Microsoft yesterday rolled out its latest Windows 10 20H1 preview with a focus on Eye Control improvements, new notification settings, and a Your Phone update. Windows 10 Preview Build 18932 is available now for Insiders on the Fast Ring branch.
Starting with Eye Control, Microsoft has added a few features to the tool. If you are unfamiliar with Eye Control, at its core it brings Windows 10 to users who are disabled. The project was born from Microsoft’s original 2017 Hackathon event.
Eye Control now supports drag and drop with a mouse, while users can also use Shift and Ctrl to combine mouse drags and clicks. Elsewhere, the pause button hides the launch. Furthermore, Microsoft has added a new activation method. Finally, Eye Control can now access the open source Gaze Interaction Library in the Windows Community Toolkit.
Windows 10 20H1 now also has Focus Assists to offer improved notification management. Middle-clicking can now dismiss notifications. We discussed changes to notifications made through Windows 10 19832 earlier today.
Leading the new features is an update that gives users tools to manage which notifications they see from applications. This same button can also be selected to enter the Settings for more options. In the settings screen, the menu has been simplified to make management more efficient.
A for Your Phone, as we reported yesterday, the service now supports notifications from Android devices.
Below are the fixes Microsoft made in the Windows 10 Preview Build 19832, as well as known issues:
- The older settings sync engine has been turned off for 20H1 builds and changes made to settings that have not yet been migrated to the new settings sync engine will stop being sent and received. Some settings may not be migrated. The full list of settings that have been supported for sync are available here, but the list is subject to change during 20H1. Synced settings that are impacted by this change include settings pertaining to taskbar orientation, wallpaper, theming, and others.
- Updated indexing behavior to exclude common developer folders, such as .git, .hg, .svn, .Nuget, and more by default. This will improve system performance while compiling and syncing large code bases in the default indexed locations such as user libraries.
- Fixed an issue where the update might have failed the first time you tried to download it with a 0xc0000409 error code.
- Fixed an issue where recent updates might have failed with a 0x80070005 error code.
- An issue for Home editions where some devices couldn’t see the “download progress %” change on the Windows Update page.
- Fixed a race condition resulting in some Insiders seeing a large number of explorer.exe crashes in recent builds. This is also believed to be the root cause for some Insiders finding that Control Panel wasn’t launching – please let us know if you continue seeing issues after upgrading to this build.
- Fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders finding that their File Explorer search box was rendering in an unexpectedly small space and crashed when clicked.
- An issue where Settings would crash if you tried to add a language on the previous build.
- In Word, after showing a “flash message” on a braille display, Narrator is now correctly showing just the current heading.
- Made a small backend change to the updated Windows Ink Workspace to help improve the launch time.
- Fixed an issue resulting in Task Manager unexpectedly showing 0% CPU usage in the Performance tab.
- Fixed an issue that could result in a black remote desktop window for a few seconds when disconnecting from a remote desktop session.
- Fixed a issue resulting in Direct3D 12 games crashing in the previous flight.
- Fixed an issue that could cause certain apps to crash when you input Asian characters.
- Fixed an issue for the Chinese Pinyin IME where, if you were in the middle of finalizing a phrase and clicked away, the next thing you typed wouldn’t show the characters.
- Fixed an issue with the Chinese Pinyin IME where the mouse over highlight could get stuck on a particular candidate in the candidate window.
- Fixed an issue with the Chinese Pinyin IME where the candidate window wouldn’t display when typing in the Microsoft Edge search box (Ctrl+F).
- Fixed an issue resulting in not being able to use touch to open context menus on websites in Microsoft Edge after using pinch to zoom in and back out.
- Narrator search mode will now reset scoping to all elements each time it is opened.
- Rolled out the fix for taskbar unexpectedly dismissing when invoking Start if set to autohide to all Insiders in Fast.
- Fixed an issue where the Bluetooth Hands-Free audio driver (bthhfaud.sys) could get stuck when making or breaking a synchronous connection-oriented (SCO) link to the headset. This would cause all audio on the system to stop working until the system was rebooted.
This build has four known issues:
- If you’re seeing failures installing games via the Xbox app, you can retry the install.
- 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. Make sure you are running the latest version of your games before attempting to update the operating system.
- Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly.
- 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.