Microsoft release Windows 10 20H1 Insider Preview Build 18875 to Fast Ring and Skip Ahead

Today Microsoft has released a new Windows 10 20H1 build to the newly combined Fast and Skip Ahead ring.

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20H1 Build 18875 is, of course, an early build and more likely to have major bugs and issues, and if you do not want to receive this build it would be wise to switch to the Slow Ring or Release Preview Ring.

Here’s what’s new in Build 18875:

East Asian Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME) Improvements:

The New Japanese IME is now available to all Insiders in Fast!

During 19H1, Microsoft announced they were working on a new Japanese IME. Microsoft got a lot of great feedback, and the IME was taken offline for a time while Microsoft worked on improving the experience. Today the IME – now more secure, more stable, with improved game compatibility, and more – is once again available for all Insiders starting with this build. If you already were using the Japanese IME, you’ll automatically have the new one when you install this build – if you weren’t already using the Japanese IME, you can add it by going to Languages Settings and adding Japanese to the list.

 Showing the key and touch customization section in Settings for an IME. Has key assignment options

New IMEs are available for Simplified and Traditional Chinese!

Just like the Japanese IME above, Microsoft has been working on refining your Chinese typing experience, and now has new versions of the Chinese Simplified IMEs (Pinyin and Wubi), as well as the Chinese Traditional IMEs (Bopomofo, ChangJie and Quick). Microsoft has improved the security and reliability by redesigning how they work with applications. You’ll also notice Microsoft has added a cleaner interface for the candidate window and settings pages. Improved and renewed settings of the IMEs are available in the Settings app. If you’re using one of the IMEs and you’d like to check it out, the fastest way there is to right-click the IME mode indicator in the taskbar and select Settings (you can get there from the Language Settings page by clicking the language, and going into options).

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • Microsoft fixed an issue that could result in a freeze on the lock screen if you interacted with the touch keyboard and then switched keyboard layouts.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in Settings sporadically crashing in the last few builds.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders being prompted to setup their device after every reboot.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in some of the text under Settings > System > Storage > Temporary Files being unexpectedly garbled in Chinese and Japanese.
  • Microsoft has made a change in Timeline for keyboard-only users, so if you’re doing a search and haven’t opted in, you’ll no longer have to tab past the opt-in text before you can get to the search results.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue that could cause certain applications to flicker if they were maximized and you launched the touch keyboard.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where, if the Photos tile was pinned to Start, it could potentially result in unexpected battery drain as the tile animation would trigger even if Start wasn’t open.

Known Issues

  • 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. Microsoft is 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. Microsoft is 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. Microsoft is investigating the issue.
  • Creative X-Fi sound cards are not functioning properly. Creative has released updated drivers for some affected X-Fi sound cards. Please refer to Creative’s website for details on your particular hardware and any available updates.

Known issues for Developers

  • If you install builds from the Fast ring and switch to either the Slow ring or the Release Preview 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 Insiders in the Fast and Skip Ahead Ring can download the build by Checking for Updates in Settings.

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