Microsoft has just announced the release of Windows 10 20H1 build 18975 for Fast Ring Insiders, which brings some improvements to the new Cortana beta application that is currently only available to Insiders in the United States. From this compilation, Microsoft will implement the ability to drag Cortana windows across the screen to 50% of Fast Ring Insiders users. The Cortana application windows can also be resized like any other application, and this seems to be a positive change overall.
In addition to these Cortana updates. Microsoft also announced that the ability to rename virtual desktops should now be available to all Insiders in Fast Ring. This is a minor update in general, but you can check the full details about the news below:
Introducing the ability to move the Cortana window
With Cortana's new conversational experience, we understand that you want to keep the chat in March sometimes, and the default position of the window is not always where you would prefer to have it docked if you are going to have more round trip time. That is why we are beginning to display the option of being able to move the window (dragging the area of the title bar), to any place you want on the screen, just as you can do with other windows. You can also change the window size if you wish. Currently, this change extends to 50% of the Insiders with the new Cortana experience, and we will continue the deployment as we validate the quality of the experience.
Windows subsystem improvements for Linux (WSL)
See the latest improvements with WSL in the latest versions of Insider Preview.
Other updates for Insiders
Announcement of the first preview and release of PowerToys code
Yesterday we announced the first preview and the release of the PowerToys code for Windows 10. This first preview includes two utilities: the Windows shortcut guide and a window manager called FancyZones. Check out this article for all the details!
Virtual Desktop Name Change
The ability to rename your virtual desktops is now available to all Insiders in the fast ring! Thanks again to everyone who shared comments that requested it.
To get started:
- Open Task View by selecting the Task View icon on the taskbar or by pressing WIN + Tab.
- Select New desktop.
- Select the desktop name (“Desktop 1”) and it should become editable, or right click on the desktop thumbnail and a context menu will appear with a Rename entry.
- Enter the name you want and press Enter.
As usual, this new compilation comes with new bug fixes and general improvements, and it is worth noting that Microsoft solved a problem solved a problem resulting in some Insiders receiving error 0xC0000142 when trying to upgrade to recent compilations. We invite you to consult our publication separately to see the complete list of quality improvements and known problems in this version.
Last but not least, the Windows Insider team today revealed that the 20H1 Bug Bash will begin on September 25 and will last until October 2. The team will share more details on how Insiders can participate later this month.
More information: 20H1, build 18975, Cortana, Fast Ring, Windows 10, Windows Insider