Windows 10 19H2 build 18362.10005 lets third-party voice assistants work on the lock screen

Today, Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 18362.10005 to the Slow ring. It's the latest and second build from the 19H2 development branch, the first of which was released to the Slow ring two weeks ago.

While 19H2 is considered to be a feature update, it will be a minor one that focuses on quality instead of big new features. That's also why it's shipping in the form of a cumulative update, not changing the major build number from 18362.

This build contains a few minor new features, but one that's fairly significant is that third-party voice assistants can now work above the lock screen. These new features are turned off by default, and will likely be turned off by default when 19H2 ships, as was reported previously.

Here's the full changelog:

  • Windows containers require matched host and container version. This restricts customers and limits Windows containers from supporting mixed-version container pod scenarios This update includes 5 fixes to address this and allow the host to run down-level containers on up-level for process (Argon) isolation.

  • A fix to allow OEMs to reduce the inking latency based on the hardware capabilities of their devices rather than being stuck with latency selected on typical hardware configuration by the OS.

  • Key-rolling or Key-rotation feature enables secure rolling of Recovery passwords on MDM managed AAD devices upon on demand request from in-tune/MDM tools or upon every time recovery password is used to unlock the BitLocker protected drive. This feature will help prevent accidental recovery password disclosure as part of manual BitLocker drive unlock by users.

  • A change to enable third-party digital assistants to voice activate above the Lock screen.

It also contains the fixes from this month's Patch Tuesday update for Windows 10 version 1903.

If you're on the Slow ring, today's build will arrive through Windows Update. If you're not, you can use the Windows Insider Program page in Settings to get started.

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