Today (04/01/2019) Microsoft has released Windows 10 build 18309 for devices enrolled in the Fast ring of the Windows Insider Program. According to the Windows Insider blog post, the latest Windows 10 19H1 Preview build 18309 bringing the password-less authentication for all editions of Windows 10. Also, there is some Narrator and Ease of Access improvements, lots of general changes, improvements and bug fixes include list of known issues.
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What’s new Windows 10 build 18309?
If you are windows insider user, open windows settings, Update and Security and check for updates to Get installed Windows 10 Build 18309 on your PC and try the new features and changes that introduced on today’s build.
Password-less authentication for all editions
On previous build 18305, Microsoft started testing a new way to create a password-less account with a phone number account and without having to deal with passwords
but its limited to Windows 10 Home editions only. And now with build 18309 company extend this option for All Windows Insider versions.
If you have a Microsoft account with your phone number, you can use an SMS code to sign in, and set up your account on Windows 10. Once you’ve setup your account, you can use Windows Hello Face, Fingerprint, or a PIN (depending on your device capabilities) to sign in to Windows 10. No password needed anywhere! Microsoft explained
Creating a password-less phone number account
If you don’t already have a password-less phone number account, you can create one in a mobile app like Word on your iOS or Android device to try it out. Simply go to Word and sign up with your phone number by entering your phone number under “Sign in or sign up for free”.
Add your password-less phone number account to Windows
Now that you’ve created a password-less phone number account, you can use it to sign in to Windows with the following steps:
- Add your account to Windows from Settings > Accounts > Family & other Users > “Add someone else to this PC”.
- Lock your device and select your phone number account from the Windows sign-in screen.
- Since your account doesn’t have a password, select ‘Sign in options’, click the alternative ‘PIN’ tile, and click ‘Sign in’.
- Go through web sign in and Windows Hello set up (this is what you’ll use to sign in to your account on subsequent sign ins)
With the latest 19H1 build 18309, Narrator also getting improvements such as you can download additional voices in other languages without having to download language packs. Home navigation, the ability to read current character phonetics, and other improvements such as:
- Improved reading of controls while navigating and editing
- Improved table reading in PowerPoint
- Improved reading and navigating experiences with Chrome and Narrator
- Improved interacting with Chrome menu’s with Narrator
Also, Ease of Access section, the Cursor, and Pointers page now includes 11 additional mouse pointer sizes for a total of 15 sizes.
Also there are number Improvements, bug fixes and known issues listed on Microsoft blog You can read this from here.