New Fast Ring Build – 18950

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Microsoft Insiders Team has released a new build of Windows 10 to the fast ring, bringing us to 18950 (20H1). Not a lot of feature updates, with the Japanese IME and Snip & Sketch improvements being the biggest. Grab it if you need it, and take a look at the known issues in case there is something that might affect you before you update.

Skype for Business to Retire in 2021

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Microsoft has announced the retirement of Skype for Business for July 31, 2021. This impacts Skype for Business Online only, not Skype for Business Server or Skype for consumers. The replacement will be Microsoft Teams, which is touted as an upgrade from Skype. Using Microsoft Teams at work, I feel that the replacement is a wise choice. Between now and the retirement date, Skype for Business will continue to operate as usual, with no disruptions in service.

Why are we making this announcement now?

In 2017 we launched Microsoft Teams as “the hub for teamwork” in Microsoft 365. Teams combines chat, video, calling, and document collaboration into a single, integrated app – and enables an entirely new way of working. Over the last two years, we’ve worked closely with customers to refine Teams, and we now feel we’re at the point that we can confidently recommend it as an upgrade to all Skype for Business Online customers. Customers who have already made the move tell us that Teams not only has helped them improve collaboration generally, it has also provided a rare opportunity to rethink the way work gets done in their organizations. Using Teams, companies across the world are becoming more agile, shortening cycle times, improving the efficiency of key workflows, and cutting out unnecessary overhead. Teams isn’t just an upgrade for Skype for Business Online, it’s a powerful tool that opens the door to an entirely new way of doing business. But don’t take our word for it! Learn more about the potential benefits of Teams for your organization with the recently published Forrester white paper “The Total Economic Impact of Microsoft Teams.”

New Fast Ring Build – 18945

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A new build has been released to Fast Ring Insiders for Windows 10. This time, it’s build 18945. If you got the accidentally released build 18947 build earlier this week, it’s best to rollback to the previous build and then install this one. What’s new in this build? A new Cortana experience, Windows Subsystem for Linux improvements, updated file explorer search, and more.

Be sure to check out the known issues in case there is a show stopper for you.

Known Issues

  • There has been an issue with older versions of anti-cheat software used with games where after updating to the latest 19H1 Insider Preview builds may cause PCs to experience crashes. We are working with partners on getting their software updated with a fix, and most games have released patches to prevent PCs from experiencing this issue. To minimize the chance of running into this issue, please make sure you are running the latest version of your games before attempting to update the operating system. We are also working with anti-cheat and game developers to resolve similar issues that may arise with the 20H1 Insider Preview builds and will work to minimize the likelihood of these issues in the future.
  • Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. We are investigating the issue.
  • Tamper Protection may be turned off in Windows Security after updating to this build. You can turn it back on. In August, Tamper Protection will return to being on by default for all Insiders.
  • Occasionally, the candidate selection in prediction candidate window for the Japanese IME doesn’t match with the composition string. We are investigating the issue.
  • Insiders may notice some changes in Magnifier with today’s build. These aren’t quite ready yet for you to try, but we’ll let you know once they are in an upcoming flight.

Windows 10 Build 18936 Goes to Fast Ring Insiders

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For those in the fast ring on Windows 10 Insiders program, build 18936 has just been released. The Your Phone app has been made more available to other Surface devices. A new Quick Event Create from the taskbar (Open calendar, add an event or reminder straight from the flyout!). And, finally, a way to go passwordless with Windows Hello, Fingerprint, or PIN with a Microsoft account. Several fixes and a few known issues.

Do you ever open the clock and calendar flyout to help organize your thoughts while making plans? We’ve been working on making it easier to create new events and reminders, and are happy to announce that as of today, all Insiders in the Fast ring should see this when you click on the date in the taskbar:

Showing the clock and calendar flyout, with an inline option to add a new event.

Patch Tuesday & More Updates

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Microsoft’s patch Tuesday had a lot of fixes this week, a couple patches for zero day updates, and more – a total of 78 CVE’s and two advisories. The biggest zero day is CVE-2019-1132, with a good write up from ESET here, which can lead to a local privilege escalation within Windows.

Before you patch, either with Windows Update or manually, be sure to grab KB4509096, which is a servicing stack update that according to Microsoft “Addresses an issue with a Secure Boot feature update that may cause BitLocker to go into recovery mode because of a race condition.”. This is recommended to be installed before the cumulative updates that Microsoft has released as part of Patch Tuesday’s group of updates.

A good overview of the patches released this round of updates is available at Zero Day Initiative.

Download Windows 1.11 App from Windows Store

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In partnership with Netflix’s latest release of Stranger Things Season 3, Microsoft has released a Windows 10 app for Windows Version 1.11. I remember back in the 80’s wanting Windows 1 & 2, but I was stuck with DOS until Windows 3.0. There is definitely some nostalgia in this app.

Experience 1985 nostalgia with a special edition Windows 10 PC app inspired by Windows 1.0—but one that’s been taken over by the Upside Down from Stranger Things. Explore the mysteries and secrets plaguing Hawkins, unlock unique show content and easter eggs, and play retro games and puzzles—all building off Stranger Things 3. Join Eleven, Steve, Dustin and gang as they seek to save Hawkins and the world. Embrace the 80s and grab your hairspray, because it’s basically the raddest show companion experience ever. But fair warning: beware the Mind Flayer.

New Fast Ring Build Released – Build 18932

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The Windows Insider team has released a new build to fast ring insiders ahead of the US Independence Day holiday. This brings us to build 18932 of version 20H1. Some new features, improvements, and a bunch of fixes. A few issues are still present, so make sure to check those out before you update to make sure you’re not running into a show stopper.

Known Issues

  • If you’re seeing failures installing games via the Xbox app, you can retry the install. If it continues failing, you may want to roll back to Build 18922.
  • There has been an issue with older versions of anti-cheat software used with games where after updating to the latest 19H1 Insider Preview builds may cause PCs to experience crashes. We are working with partners on getting their software updated with a fix, and most games have released patches to prevent PCs from experiencing this issue. To minimize the chance of running into this issue, please make sure you are running the latest version of your games before attempting to update the operating system. We are also working with anti-cheat and game developers to resolve similar issues that may arise with the 20H1 Insider Preview builds and will work to minimize the likelihood of these issues in the future.
  • Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. We are investigating the issue.
  • Tamper Protection may be turned off in Windows Security after updating to this build. You can turn it back on. In August, Tamper Protection will return to being on by default for all Insiders.

New Fast Ring Insiders Build

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Microsoft has released a new build for the fast ring insiders, build 18922. A few new changes in this build, and a few known issues (similar to previous builds).

Known Issues

  • This update might fail the first time you try to download it with a 0xc0000409 error code.

  • For Home editions, some devices might not be able to see the “download progress %” change on the Windows Update page.

  • There has been an issue with older versions of anti-cheat software used with games where after updating to the latest 19H1 Insider Preview builds may cause PCs to experience crashes. We are working with partners on getting their software updated with a fix, and most games have released patches to prevent PCs from experiencing this issue. To minimize the chance of running into this issue, please make sure you are running the latest version of your games before attempting to update the operating system. We are also working with anti-cheat and game developers to resolve similar issues that may arise with the 20H1 Insider Preview builds and will work to minimize the likelihood of these issues in the future.

  • Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. We are investigating the issue.

  • Tamper Protection may be turned off in Windows Security after updating to this build. You can turn it back on. In August, Tamper Protection will return to being on by default for all Insiders.

  • We’re investigating an issue where some users are reporting that File Explorer search is rendering in an unexpectedly small area and clicking it results in a crash.

New Windows 10 Fast Ring Build – 18895

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The latest Windows 10 Fast Ring Insiders build is out, bringing us to 18895. This is a small update, bringing just a single fix (the Your Phone app works again). Get in there and grab it. A few caveats for some users, though.

This flight won’t be available for the following editions:

  • Windows 10 Home N x64 in HU-HU and PT-PT.
  • Windows 10 Home x64 in CS-CZ, ES-ES, and KO-KR.
  • Windows 10 Professional x64 in LV-LV and ES-MX.
General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC
  • The Your Phone app now works again! We have fixed the issue from Build 18894 causing Your Phone to not work.

Windows 10 Insider Build 18894 Released

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The latest build of Windows 10 for the Fast Ring has been released, this time bringing the build number to 18894. Part of the 20H1 update, it has a few improvements and a bit of known issues to check out before updating.

Known Issues

  • Due to an OS bug, the Your Phone app will not work on this build (20H1 Build 18894). This issue does not impact the Your Phone app if you are in the Slow and Release Preview rings. We expect to have this issue resolved in the next flight to the Fast ring. Appreciate your patience.

  • There has been an issue with older versions of anti-cheat software used with games where after updating to the latest 19H1 Insider Preview builds may cause PCs to experience crashes. We are working with partners on getting their software updated with a fix, and most games have released patches to prevent PCs from experiencing this issue. To minimize the chance of running into this issue, please make sure you are running the latest version of your games before attempting to update the operating system. We are also working with anti-cheat and game developers to resolve similar issues that may arise with the 20H1 Insider Preview builds and will work to minimize the likelihood of these issues in the future.

  • Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. We are investigating the issue.

  • If you use remote desktop to connect to an enhanced session VM, taskbar search results will not be visible (just a dark area) until you restart searchui.exe.

  • We’re investigating reports that on certain devices if fast startup is enabled, night light doesn’t turn on until after a restart. (Note: The problem will occur on a “cold” reboot or power off / power on. To work around if night light doesn’t turn on, use Start > Power > Restart.)

  • There’s a noticeable lag when dragging the emoji and dictation panels.

  • Tamper Protection may be turned off in Windows Security after updating to this build. You can turn it back on.

  • Some features on Start Menu and in All apps are not localized in languages such as FR-FR, RU-RU, and ZH-CN.

  • In the Ease of Access settings, selecting a color filter may not take effect right away unless color filters option is turned off and back on again.

  • The IME candidate window for East Asian IMEs (Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and the Japanese IME) may not open sometimes. We are investigating the issue. In the meantime, going to Task Manager and ending the “WindowsInternal.ComposableShell.Experiences.TextInput.InputApp.exe” task from the from the Details tab should unblock you if you experience this issue.

  • We are aware of an issue with the Bopomofo IME where the character width is suddenly changed to Full width from Half width and are investigating.