Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 18267 to the Fast ring - here's what's new

It's a new week, and that means it's time for a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build. Showing up in the Fast ring now is Windows 10 build 18267, the latest preview of the next feature update to the OS, codenamed 19H1.

As usual, the new features are pretty minor, as Microsoft hasn't actually said what's coming in 19H1. For example, last week, we got the ability to uninstall additional inbox apps, but that's about it. We still haven't seen the return of Sets, which started in Redstone 4 development and was pulled, before reappearing in Redstone 5 only to be pulled again.

Here's the full changelog:

Input Improvements

Vietnamese Telex and Number key-based keyboards are now available on your PC: Do you write Vietnamese? We want you to have the best possible typing experience, so we’re happy to announce that with this build you can now use Vietnamese Telex and Number-key based (VNI) keyboards for typing Vietnamese! Bringing these keyboard options to PC has been one of the top feature requests in the input space, so we’re looking forward to you trying it out!

Here’s a short gif of what it looks like (using the touch keyboard so you can see what we’re typing):

If your native language is Vietnamese or you have some knowledge of the Vietnamese language, please try them out with hardware keyboard or touch keyboard and let us know how it feels. Here are the steps to get started:

  1. Select Start > Settings > Time & Language > Language from the navigation menu.
  2. Select the + icon labeled [Add a preferred language] (or skip to step 4 if Vietnamese was already added)
  3. Type “Vietnamese” in the search box and select Vietnamese. Click Next button and install Vietnamese on your device, which will return you to Language page.
  4. Click Vietnamese, and then click Option button. Which will navigate you to Language options: Vietnamese.
  5. Select the + icon labeled [Add a keyboard] (or skip to step 7 if your target keyboard was already added)
  6. Enable the Vietnamese Telex keyboard or Vietnamese Number key-based keyboard (whichever you prefer).
  7. Click the input indicator button on the taskbar (or press Windows key + Space) and select Vietnamese Telex or Number-key based keyboard. Input anything via your hardware keyboard or touch keyboard.

More symbols are now available on the touch keyboard: Now you can easily access more symbols and special characters directly from touch keyboard. After changing to the number & symbols view (&123) on the touch keyboard, just tap the new ‘Ω ‘ key and you’ll now see a number of tabs with lists of symbols.

Accessibility Improvements

  • Narrator works better with Chrome now! Using up and down arrows in scan mode, navigating with tab key, continuous reading commands, and navigating by headings and links have initial support for Chrome, with more functionality coming in future flights.
  • Narrator Braille: BRLTTY version 5.6 is now provided which adds USB support for Inceptor and Orbit 20 displays. In addition, the BrailleNote Touch is recognized when using USB. Liblouis binaries and tables have been updated to version 3.7.0.
  • UI Automation framework IAccessible2 Support: The UI Automation framework now supports translating IAccessible2 information from Chrome, which supports IAccessible2 rather than UI Automation. This enables UI Automation clients to receive the IAccessible2 information through the UI Automation client

Enhanced Mode for Search Indexer

To improve our search indexing, we created a new feature that enables Windows to search all your folders and drives, instead of limiting search to your documents, pictures, videos, and desktop by default. To turn it on, search for Windows search settings, and in the Searching Windows settings, under “Find My Files”, select Enhanced to begin the one-time indexing process. It will take about 15 minutes for search to begin returning these additional files in results. If you have lots of files, it may take longer. Make sure you plug in before you start, indexing is a resource-intensive activity.

When the indexing is complete, you’ll be able to find all your files almost instantly when you use Windows Search. To exclude a folder from search, add it to the Excluded Folders list. Thanks for your feedback about search and the indexer. These improvements were made because of your input. Keep the feedback coming!

As you can see, there's nothing new that's particularly exciting. We've still got months to go before this update is finalized in the spring, so there should be lots to talk about by then.

The Windows 10 October 2018 Update is still missing in action though. The update was pulled from Windows Update just days after its general release, and fixes are still being tested in the Slow and Release Preview rings.

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