Windows 10 Build 18963 20H1 for Insiders in the Fast ring

Microsoft has released Windows 10 Build 18963 for Insiders in the Fast ring. This is a new Insider Preview Build from the Windows 10 20H1 branch. The company usually doesn’t deliver new builds on Fridays, but today looks like an exception. This build brings new features and other updates for Insiders with lots of changes and improvements as well.

Some of the major updates cover GPU temperature in Task Manager, ability to rename virtual desktops, adding Mouse Cursor speed to Settings, and many others. Apart from the new entrances, they address Japanese IME, Cloud Download, anti-cheat software used with games, and others.

Windows 10 Build 18963

Here is the complete changelog of Windows 10 Build 18963 20H1

GPU temperature comes to Task Manager

Finally, they listen to the user’s feedback and add temperature monitoring support for the Task Manager. In case you have a dedicated GPU card, there appears a bubble displaying the current temperature. You can access this next to the listing under the Performance tab.

Showing the temperature of the GPU in Task Manager.

We hope you like the change! If you have any further feedback for Task Manager, please don’t hesitate to share it. To make suggestions or report issues in this space, press WIN+F and file the feedback under Desktop Environment > Task Manager in the Feedback Hub.

Notes:

  • Showing the GPU temperature in Task Manager is currently only supported if you have a dedicated GPU card.
  • You may need an updated graphics driver to see the temperature. Specifically one which supports version 2.4 (or higher) of WDDM is required. To check which version your PC has, press WIN+R and enter dxdiag. Under the Display tab, it will say your WDDM version next to Driver Model.
  • Currently the temperature value is only supported in Celsius.

Renaming your virtual desktops

Virtual Desktops exist to help you visually and cognitively separate different tasks on your PC. They can also be handy when doing presentations – enabling you to prepare demos on different desktops. Something we’ve heard loud and clear is that you want to be able to set names for your different desktops, in order to help cement the separation between workspaces, and we’re excited to share that rolling out to Insiders in the Fast ring is exactly that!

Showing virtual desktops in Task View, all of which have names set.

Wanna try it out? With the change, when you open Task View (by selecting the Task View button in the taskbar, or by pressing WIN+Tab,) clicking the name of your desktop will now switch it to be an editable fiel where you can set the name to be anything you’d like (including emoji). You can also right-click the thumbnail of the desired desktop in Task View, and a context menu with a Rename entry in it should appear. If you don’t have any additional desktops created yet, select “New desktop” in Task View to get started.

 

And yes, since we know you’ll ask – the names persist reboot. 🙂

 

Currently this change is live for 50% of Insiders in the Fast ring, and we’ll be expanding the rollout over the next few weeks as we evaluate the quality of experience.

Improving the Optional Features page in Settings

Based on your feedback, we’ve made a number of usability improvements to the Optional Features page in Settings (Settings > Apps & Features > Optional Features), and they’re now starting to roll out to Insiders in the Fast ring.

  • Multi-select: You can now select and install multiple optional features at the same time.
  • Better list management: You can now search through lists of optional features and sort them by Name, Size, and Install date.
  • More useful information: You can now see the install date for each optional feature in your ‘Installed features’ list. We’ve also added feature dependencies to the description of each optional feature in the list of features available for install.
  • Easier page navigation: View the status of your latest installs/uninstalls/cancel right on the main page in the ‘Latest actions’ section. You can now add optional features and view your history via pop-up dialogues, so you never have to navigate away from the main page

We’re excited for you to try it! Currently these changes are live for 50% of Insiders in the Fast ring, and we’ll be expanding the rollout over the next few weeks as we evaluate the quality of experience. Here’s a peek at what you’ll see once it’s available on your PC:

Showing the landing page for optional features – you can see two optional features installing at the top.

Showing the search box when adding a new optional feature.

Adding Mouse cursor speed to Settings

As some Insiders have noticed, you can now set your mouse cursor speed from within Settings! This is the latest piece of our larger ongoing effort to converge Settings and Control Panel experiences. You can find the setting under Settings > Devices > Mouse.

Showing the Cursor speed slider in Mouse Settings.

Making Notepad store-updatable

Notepad has been a well-loved text editor in Windows for over 30 years. Over the last few releases, we’ve been making a number of small improvements to Notepad based on your feedback (including expanded line ending supportwrap around search, and indicating when there’s unsaved content.)

 

Starting with this build, we’re making a change so that future Notepad updates will be automatically available via the store. This will allow us the flexibility to respond to issues and feedback outside the bounds of Windows releases. As always, if you have any feedback for Notepad, we welcome it in the Feedback Hub under Apps > Notepad.

Traditional Chinese IME improvements

Thank you everyone who’s shared feedback about the new Traditional Chinese Bopomofo, ChangJie, and Quick IMEs. The developer team has been working on improving the quality and fixing bugs. With today’s build:

 

Toolbar Improvements: We fixed an issue where toolbar shows up even when [Use IME toolbar] is turned off in the setting. We also added [Hide toolbar] button in the toolbar menu.

Showing the IME toolbar with settings menu.

Note: Other ways to show/hide toolbar:

  • From settings: Right-click [中/英] icon > Click [Settings] > [General] > [Use IME toolbar]
  • From right-click menu: Right-click [中/英] icon > [Show/hide IME toolbar]
  • Candidate Window Improvements: We have been working on improving candidate window quality.
    • We fixed an issue where the candidate window sometimes only showed a limited number of candidates.
    • We fixed an issue where candidates shown in table view cannot be selected by number keys.

Please keep trying out this new IME, and let us know your feedback.

Changes to your account picture in Windows

Changing the picture for the account you use to sign in to Windows is now better than ever! Your updated picture will now show up quickly across Windows, apps, and many of the Microsoft sites you use every day. Previously, you might see as many as three or four different pictures for your account in different apps and sites at one time. Its super easy to try out – just go to Your info in Windows settings and change your picture there!

Steps

  1. Open “Your info” in Windows settings by pressing the Windows key, and typing “Your info,” and selecting “Your account info.”
  2. Use the options in ‘Create your picture’ to select a new picture for your account.
  3. Check if your picture has been updated in Windows, and on the sites and apps, you use.

Note: We’re still working with many sites and apps that will need to be updated to work well with this new feature. For example, the account manager control that appears in the upper right of many Microsoft websites currently updates every 24 hours. They will improve this attribute in a few months so that you can update quickly when your account picture changes.

Other updates for Insiders

Windows Search Improvements

We wanted to take a moment to cover some of the server-side search improvements we’ve been rolling out based on your feedback:

Improved spell correction for Apps & Settings searches

Windows Search has built-in spell correction to help you find what you’re looking for. When you’re typing quickly sometimes mistakes happen – we’re excited to announce that we’ve updated our spell correction technology to intelligently understand and correct small typos like “powerpiont” and “exce;,” which previously would return no results. With these updates, you get better results faster. This feature is now available on both Insider and retail builds in English-language markets. 

Hints to improve Best match results

Showing Windows Search – “free” has been entered in the search box, and “Storage Sense” is the top result. Under it, it says “Related: free up.”

Our goal with Windows Search is to provide a simple, to-use experience, and a key aspect of this is making results easy to understand. Something we’ve heard from you is surprise that sometimes settings search results don’t match your search. To help address this, in certain cases where the Best match result isn’t an exact match for your search, a “Related:” line will be included below the result to help clarify why this result is appearing.  We’ll be expanding this feature to include Apps search in the coming weeks.  This feature is now available on both Insider and retail builds in English (United States).

Bringing the latest Search Home Experience to more users

With the Windows 10 May 2019 Update we updated Search Home to help you save time by adding quick access to your Top apps and Recent activities. After receiving positive feedback and comments about this new experience, we’re now making it available to more users by rolling it out to everyone using the Windows 10 October 2018 Update as well. We hope you find them useful and that they help make Search Home more productive for you.

Here’s a glance at what it looks like for those on the Windows 10 October 2018 Update:

Showing Windows Search Home on the Windows 10 October 2018 update. Screen now shows search filters at the top, below which are Top apps and Recent activities.

We hope you like the changes, and if you have any further feedback about the search, let us know!

 Here’s the full list of general changes and fixes for build 18963

  • Microsoft fixed an issue where when connected via cellular or ethernet, the Network status would show you weren’t connected, even though you were able to successfully use the network.
  • The Company addressed an issue resulting in the candidate selection in the prediction candidate window for the Japanese IME occasionally not matching the composition string.
  • The team resolved an issue where the candidate selection via number keys for the new Simplified Chinese IME did not match with the composition string.
  • They fixed an issue impacting typing speed over remote desktop.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where, when using the emoji panel in certain places with an East Asian language active, it would close automatically after entering a single emoji even if the option to keep it open was enabled.
  • The Company fixed an issue where typing a very long string with the Vietnamese Telex keyboard without committing could result in the underlying app crashing.
  • They fixed a recent issue where the touch keyboard input a period when pressing the space key when typing in Korean.
  • Moreover, they fixed an issue where, if the Allow Input Personalization group policy was set to disabled, then search would crash.
  • They fixed an issue resulting in search not returning results after disconnecting from the internet when using a local account.
  • Build 18963 fixed an issue that could cause the search box to become invisible in the taskbar if you opened Start menu while there was an update pending on your system.
  • They fixed an issue for those using the new Cortana experience, where WIN+C wasn’t bringing up Cortana.
  • The team fixed an issue resulting in iCloud calendars not syncing with the Calendar app.
  • The Company order to help reduce disk footprint, we’re shifting the Connect app to now be available as an optional feature downloadable in Settings.
  • They fixed an issue resulting in not being able to setup Windows Hello in Settings in recent builds.
  • Build 18963 fixed a recent issue where if Sound Settings was open, and you used the hardware volume keys on your PC to update the volume, the master volume slider in Settings might not stay in sync with the current value.
  • They fixed an issue resulting in the Graphics Settings drop-down list for Microsoft Store apps being empty.
  • They fixed an issue impacting Snip & Sketch capture reliability in recent builds.

Here is the complete list of Known issues

  • Insiders may notice a new “Cloud download” option in the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) under “Reset this PC”. This feature is not working quite yet. They will mention about its proper functioning once they fix this anomaly. 
  • There has been an issue with older versions of anti-cheat software used with games where after updating to the latest 19H1 Insider Preview builds may cause PCs to experience crashes. We are working with partners on getting their software updated with a fix, and most games have released patches to prevent PCs from experiencing this issue. To minimize the chance of running into this issue, please make sure you are running the latest version of your games before attempting to update the operating system. We are also working with anti-cheat and game developers to resolve similar issues that may arise with the 20H1 Insider Preview builds and will work to minimize the likelihood of these issues in the future.
  • Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. We are investigating the issue.
  • Further, they are investigating reports that the minimize, maximize, and close title bar buttons aren’t working for certain apps. If you’re using an impacted app, Alt+F4 should work as expected to close the app if needed.