Last week, there was no update from Microsoft for Windows Insider Preview in the Fast ring. But, recently, the company releases Windows 10 Preview Build 19577 for the Insiders in the Fast ring. This update is a minor one with no new features. However, the update comes with some change in diagnostic data and a new icon for Windows Security in the Settings app.
The build 19577 also releases with a list of fixes and improvements along with improvements to Ease of Access features. And now assistant conversations are enabled for Cortana. Also, the team has been experimenting with optional driver updates, which have been announced in build 19551 in January this year and will continue doing it till the end of March.
What’s new in Build 19577:
Diagnostic data changes in Settings: As part of the Microsoft initiative to increase transparency and control over data, we’re making some changes to the Settings app and Group Policy settings that will start showing up in Windows Insider builds this month. Basic diagnostic data is now known as Required diagnostic data and Full diagnostic data is now Optional diagnostic data. If you’re a commercial customer and choose to send Optional diagnostic data, we will also be providing more granular Group Policy settings to configure the data that’s collected within your organization. We’ll publish more specifics around the new policies when we get closer to the retail release, and in the meantime, check out the Microsoft Privacy Report for more information around our data collection practices.
More new icons: Windows Security: We’re continuing to roll out updated icons to many of the built-in apps in Windows 10. In today’s build, we’ve updated the Windows Security icon to match the new design principles outlined here from the Microsoft Design Team. Unlike many of the built-in apps in Windows 10, which can be updated through the Store, the new Windows Security icon is updated through the OS and will rollout in a future Windows 10 feature update.
General changes and improvements
- Following up on our post about the new Cortana app, we wanted to let you know that in addition to timers and instant answers, which lit up last month, assistant conversations are now online. Some examples to try are “tell me a dad joke”, “tell me a bedtime story”, or “rock, paper, scissors.” We appreciate your patience while we worked on this. This is a server-side change, however we’re noting it here for awareness.
- We’ve updated the behavior of Advanced startup (Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Advanced startup “Restart now”) to enable some Ease of Access features to work properly. For example, previously, if the narrator feature was enabled prior to launching Advanced startup, it would stop working. Now, Advanced startup will reboot directly into the Windows Recovery Environment.
- While the Vietnamese alphabet doesn’t include the Latin letters F, J, W, or Z, based on feedback we’re updating the grouping in the Start menu’s all app’s list to account for these letters when using this display language, so that apps like Windows PowerShell are included in the expected group.
- We fixed an issue where input would stop working in some places if clipboard history (WIN + V) was dismissed without pasting anything.
- We fixed an issue resulting in extra characters in the message in File Explorer when no files were listed yet in Recent Files.
- We fixed an issue where, when setting up Windows Hello while using the Arabic display language, the box tracking progress of setup wouldn’t line up with your face.
- We fixed an issue where preferred SafeSearch settings (Settings > Search > Permissions & History) were no longer persisting upgrade.
- We fixed an issue which caused the microphone to sometimes not work on certain devices from Builds 19559 to 19569. If you continue seeing issues with your microphone, please file a problem report in Feedback Hub with “recreate my problem” logs.
- We fixed an issue impacting Explorer.exe reliability when navigating in File Explorer for some Insiders.
- We fixed an issue where using Restart Manager API to restart explorer.exe would result in all open UWP apps being closed as well.
- We fixed an issue that could result in the DWM crashing when inking on your PC.
- We fixed an issue that could result in Outlook crashing if you typed too many characters into the To field using the Korean IME.
- We fixed an issue where, when using Storage Sense to clean up Windows.old, it might not be totally removed.
- We fixed an issue that could result in Settings hanging when accessing Windows Update Settings.
- We fixed an issue where the Family & Other Accounts page wouldn’t finish loading for some Insiders.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the system potentially bugchecking upon toggling Bluetooth ON and OFF after waking back from sleep.
- We fixed an issue for local account users where, until rebooting, night light would no longer work after attaching your Microsoft account.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the machine not rebooting and kicking off the scan when you selected Microsoft Defender Offline Scan in Windows Security.
- We fixed an issue resulting in Windows Update failing with error 0x80070002 for some users.
- We fixed a high hitting DWM crash that some Insiders were experiencing.
It’s been a while since Insiders in the Fast ring tried new features, so we hope that the company will release some in the development branch soon. Thus, to know more about the build 19577, you can check the release notes at Windows Blog.