Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 18860 to Skip Ahead with SwiftKey improvements

It's Wednesday, and that means that it's time for a new Windows 10 Insider Preview from the 20H1 development branch. It's build number 18860 and it's available for Windows Insiders on the Skip Ahead subset of the Fast ring.

Remember, 20H1 is still over a year out, so it's still very light on new features. The Fast ring is still finalizing 19H1, and then comes 19H2, so there's an entire feature update between what's available now and 20H1.

The only new feature in today's build is improvements to Swiftkey, making it available for 39 additional languages. Here's the full changelog:

Bringing SwiftKey’s Typing Intelligence to Even More Languages

As many of you know, we’ve been working on bringing SwiftKey’s typing intelligence to Windows. We’re excited to announce that we’re expanding support to these 39 languages:

Afrikaans (South Africa), Albanian (Albania), Arabic (Saudi Arabia), Armenian (Armenia), Azerbaijani (Azerbaijan), Basque (Spain), Bulgarian (Bulgaria), Catalan (Spain), Croatian (Croatia), Czech (Czech Republic), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Netherlands), Estonian (Estonia), Finnish (Finland), Galician (Spain), Georgian (Georgia), Greek (Greece), Hausa (Nigeria), Hebrew (Israel), Hindi (India), Hungarian (Hungary), Indonesian (Indonesia), Kazakh (Kazakhstan), Latvian (Latvia), Lithuanian (Lithuania), Macedonian (Macedonia), Malay (Malaysia), Norwegian (Bokmal, Norway), Persian (Iran), Polish (Poland), Romanian (Romania), Serbian (Serbia), Serbian (Serbia), Slovak (Slovakia), Slovenian (Slovenia), Swedish (Sweden), Turkish (Turkey), Ukrainian (Ukraine), Uzbek (Uzbek)

What does this mean for you? Basically, we’re updating the underlying language model when typing in each of these languages, to improve the accuracy of the autocorrections, shapewriting, and predictions. You’d notice this when using the touch keyboard, or the hardware keyboard text predictions (if enabled).

If you use these languages above to type, help us make your typing experience even better by sharing feedback! (being as specific as possible, if you can). We’ll be posting a Quest about this improvement in the Feedback Hub soon.

If you haven't opted into Skip Ahead yet, you're too late, as space is limited. If you want in, keep checking back, as you'll be able to enroll as space opens up.

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