Windows 10 20H1 build 18945 is now available with new Cortana Beta app, WSL 2 improvements

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Following the accidental release of the internal version of Windows 10 build 18947 earlier this week, the Windows Insider team is finishing this week on a more positive note by launching version 18945 today. This new preliminary 20H1 compilation introduces the new Cortana Beta application that was hidden in the recent 20H1 compilations, even if you keep in mind that it will only be available to Insiders in the United States.

This new Cortana Beta application is compatible with the conversational user interface that is already available on iOS and Android, although for now some features of the "old" Cortana are missing. The application is still a work in progress, but the decoupling of Cortana from the operating system will allow Microsoft to iterate faster on it.

Version 18945 also brings some improvements to the new Windows Subsystem for Linux, including the ability to connect to your WSL 2 Linux Network Applications using localhost. The new search experience in File Explorer that debuted in May with the 18894 compilation will also be extended to all Fast Ring Insiders members, Microsoft said today.

Last but not least, those looking to try the new phone screen function on their phone can now do so with more 9 new Samsung Android smartphones. You can find the full list of news in build 18945 below.

What's new in build 18945

Introducing a new Cortana experience for Windows 10

We are starting to develop a new Cortana experience for Windows 10 as a Beta for Windows Insiders in the US. UU. This new experience presents a new user interface based on chat that allows you to write or speak in natural language.

 Showing the new Cortana app: just add something to the grocery list, and answer the following question with what is being played in the movies.

It is compatible with most of Cortana's functions that people enjoy using on Windows, such as Bing responses, attendee conversations, opening applications and managing lists. , and configuration of reminders, alarms and timers. And we have added some new features that we believe people will enjoy:

  • Cortana now supports light and dark themes in Windows.
  • We have created a new less intrusive screen for "Hey Cortana" queries so you can stay while you work.
  • We have updated Cortana with new speech and language models, and we have significantly improved performance, which makes it faster and more reliable than ever.

Not all functions of Cortana's previous experience are available yet. Like Beta, we plan to add more features over time with updates to Cortana from the Microsoft store.

To begin, choose the Cortana icon in the taskbar next to the search box. You can also take advantage of the speed and comfort of the voice with better voice recognition by simply saying "Hey Cortana" *. You may need to log in with your account to get started.

* Note: This requires enabling this feature in Settings> Voice activation privacy settings – Talk to Cortana.

If you are an Insider in the USA. UU. And you are not seeing the new experience, be patient, as we are slowing it down. Additional markets and languages ​​will be available at a later date. You must be registered to use Cortana. Historically, there were quite a few skills that could be used without authenticating (Bing responses, open applications, assistant conversations) but it is no longer the case. Currently only limited skills are allowed in the new experience. Do not worry, we will recover many skills in the coming months.

Windows Subsystems for Linux (WSL) Improvements: Connection via localhost to WSL 2 Linux applications from Windows and WSL global configuration options was added

You & # 39; Now I can connect to your WSL 2 Linux network applications using localhost. For example, the following image shows how a NodeJS server starts in a WSL 2 distribution and then connects to it in the perimeter browser with localhost.

 The Microsoft Edge browser is connected to a NodeJS server running within a Windows subsystem for the Linux 2 distribution.

In addition, we have added global configuration options for WSL. These are options that will apply to each of your WSL distributions. This also allows you to specify options related to the WSL 2 virtual machine (VM), since all WSL 2 distributions run within the same VM. The most exciting option you will have access to in this compilation is to be able to specify a custom Linux kernel!

For full details on what's new in this version, check out What's New for WSL in Insiders Preview Build 18945 on the Windows command line blog.

Accessibility improvements

Narrator now provides a more efficient reading experience when reading messages in Outlook or Windows Mail

When the message is opened, the scan mode will be automatically activated. This allows the user to use their arrow keys to read the message, in addition to all other hotkeys in Scan Mode to skip the message text.

Email messages such as newsletters and marketing content are often formatted using tables to visually represent the appearance of the message. For a screen reader user, this information is not necessary when reading the message. Narrator now recognizes some of these situations and will remove the information on the table to allow you to quickly move through the text contained in the message. This allows you to be much more efficient when reading these types of emails.

Known Issues

  • The cursor may not move to the location you read automatically when the narrator automatically reads. open while in Scan Mode.
  • The narrator will start reading when he responds to a message. Press the control key and go to the top of the message to write your response.

The reading of the narrator's Outlook folder has been improved for an optimal triage experience

As you read your emails in Outlook, such as the inbox, the Narrator Now reads the information more efficiently . Each line item now begins with the status of the email, as unread, forwarded, etc., followed by the other columns, such as the subject, etc. The column headings will be silenced and the columns without data or having the default value (the expected value) will be silenced, such as normal importance or without breaks, etc. In Outlook, headers can be reactivated by pressing Narrator + H that will activate and deactivate their reading.

Text cursor indicator

Have you ever had a problem finding the text cursor in the middle of a large amount of text, during a presentation or on the screen in an educational environment? The new text cursor indicator will help you see and find the text cursor wherever you are at any time! Select from a range of sizes for the text cursor indicator and make it an easy to see color. Or, customize the color of the text cursor indicator according to your personal preferences. In the Ease of Access settings, open the new text cursor page, turn on the text cursor indicator, and never lose track of the text cursor again.

 Text cursor configuration page with the option to use it enabled. On one side, there is an example of how it looks floating on the text in Notepad.

Known Issues

  • The color and size of the text cursor indicator may not persist when you log in. To avoid this, simply deactivate and reactivate the "Use text cursor indicator" setting.
  • Occasionally, you may see that the text cursor indicator remains on the screen or reappears after the application has closed or the content of the page has

The updated File Explorer search is extended to all the Insiders

In the next few days, the new File Explorer search experience will be deployed to all Insiders in the fast ring. Thanks to all who have shared comments so far and have helped us improve the experience. Feel free to share any other comments: you can post comments for this area in Files, Folders and Storage> File Explorer in the Comment Center.

 Showing the new drop-down menu that appears when you type in File Browser Search Box.

Application of your telephone – Extension of the telephone model support for the telephone screen

We continue to expand the support for the telephone screen. Today we are pleased to announce the availability of features for these devices:

  • Samsung Galaxy A6, Samsung Galaxy A7, Samsung Galaxy A9, Samsung Galaxy A10, Samsung Galaxy A20, Samsung Galaxy A30, Samsung Galaxy A50, Samsung Galaxy A70, and Samsung Galaxy S8 Active

If you have any of these devices, try the phone screen and send us your comments. We will continue to expand this list of devices over time.

As usual, this compilation also brings a list of bug fixes and general improvements, as well as a couple of known issues, and you can get more information in our separate publication. . It is good to end the week with a new version of Windows 10, and we hope to see how this new Cortana Beta application will evolve in the coming weeks.

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