Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 18329 to the Fast ring with Win32 apps in Mixed Reality

While there were some doubts as to whether or not there would be a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build this week, the team has pulled it off. Build 18329 is now available in the Fast ring, and it includes some interesting improvements.

For one thing, Win32 apps are now supported in Windows Mixed Reality. Microsoft warns that the feature is still in development, and it may break from time to time. The firm also added top apps to search.

Here's the full changelog:

Introducing Top apps in Search

Get quick access to the apps that you use the most, just open Search Home and you’ll see them under Top apps—no typing required! One more way Search helps you find the things you need.

This change is rolling out server-side, so you may see it outside the bounds of this flight. Stay tuned for more improvements.

Run Desktop (Win32) apps in Windows Mixed Reality

In this update, we added the ability to launch Desktop (Win32) applications (such as Spotify, Pant.NET, and Visual Studio Code) in Windows Mixed Reality, just like how you launch Store apps. Please keep in mind this is feature is still in development and we are actively working on addressing bugs. You may find ways to “break” the feature, and when you do, please file a feedback via Feedback Hub!

To use this feature, bring up Pins Panel, then go to all apps, where you will find a folder named “Classic Apps (Beta)”. In this folder, you will be able to select and launch any Desktop (Win32) applications.

ADLaM and Osage keyboard support

Building on the font support we announced recently, today we’re introducing keyboard support for ADLaM and Osage. ADLaM script is used to write Pular/Fulfulde, the language of the Fulani people of West Africa. Osage script is used to write the Osage language spoken by the Osage Nation in Oklahoma.

Here is an example what you’d see on the touch keyboard when using ADLaM:

To try this out yourself, just go to Language Settings, click Add a preferred language, and search for ADLaM or Osage:

Other Updates for Insiders

Mail & Calendar version 16.0.11231.20082

Currently rolling out to Insiders in Fast, this app update brings:

Dark mode now extended to Mail and Calendar items: Building on our previous release of Dark mode in Mail and Calendar, we have extended our dark UI to more parts of our app. With this update, Dark mode now works when composing a new message, updating a calendar item or reading your email. This helps provide a calmer reading experience for people that work in a low light environment or just prefer screens that are less bright, and helps to reduce eye strain.

To turn on Dark mode, go to settings, select “Personalization”, and choose “Dark mode”. For those who already have Dark mode enabled, you will see it expand to cover your email reading and compose experiences after receiving the update.

If you prefer to view a particular email in light mode, look for the sunshine icon in the command bar to “turn on the lights” and view the email with a white background. This can help if a particular email is not formatted well for Dark mode.

Default Font: We are introducing a top customer requested feature: Default font. Now you can customize how new messages will look. If you create a new mail or reply to an existing mail, the text you type will be in the font face, size, color and emphasis you have selected. To change your default font, go into settings and select “Default font”. Default font applies per-account and does not roam to other devices.

These updates are the latest in a series of updates we’ve made based on your feedback, and we’re looking forward to hearing what you’d like to see improved next!

The interesting thing about Win32 apps on Windows Mixed Reality is that this was one of the selling points of UWP. The Universal Windows Platform was designed to allow developers to create one app that runs on all devices, regardless of the form factor. It will be interesting to see how this progresses.

The Windows 10 19H1 Bug Bash runs until Sunday, so as always, Microsoft wants you to complete those Quests in the Feedback Hub.

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