Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 18950 to the Fast ring without cloud download

It's Wednesday, which means that it's time for a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build in the Fast ring. Today's build number is 18950, and once again, it's from the 20H1 development branch.

While it does have some minor new features, it does not include the "cloud download" that was leaked earlier this week. That's coming later. That feature will finally give users the choice between downloading a fresh copy of Windows 10 from the cloud or using a local image when resetting your device.

Here's the full changelog:

Japanese IME Improvements

Thank you everyone who’s shared feedback so far about the new Japanese IME. The development team has been working on improving the quality based on your feedback. Here are some improvements that you can try out in this build:

  • Prediction Candidate window key navigation: We fixed an issue where the focus inside prediction candidate window wouldn’t move when using the Up Arrow key.
  • Key customization: We’ve improved the discoverability of key assignment settings. Also, based on feedback, we’ve updated the default assigned value of Ctrl + Space to be “None”. Ctrl + Space can still be used for toggling IME-on/off by changing the value through its setting.

Please don’t hesitate to continue sharing your thoughts with us about typing in Windows – our ears are open and we’d love to hear from you.

Other Updates for Insiders

Snip & Sketch improvements headed your way

Thanks everyone who’s shared feedback so far for our updated snipping experience! We really appreciate it and are starting to roll out some more improvements based on what you’ve told us:

  • Single window mode: Do you tend to retake snips multiple times in order to get the perfect screenshot? We’re updating the New button to now open new snips in your current app window, so you don’t end up with a ton of open snips (that you then need to close.) If you’d rather keep all snips open in separate windows. the option is now a toggle in settings, so you can decide which mode you prefer.
  • Zoom: Need we say more? You can now zoom in on your screenshots if they’re a bit too small for you to annotate on (and yes, CTRL+Plus, CTRL+Minus and Ctrl+Mouse wheel are supported!). We’ll also zoom out to make sure the whole snip fits in the Snip & Sketch window. If you want to see the snip at its original size, click the Zoom button and then “Actual Size”.

  • Improving WIN+Shift+S discoverability: You mentioned you loved learning about using WIN+Shift+S to take new snips any time and we thought others would too! If you haven’t taken a snip yet, we’ll now use the canvas space in Snip & Sketch to help you learn how to start a snip without needing to open the app first.

These changes are currently available for a portion of Insiders in the Fast ring as we evaluate the quality before continuing the rollout. Note the rollout for each change mentioned above is being handled separately, with separate random populations in the initial rollout, so seeing one of the changes with app version 10.1907.2064.0 doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll see all three.

As you can see, unless you're using the Japanese IME, it's just some improvements to Snip & Sketch. As usual, there will be more new features to come, since this update won't be generally available until next spring.

You can get this build via Windows Update if you're on the Fast ring. If not, you can sign up via the Windows Insider Program tab.

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