Here's what's fixed, improved, and still broken in Windows 10 build 18850

Today, Microsoft released its weekly Windows 10 Insider Preview from the 20H1 development branch with improvements for Snip & Sketch. 20H1, for those unfamiliar, is the version of Windows 10 that will be finalized in the first half of 2020. The Skip Ahead subset of the Fast ring skipped over 19H2, which should show up for Fast ring Insiders soon.

Today's build is build 18850, and other than an app update that will show up for earlier versions of Windows 10 at some point, there are no new front-facing features. As always though, there's a long list of fixes, improvements, and known issues.

Here's what got fixed and improved in build 18850:

  • We fixed an issue where Narrator continuous reading in Edge did not keep the text cursor at the position where reading was started from.

  • We fixed an issue where Narrator Scan mode down arrow navigation might get stuck when reading in Chrome.

  • In Windows Sandbox, Settings app no longer crashes when you navigate to the Narrator settings.

  • We fixed an issue where the time shown on the clock in Windows Sandbox might not match the clock outside of Windows Sandbox.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in some devices unexpectedly experiencing a 30 second wait before pin re-entry was available after a pin was incorrectly entered on the lock screen.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in Emoji 12 emoji showing up as boxes in certain XAML text fields.

  • We’ve made some adjustments to improve WIN+(period) reliability.

  • We fixed an issue that could result in the Start menu not launching if the GPO to turn off the all apps list in Start was enabled.

  • We fixed an issue where the default Microsoft Word web tile pinned to Start (in the case where Office wasn’t installed) was unexpectedly launching Microsoft Edge in inPrivate mode.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in Microsoft Edge sometimes crashing when editing or tabbing through PDFs.

  • We’ve made a change to improve cloud clipboard (if enabled) sync reliability.

  • We fixed an issue that could result in the lock screen unexpectedly not dismissing until Ctrl+Alt+Del was pressed.

  • We fixed an issue where if high contrast mode was enabled during Windows setup, that state wouldn’t persist first logon.

Here are the known issues:

  • Launching games that use anti-cheat software may trigger a bugcheck (GSOD).
  • If you use third party apps to adjust the color of your screen, we’ve made a fix with this build to address feedback that certain apps were no longer working. We’re continuing to investigate feedback in this space.

  • For display calibration scenarios, monitors may be missing in the built-in Color Management application. As a work around, please use the Settings app to select color profile instead, under the Display Settings page.

  • When performing Reset this PC and selecting Keep my files on a device that has Reserved Storage enabled, the user will need to initiate an extra reboot to ensure Reserved Storage is working again properly.

  • Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. We are investigating the issue.

  • Mouse pointer color might be incorrectly switched to white after signing out and signing back in.

  • Creative X-Fi sound cards are not functioning properly. We are partnering with Creative to resolve this issue.

  • We’re investigating an issue preventing VMware from being able to install or update Windows Insider Preview builds. Hyper-V is a viable alternative if available to you.

  • If you install any of the recent builds from the Skip Ahead and switch to either the Fast ring or the Slow ring, optional content such as enabling developer mode will fail. You will have to remain in the Fast ring to add/install/enable optional content. This is because optional content will only install on builds approved for specific rings.

This update won't be finalized for over a year, so there are quite a few more features to come. We're still very early on.

As always, this build is only for Insiders that opted into the Skip Ahead subset of the Fast ring. If you did that, you can get today's build by heading over to Settings -> Update & security -> Windows Update -> Check for updates. If you haven't, space is limited and you're out of luck. Keep checking back though, because as space opens up, you'll be able to enroll.

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