It's been quite a while since we last saw a new preliminary version of Windows 10 19H2, but Microsoft is today releasing two new versions for Insiders in Slow Ring. The reason why the company is launching two compilations is because it wants to test new capabilities with just a subset of Slow Ring Insiders.
If you are a Slow Ring Insider in 19H2 Build 18362.10006, you will get build 18362.10013 with new features enabled On the other hand, Slow Ring Insiders in 19H2 build 18362.10005 will get 18362.10012 with new features disabled by default. In case you join Slow Ring today, the Windows Insider team said you will randomly get the .100012 or .100013 compilation.
Several new features included in build 18362.10013 previously submitted in recent 20H1 compilations, such as the ability to create events from the Calendary drop-down menu on the taskbar. You can check the full list of new features below:
- You can now quickly create an event directly from the Calendar drop-down menu on the taskbar. Simply click on the date and time in the lower right corner of the taskbar to open the Calendar drop-down menu and choose the desired date and start typing in the text box; You will now see the options online to set a time and location.
- The navigation pane in the Start menu now expands when you hover over it to better inform where the click goes.
- We've added friendly images to show what's happening. means "banner" and "Action Center" when adjusting notifications in applications to make this configuration more accessible and understandable.
-  The notification settings in Settings> System> Notifications now, by default, will classify notification senders according to the most recently displayed notification, instead of the sender's name. This facilitates the search and configuration of frequent and recent senders. We've also added a setting to disable sound playback when notifications appear.
- We now show the options to configure and disable notifications from an application / website directly in the notification, both as a banner and in the Activity Center.  We have added a "Manage notifications" button at the top of the Activity Center that starts the main "Notifications and actions" Settings page.
- We have added additional debugging capabilities for newer Intel processors. This is only relevant for hardware manufacturers.
- We have made general improvements in battery life and energy efficiency for PCs with certain processors.
- A CPU can have multiple "favored" cores (logical processors of the highest available programming class). To provide better performance and reliability, we have implemented a rotation policy that distributes work more fairly among these preferred cores.
As a reminder, the Windows 10 19H2 update will be sent later this fall and will be installed as a regular Patch Tuesday update. Although this will be a minor update compared to the May 2019 update or the next 20H1 update, it will still bring some new features that Microsoft is currently testing A / B with Slow Ring Insiders. Microsoft is not choosing the simplest approach to test 19H2 compilations, but hopefully these "controlled feature implementations" will finally help the company discover what new features will be sent with the 19H2 update.
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