Microsoft release Windows 10 20H1 Insider Preview Build 18860 to Skip Ahead with Swiftkey improvements, more

Microsoft has released a new Windows 10 20H1 Insider Preview build to the Skip Ahead ring.

What’s new in Windows 10 Build 18860

Bringing SwiftKey’s Typing Intelligence to Even More Languages

As many of you know, Microsoft has been working on bringing SwiftKey’s typing intelligence to Windows. They are excited to announce that they are expanding support to these 39 languages:

Afrikaans (South Africa),  Albanian (Albania),  Arabic (Saudi Arabia),  Armenian (Armenia), Azerbaijani (Azerbaijan), Basque (Spain), Bulgarian (Bulgaria), Catalan (Spain), Croatian (Croatia), Czech (Czech Republic), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Netherlands), Estonian (Estonia), Finnish (Finland), Galician (Spain), Georgian (Georgia), Greek (Greece), Hausa (Nigeria), Hebrew (Israel), Hindi (India), Hungarian (Hungary), Indonesian (Indonesia), Kazakh (Kazakhstan), Latvian (Latvia), Lithuanian (Lithuania), Macedonian (Macedonia), Malay (Malaysia), Norwegian (Bokmal, Norway), Persian (Iran), Polish (Poland), Romanian (Romania), Serbian (Serbia), Serbian (Serbia), Slovak (Slovakia),  Slovenian (Slovenia), Swedish (Sweden), Turkish (Turkey), Ukrainian (Ukraine), Uzbek (Uzbek)

What does this mean for you? Basically, they are  updating the underlying language model when typing in each of these languages, to improve the accuracy of the autocorrections, shapewriting, and predictions. You’d notice this when using the touch keyboard, or the hardware keyboard text predictions (if enabled).

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • Microsoft fixed a Microsoft Edge crash encountered when interacting with combo boxes in PDF forms.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue that could result in night light being on after an upgrade, even though all the settings showed that night light should be off.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where using the slider to adjust the night light strength could result in night light getting stuck on.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where night light was skipping the fade transition when it was turned off (manually or scheduled).
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in increased battery drain while the screen was on in recent builds.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in the “…” menu contents being clipped for certain apps like Voice Recorder and Alarms and Clock when the app was full screen.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders experiencing bugcheck green screens citing a KERNEL_SECURITY_VIOLATION error.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue preventing certain VMs from being able to install or update Windows Insider Preview builds – the VM would hang on the black screen with the Windows logo.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where right-clicking a Wi-Fi entry in the taskbar network list when using light theme would bring up a dark theme’d context menu.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in Settings crashing for some Insiders when clicking the Apps section.

Known issues

  • Launching games that use anti-cheat software may trigger a bugcheck (GSOD).
  • When performing Reset this PC and selecting Keep my files on a device that has Reserved Storage enabled, the user will need to initiate an extra reboot to ensure Reserved Storage is working again properly.
  • Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. Microsoft are investigating the issue.
  • Creative X-Fi sound cards are not functioning properly. Microsoft are partnering with Creative to resolve this issue.

Known issues for Developers

  • If you install any of the recent builds from the Skip Ahead and switch to either the Fast ring or the Slow ring, optional content such as enabling developer mode will fail. You will have to remain in the Fast ring to add/install/enable optional content. This is because optional content will only install on builds approved for specific rings.

Windows 10 users on the Skip Ahead Ring can download the update by Checking for Updates in Settings.

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