Windows 10 May 2019 Update

Microsoft Relesed First Windows 10 Build 18208 (19H1) For Skip Ahead Ring

Microsoft has pushed the first (19H1) Preview as Windows 10 Build 18208 for users who obtained for Skip Ahead Ring. This is the first preview that the company is making available as part of the 19H1 development arriving in the first half of 2019. And now it Looks like Microsoft is no longer going to use Redstone codenames for the next version of Windows and instead use the newly re-named codename ‘19H1’, where 19 represents the year 2019 and H1 refers to the first half of the year.

Along with this Microsoft also released Windows 10 build 17723 for Insider users on the first ring (RS5). And Windows 10 Build 18208 (19H1) contains the same changes found in (Redstone 5 build 17223) where Microsoft is just establishing a baseline for the next Windows 10 feature update by splitting the two branches.

Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar writes in a blog post.

“Going forward, RS5 builds will come from the RS5_RELEASE branch. For Insiders who chose to “skip ahead”, 19H1 builds will continue to come from the RS_PRERELEASE branch. Insiders can see the branch name in the watermark at the lower right of their desktop. Right now, the builds from these branches are largely the same which is why we’re only doing a single blog post for both of today’s new builds. However, in the future, we will be doing separate blog posts for each. To summarize all this, see the below graphic that explains what Skip Ahead is,” 

Windows 10 skip ahead explained
Windows 10 skip ahead explained

Windows 10 Build 18208 (19H1) features

Both the builds, 17723 and 18204 include the same new features, there not many big changes in either of these releases. However, with the update, Microsoft introduce Mixed Reality Flashlight, Group policy for Microsoft Edge browser, New addition on Emoji 11. Other smaller changes include time accuracy and traceability improvements, and an improved kiosk setup experience. Microsoft is also working on improving your update experience, and game bar enhancements.

Mixed Reality Flashlight

Microsoft has added Flashlight feature for its Windows Mixed Reality experience, which adds the ability to peer into the physical world without the need to remove your headset and prevent fumbles. You can open a portal into your real world at any time via the Start menu, a button shortcut, or a voice command.

Dona Sarkar, head of the Windows Insider program, announced.

“Today we are excited to announce that we are adding the ability to peer into your physical environment through Flashlight – without removing your headset! With the latest Windows Insider Program build, you can open a portal into your real world at any time via the Start menu, a button shortcut, or a voice command. This opens a low-latency pass-through camera feed connected to your controller. It’s comfortable, intuitive, and keeps you immersed,” 

windows 10 Mixed Reality Flashlight feature
windows 10 Mixed Reality Flashlight feature

New Microsoft Edge Group Policies

Microsoft created new group policies that allow IT administrators to control the behavior of Microsoft Edge. The new policies include enabling/disabling full-screen mode, printing, favorites bar, and saving history; prevent certificate error overrides; configuring the Home button and startup options; setting the New Tab page and Home button URL and managing extensions. Learn more about the new Microsoft Edge policies.

Also introduces several improvements for Microsoft Edge, When you right-click a book in the Microsoft Edge Books pane, you’ll now see an option to share the book, PDF activities will now be listed in Timeline, and Microsoft Edge no longer supports XSS filter.

157 new emojis

The Emoji Panel now includes 157 new emojis that comes in Unicode 11 format. This includes superheroes, redheads, a softball, a pirate flag and a llama all made the cut. You can access them using the Emoji Panel (WIN+.) or the touch keyboard.

When you get today’s build, you’ll also find that Microsoft made tweaks to some of Microsoft’s existing emoji – here are some examples:

Tweaks on existing Emojis
Tweaks on existing Emojis

Improved Kiosk setup experience

With Redstone 5 and 19H1 Preview Settings app is making easier to set up devices as kiosk or digital sign devices. The new page provides a wizard that walks you through the kiosk setup flow including creating a kiosk account that will automatically sign in on device start. Dona Sarkar explained

“We have introduced a simplified assigned access configuration page in Settings that allows device administrators to easily set up their PC as a kiosk or digital sign. This new page provides a wizard experience that walks you through the kiosk setup flow including creating a kiosk account that will automatically sign in on device start”.

Improved Kiosk setup experience
Improved Kiosk setup experience

Improved Update Experience

the most interesting change for build 17723/18204 is that Microsoft is now employing predictive algorithms (machine learning) to attempt to judge the right time to restart your PC when applying updates for Windows 10.

In other words, the system will try and avoid restarting at inconvenient times like when you’re using the machine and are in the middle of something, or when you’ve just nipped away from the PC for a couple of minutes, perhaps to get a snack. Predictive models will be employed to more accurately adapt to how you use your computer to attempt to get all this right.

Time Accuracy and Traceability improvements

This build includes updates to time related functions by:

  • Leap Second Support– Windows will now support these occasional 1-second adjustments in a traceable and UTC-compliant manner. What’s a leap second? As the earth’s rotation slows, UTC (an atomic timescale) diverges from mean solar time or astronomical time.  Once UTC has diverged by at most .9 seconds, a Leap Second is inserted to keep UTC in-sync with mean solar time.  Since the practice of inserting leap seconds began in 1972, a leap second has typically occurred every 18 months.
  • Precision Time Protocol– For the highest accuracy environments, you can now improve your time accuracy by leveraging a new time protocol that delivers far more accurate time samples to the endpoint (Windows Server 2019 or Windows 10, host or virtual machine).
  • Software Timestamping– You can now further improve your network time accuracy by eliminating the software delay introduced by the Windows networking stack.

For a full write up with more details about these new improvements, please see our announcement here.

Along with this Microsoft also making it easier to access the Game bar. With latest Windows 10 Build 18204 and 17723, you can now discover Game bar from the Start menu or bring up Game bar by using the Win + G shortcut at any time.

In addition, this Preview builds include a new icon for the Delivery Optimization Settings page, and some tweaks to the design of the Cortana & Search landing page, specifically in situations where Cortana isn’t enabled or supported. you can read the Entire feature and changelog details on Microsoft blog.

Bug fixed on Windows 10 build 18204 and 17723

Along with this update, Microsoft is now especially focusing on fixing bugs which previously reported by users and release RS5 update windows 10 version 1809 ASAP (expected on October 2018). Some important bug fixed (Windows 10 Build 18204 and 17723) such as an issue which resulted in the “…” menu not working in multiple apps, Windows Defender Application Guard which stopped working, windows 10 upgrade failed with error 0x8007001f, CRITICAL PROCESS DIED BSOD Bug and more. Here the full list of what’s fixed and broken in Windows 10 Build 18204 (19H1) and Build 17723 (Redstone 5).

Download Windows 10 build 18204

Are you still on Fast Ring insiders build? Microsoft now opened the Skip Ahead ring to insiders to enroll their system to jump into the prerelease builds from 19H1 development branch. The option is available under Update & Security | Windows Insider Program settings page. Or you can check How to join the Redstone 6 skip ahead ring. If you already enrolled for Skip Ahead Ring, your Device receive the first Windows 10 Build 18204 (19H1 ) Via windows update. Also, Or you can manually check and install update from Settings > Update & security > Windows Update and click the Check for updates button.

Windows 10 build 18204
Windows 10 build 18204

If you are using  April 2018 update check out Windows 10 Build 17134.191 (KB4340917 Update ) change log and Download link.

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