Microsoft's testing process for the next update of Windows 10 19H2 has reached a new milestone today, as the company has just released a new preliminary version with all new features activated for Slow Ring Insiders. No more A / B testing, all Insiders in Slow Ring can now install build 18362.10019 with the new 19H2 features enabled, and Microsoft noted that "this update also includes the general improvements for these features."
the list of all new features included in this compilation:
- Windows containers require a matching host and container version. This restricts customers and limits Windows containers to support mixed version container pod scenarios. This update includes 5 solutions to address this and allow the host to run lower level containers at the upper level for process isolation (Argon).
- A solution to allow original equipment manufacturers to reduce inking latency based on the hardware capabilities of their devices instead of getting stuck with the latency selected in the typical hardware configuration by the operating system.
- The key rotation or key rotation function allows the secure transfer of recovery passwords in managed MDM AAD devices at the request of Microsoft Intune / MDM tools or whenever the recovery password is used to unlock the unit BitLocker protected. This function will help prevent users from accidentally revealing the recovery password as part of the manual unlock of the BitLocker drive.
- A change to allow third-party digital assistants to be activated by voice over the lock screen.
- 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 is meant by "banner" and "Action Center" by adjusting notifications in applications to make this setting more accessible and understandable.
- Notification settings in Settings> System> Notifications now, by default, will classify notification senders according to the most recently shown notification, in Place of 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 "Notifications and actions" main 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 favorite cores.
- We have enabled Windows Defender Credential Guard for ARM64 devices for additional protection against credential theft for companies that implement ARM64 devices in their organizations.
- We have enabled the possibility for companies to complement the Windows 10 policy in S mode to allow traditional Win32 (desktop) applications from Microsoft Intune.
- In addition, we have updated the search in File Explorer to display web-based suggestions. to files indexed locally on the PC.
- We have added Narrator's ability and other assistive technologies to read and learn where the FN key is on the keyboards and what state it is in (locked versus unlocked).
The fact that all Insiders in Slow Ring are now on the same page is great news, although keep in mind that Microsoft has also sent 19H2 bits to a subset of the P Version check Insiders recently, and these compilations do not they include the same new features included in today's update for Slow Ring Insiders. The test process for 19H2 is still a bit complicated with some A / B tests in the Release Preview ring, but things are finally becoming much simpler for Slow Ring as of today.
Unless Microsoft finds a major problem with this update, we hope Microsoft will complete Windows 10 19H2 (or Windows 10 version 1909) later this month, and this minor update will be installed as a regular cumulative update when it is released at the end of Autumn for all users running Windows 10 version 1903.
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