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Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 20180 to the Dev channel - here's what's new

It's Wednesday, and that means that it's time for a new Windows Insider Preview in the Dev channel. Today's build is number 20180, and there really isn't much that's new. It's a bit surprising, because at this point, there isn't a whole lot coming in the Dev branch at all.

Just last week, Microsoft released a new Windows 10 20H2 build, which brought over a whole bunch of features that were previously exclusive to the Dev channel. These include the refreshed Start Menu, Alt-Tab for Edge browser tabs, and more.

As for today's news, there are a few notes. For example, Microsoft finally confirmed that a new SDK will arrive alongside each new Dev channel build. It's been happening for a while, but it's official now. Also, those features that were announced for the Dev channel and promoted to the Beta channel are now available for everyone in the Dev channel. If that sounds confusing, that's fine; this was done by the same company that promised no more A/B testing, and then did exactly that.

There are some changes, improvements, and known issues in build 20180. Here's what got changed and improved:

  • Based on feedback, we’re changing the tablet posture logic for 2-in-1 devices to now only apply when using a single screen.
  • Based on feedback we’re updating the new folder icon in the Start menu’s All app’s list to be a little smaller so it better aligns with the size of the other icons.
  • We’ve updated the search box in the Default Apps settings pages to improve performance.

Here's the list of fixes:

  • We fixed an issue in the last flight where Magnifier wasn’t following the curser in the previous build when the zoom was higher than 100%.
  • We fixed an issue where Task Manager wasn’t showing the Publisher name for UWP apps.
  • We fixed an issue when using the Pinyin IME where tapping “/” on the keyboard wouldn’t produce the right character when using full width mode.
  • We fixed a couple issues that could result in crashes when using Alt+Tab to switch to browser tabs.

Finally, here's what's still broken:

  • We’re working on a fix for an issue where some Microsoft Store games protected with Easy Anti-Cheat may fail to launch.
  • We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build.
  • We’re working on a fix for an issue where the min/max/close buttons are stuck in their original positions after resizing a UWP app. If you move the app window the position should update.
  • We’re investigating reports that the new taskbar experience described above isn’t working for some pinned sites.
  • We’re working on a fix for an issue where sometimes the “close all windows” action in the taskbar doesn’t close not all of the open tabs
  • We’re working on a fix to enable live preview for pinned site tabs.
  • We’re working on enabling the new taskbar experience for existing pinned sites. In the meantime, you can unpin the site from the taskbar, remove it from the edge://apps page, and then re-pin the site.
  • We’re working on a fix for an issue where pinned sites don’t show all open tabs for a domain. In the meantime, you can fix this by pinning the site’s homepage rather than a specific page (e.g. pin microsoft.com rather than microsoft.com/windows).
  • We’re working on a fix for an issue where Alt + Tabbing to a browser tab sometimes moves the previously active browser tab to the front of the Alt + Tab list as well.
  • Opening a WSL 1 distribution can result in the error: ‘The I/O operation has been aborted because of either a thread exit or an application request’. Please check out this Github issuefor the latest updates.

As always, you can grab today's build by heading to Settings -> Update & security -> Windows Update. If you're not on the Dev channel yet, you can enroll through the Windows Insider Program tab.

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