Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 18956 to the Fast ring with always on top Calculator

It's Wednesday at 10am Pacific Time, which can only mean one thing. It's time for another Windows 10 Insider Preview build in the Fast ring. As usual, build 18956 is from the 20H1 development branch, meaning that it's a preview for the feature update that will arrive next spring. If you're looking for 19H2, which is slated for later this year, that's what the Slow ring is for.

As usual, there's nothing really exciting in this build. It has a redesigned Network Status page in Settings, the new always on top feature in the Calculator app, and some other minor features. The new Cortana experience and the new notification settings features are also rolling out to more Insiders.

Here's the full changelog:

A redesigned Network Status page in Settings

Based on your feedback, we’re revamping the Network & Internet landing page in Settings to provide more information at a glance about your device’s connectivity, combining several pages to give you one clear view of how you are connected to the internet.

  • New view of active connections: We now show all available connection interfaces on the Status page, so you can quickly see what is connected and view and change properties as needed. If you have multiple connections, only one will be used for internet connectivity at a time, and that one is still shown in the Status diagram at the top of the page.
  • Integrated Data Usage: As you may have noticed in the picture above, you can now see how much data is being used by a network right from the Status page! If it looks like you’re using a lot of data, you can drill into the Data Usage page to create a limit for that network, which will warn you if you get close or go over your limit. You can also see how much data each app is using on that network.

We hope you like the changes! If you have any feedback about these, you can share it via the Feedback Hub under Network and Internet > Networking Experience – Look and Feel.

Traditional Chinese IME Improvements

Thank you everyone who’s shared feedback about the new Traditional Chinese Bopomofo / ChangJie / Quick IME so far! The development team has been working on improving the quality and fixing bugs based on what you’ve told us, including:

  • Bopomofo, ChangJie, and Quick IMEs: We improved the speed of toggling conversion mode ([中] mode and [英] mode). Now it you can switch between the two faster.
  • Bopomofo IME:
    • We heard feedback that some of you’ve been accidentally hitting the Shift + Space keyboard shortcut, resulting in the character width changing unexpectedly between Half-width and Full-width, so we’ve added a new setting for this if you’d prefer to disable the keyboard shortcut (Note: The default is enabled). To access this setting, right click the [中/英] icon in the taskbar, click Settings > General > “Use Shift + Space to switch character width”.
    • As you may have noticed in the screenshot above, we’re now adding the ability to change the candidate font size, separate from the rest of the system if you find that you need it to be a bit bigger. (You can still change the system font size under [Ease of Access]>[Display]>[Make text bigger].)

  • We also fixed issues where:
    • The candidate numbers sometimes disappeared from the candidate window.
    • Shift+Number wasn’t working for selecting an associated phrase.

Thanks again! If you have any further feedback about these experiences, let us know.

Notification settings improvements now rolling out to all of Fast

Thanks everyone who’s tried out our improvements so far. We’re now starting to roll these out to all Insiders. To recap what you’ll see when you have the change:

  • If you hover your mouse over an incoming notification, you’ll now see a settings icon to make it easy to adjust that app’s notification settings.
  • We’ve updated the design of the per-app notification settings for visual clarity.
  • There’s now a direct link to notification settings at the top of the Action Center.
  • Notifications & Action Settings now has a checkbox for muting the sound of all notifications.
  • By default, the senders in Notifications & Action Settings are now sorted by “most recently sent a notification.”

Cortana rollout increasing to more Insiders using English (United States)

We’re increasing the rollout of the new Cortana experience to now be available for 50% of the Insiders using English (United States). You may need to reboot before you see the change on your PC. Looking for something to try once it appears for you? Try “What’s the weather?” or “Tell me a joke” to get started.

Other Updates for Insiders

Calculator app updates

Over the next few days we’ll be starting to roll out a Calculator app update to Insiders in the Fast ring. This app is most notable because it adds the ability to put Calculator in an Always on Top mode! Thanks everyone who shared feedback requesting this – we look forward to you trying it out. Once you have the updated version, you’ll be able to switch into the Always on Top mode by clicking the icon next to the calculator mode name.

While the new features in the 20H1 builds always seem to be pretty minor, this update has been active development for a while, so those minor features are starting to add up to a lot. And still, there's more to come, being that on a normal development cycle, we wouldn't even be testing this publicly yet.

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