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Windows 10 20H1 build 18845 is released to Skip Ahead Insiders

01 March 2019 2

Microsoft has released the Windows 10 20H1 build 18845 to the Skip Ahead ring. The update doesn’t bring anything new but does bring some under the hood improvements. One of the highlights is the update to the Emoji 12.0. There are now new emojis and starting this update, the new emojis can be easily found by pressing Win+ (period) or WIN+ (semicolon) and then using keywords like waffle, ballet shoes, and more.

Other fixes include solving the Bluetooth Hands-Free audio drive that would hang otherwise. Microsoft Edge crashing issue has also been resolved that was causing problems to some insiders before. Also, fixed an issue where, when typing Vietnamese, the touch keyboard was auto-capitalizing every word in certain apps.

Here’s the remaining fixes listed under the changelog,

  • We fixed an issue that could result in unexpected flickering if you used pen or touch in certain win32 apps to launch a second instance of the app when in tablet mode.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in DWM crashing after enabling high contrast.
  • We fixed an issue where, when friendly dates were enabled in File Explorer, in certain languages (such as Japanese and Chinese) Insiders would see the wrong day name displayed.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in an unexpected and non-functional Family Safety icon in the notification area of the taskbar.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in the taskbar search box text becoming black on a black background.
  • We fixed an issue where Start menu would crash when using Narrator to navigate pinned folders in Start.

As usual, there are some known issues available as well. It should be noted that this is the third 20H1 build that Microsoft has shipped to Skip Ahead Insiders. And, no new major features have been reported so far.

Also, Microsoft began testing its Windows 10 20H1 release more than a year before it’s expected to start rolling out. The speculated date when this update will roll out publically is April 2020 but Microsoft’s plans of releasing the builds to insiders so early do raise a question – why?

There could be several reasons behind this, but Mary Jo Foley for All About Microsoft and from ZDNet says that her contacts say it’s about aligning schedules between Azure and Windows engineering. You can read more about this report from the link provided below.


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