Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 18850 to Skip Ahead with Snip & Sketch improvements

It's been a few weeks now since Microsoft released the first build from the 20H1 development branch, skipping right over 19H2. As it turns out, the plan is for a new update to the core that can be used for Azure, which is currently running an older version of the core. 19H2 is still coming to the Fast ring soon, but that will just be built on top of 19H1.

There's really not much in the way of new features for this build, which is common for something this early in the development cycle. The features that we are seeing will certainly make their way to earlier versions of the OS. Remember, 20H1 won't be finalized for over a year.

Windows 10 Insider Preview build 18850 only includes a new version of Skip & Sketch. Here's the changelog:

Snip & Sketch version 10.1901.10521.0

As some of you may have already noticed, we’re in the process of rollout out a new app update to Skip Ahead. It includes a number of fixes based on your feedback, among which are:

  • We fixed an issue that could result in snips being a bit blurry after saving or copying to clipboard.

  • We fixed an issue where copying to clipboard would fail if you switched out of the app while the copy operation was in progress.

  • We fixed an issue where the suggested file name was unexpectedly a GUID for snips opened from Win + Shift + S toast.

  • We’ve added Narrator (screen reader) confirmations when a snip is copied to clipboard.

  • We’ve updated the default save format to be png. You can still use the dropdown when saving to pick your desired format if it’s not png.

  • We fixed an issue where auto-copy changes to clipboard wasn’t working on return from Snip & Sketch settings.

  • We fixed an issue where the app might crash if you closed two app windows one after another.

  • We fixed an issue where the default save file location was documents rather than pictures. In fixing this we also fixed an issue where when saving the save dialog wouldn’t remember where you last saved a snip.

The release notes even said that this version of Snip & Sketch isn't tied to the OS upgrade, so you're going to see it outside of 20H1 at some point.

Naturally, this build is only for Fast ring Insiders that opted into the Skip Ahead subset of the ring. Space is limited, so if you've not signed up by now, you're out of luck.

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