Being able to access the Insider program from outside of Windows 10 has always been one of the top requests for the Insider program, so it is kind of disappointing to see Microsoft abandoning the project.

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Comments (11)

11 responses to “Microsoft Releases New Windows 10 Insider Build, Cancels PWA for Insider Program”

  1. lwetzel

    The canceled PWA is only Project Catnip, NOT PWAs in general. Title is a bit misleading.

  2. bnyklue

    Actually the Windows Insider Program is cancelled or should be. Pointless and dead now.

  3. Stooks

    PWA's in general have been a major let down.

    • hrlngrv

      In reply to Stooks:

      A guess: anything moderately large or complicated may take up so much space on disk (in order to run offline) that it's nonviable.

      FWIW, I use and Stackedit offline on a Chromebook and I could under Linux too. I haven't tried them out under Windows. I don't believe they're technically PWAs. Hard to say how much space they take up on my Chromebook as I decided to cease using developer mode.

    • proesterchen

      In reply to Stooks:

      Only if you got caught up in the hype.

      That's not to say they don't have their place and time, mind you, just that PWAs aren't the be all end all, and almost certainly not the future of existing software packages.

  4. nerdile

    This is the first I've heard of "Project Catnip". So, ok. Why don't they just make a website? Those work everywhere.