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

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.

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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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  • lwetzel

    Premium Member
    23 January, 2020 - 4:09 pm

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

    • phil_adcock

      24 January, 2020 - 12:47 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#515382">In reply to lwetzel:</a></em></blockquote><p>I agree. When I clicked on it I was like damn. I guess no service workers for Windows then realized it was just saying that they are cancelling the insiders app in PWA form.</p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      24 January, 2020 - 9:24 am

      Hm. I think it reads OK.

      • jim.mcintosh

        24 January, 2020 - 11:04 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#515497">In reply to paul-thurrott:</a></em></blockquote><p>2nd time around, I agree, however, the first time I thought it was killing Progressive Web Apps rather than one app for the insider program.</p><p><br></p><p>Your title was accurate.</p><p>Could it have been clearer? Yes</p><p><br></p>

  • bnyklue

    23 January, 2020 - 4:47 pm

    <p>Actually the Windows Insider Program is cancelled or should be. Pointless and dead now. </p>

    • codymesh

      23 January, 2020 - 5:20 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#515388">In reply to bnyklue:</a></em></blockquote><p>and then you people will go back to complaining about the lack of transparency from Microsoft.</p>

    • compuser

      23 January, 2020 - 10:23 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#515388"><em>In reply to bnyklue:</em></a></blockquote><p><br></p><p>If you think it's pointless and dead, the obvious thing to do is don't participate in it, and don't worry about it. Apparently a lot of people disagree with your assessment.</p>

    • rokeykokey

      24 January, 2020 - 3:27 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#515388">In reply to bnyklue:</a></em></blockquote><p>Of course, make a foolish comment and then downvote any who disagree. Superb idea.</p>

  • Stooks

    23 January, 2020 - 9:53 pm

    <p>PWA's in general have been a major let down. </p>

    • hrlngrv

      Premium Member
      23 January, 2020 - 10:11 pm

      <p><a href="; target="_blank"><em>In reply to Stooks:</em></a></p><p>A guess: anything moderately large or complicated may take up so much space on disk (in order to run offline) that it's nonviable.</p><p>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.</p>

    • proesterchen

      24 January, 2020 - 10:41 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#515430">In reply to Stooks:</a></em></blockquote><p>Only if you got caught up in the hype.</p><p><br></p><p>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.</p>

  • nerdile

    Premium Member
    24 January, 2020 - 1:48 am

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

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