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Explore the new features—install the most recent Windows 10 Insider Preview Build.

On your Windows 10 PC, go to Settings > Update and Security > Windows Insider Programme.1

Windows 10 Insider Preview Features (20H1)

  • Sign-in options screen.

    Control over restarting apps at sign-in.

    When turned on, Windows automatically saves your restartable apps when signing out, restarting, or shutting down Windows, and restarts them next time you sign in. (Build 18965)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT RESTARTING APPS AT SIGN-IN

  • Feedback Search UI updates.

    More visibility of problems in Feedback Hub.

    Problems and Suggestions are more clearly differentiated, making it easer to find problems similar your own and leaving more effective feedback. (Build 18965)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT FEEDBACK HUB UPDATES

  • GPU temperature monitoring in Task Manager.

    GPU temperature comes to Task Manager.

    If you have a dedicated GPU card, we will now bubble up the current temperature next to its listing in the Performance Tab. (Build 18963)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT GPU TEMPERATURE IN TASK MANAGER

  • Windows logo.

    Set names for your different virtual desktops.

    Names help cement separation between workspaces and persist even after reboots. (Build 18963)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT SETTING NAMES FOR VIRTUAL DESKTOPS

  • Improved optional features page in settings.

    Install optional features at the same time.

    The Optional Features page in Settings lets you install multiple features all at once. You can also see the install date and other useful information. (Build 18963)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT INSTALLING MULTIPLE OPTIONAL FEATURES

  • Adding mouse cursor speed to settings.

    Adjust Mouse Cursor speed to Settings.

    You can now set your mouse cursor speed from within Settings. Go to Settings>Devices>Mouse. (Build 18963)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT ADJUSTING MOUSE SETTINGS

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    More responsive updates for 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. (Build 18963)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT NOTEPAD UPDATES IN THE MICROSOFT STORE

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    Sync your account picture across different apps and sites.

    Your updated picture will now show up quickly across Windows, apps, and many of the Microsoft sites you use every day. (Build 18963)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT SYNCING ACCOUNT PICTURES

  • Windows Search screen with hints to improve Best match results.

    A more powerful Windows Search.

    Updates include Improved spell correction for Apps & Settings searches plus hints to improve Best match results. (Build 18963)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT WINDOWS SEARCH UPDATES

  • New view of active connections.

    A more comprehensive view of your network status.

    The Network & Internet landing page in Settings provides more information at a glance about your device’s connectivity. (Build 18956)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT NETWORK STATUS

  • Bopomofo IME settings.

    Traditional Chinese IME improvements.

    Updates include faster switching between [中] mode and [英] mode plus an easier way to change the candidate font size. (Build 18956)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT THE IMPROVED TRADITIONAL CHINESE TYPING EXPERIENCE

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    Option to move the Calculator app so its always on top.

    Simply click the icon next to the calculator mode name so it remains above other windows on your desktop. (Build 18956)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ALWAYS-ON-TOP CALCULATOR OPTION

  • Key and touch customisation screen.

    Improved Japanese typing experience.

    Updates to the Japanese Input Method Editor (IME) include improved discoverability of key assignment settings. (Build 18950)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT THE IMPROVED JAPANESE TYPING EXPERIENCE

  • Windows logo.

    Zoom in on screenshots in Snip & Sketch.

    You can now zoom in on your screenshots if they're a bit too small for you to annotate on (and yes, CTRL+Plus, CTRL+Minus and Ctrl+Mouse wheel are supported!). (Build 18950)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT SNIP AND SKETCH IMPROVEMENTS

  • New Cortana interface.

    An improved Cortana experience.

    The new, chat-based UI supports both light and dark themes in Windows. New speech and language models provide faster, more reliable performance. (Build 18945)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NEW CORTANA EXPERIENCE

  • Example of connecting via localhost to WSL 2 Linux apps from Windows and global WSL configuration options.

    Connect to your WSL 2 Linux networking apps using localhost.

    We've added the option to connect via localhost to WSL 2 Linux apps from Windows and global WSL configuration options. (Build 18945)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT WSL2 IMPROVEMENTS

  • Text cursor indicator.

    A better email reading experience in Narrator.

    Narrator provides a more efficient reading experience when reading messages in Outlook or Windows Mail. (Build 18945)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY IMPROVEMENTS

  • Text cursor indicator.

    Make it easier to find your text cursor in large amounts of text.

    The new text cursor indicator (available in multiple sizes and colours) will help you see and find the text cursor wherever you are at any time. (Build 18945)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TEXT CURSOR INDICATOR

  • New File Explorer search experience screenshot.

    Find the files you need faster with File Explorer.

    Simply click in the text entry box to get recent search terms. Start typing and you'll get a list of recent and relevant files and folders. (Build 18945)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT THE UPDATED FILE EXPLORER SEARCH EXPERIENCE

  • Updated Korean IME.

    Improved Korean typing experience.

    Updates include more accurate and relevant text suggestions when using the touch keyboard. (Build 18941)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT THE IMPROVED KOREAN TYPING EXPERIENCE

  • Notifications integration with Phone screen.

    Phone screen now available on more Surface devices.

    The phone screen feature can now be previewed on the Surface Laptop, Surface Laptop 2, Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro 5, Surface Pro 6, Surface Book and Surface Book 2. (Build 18936)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT PHONE SCREEN FOR SURFACE

  • Sign-in screen with

    Go passwordless with Microsoft accounts on your device.

    Enabling passwordless sign in will switch all Microsoft accounts on your Windows 10 device to modern authentication with Windows Hello Face, Fingerprint or PIN. (Build 18936)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT PASSWORDLESS SIGN IN

  • Task bar showing option to create a Quick Event.

    An easier way to create new events from the taskbar.

    Open the clock and calendar flyout, pick your desired date, start typing and you'll now see inline options to set a time and location. (Build 18936)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT QUICK EVENT CREATE FROM THE TASKBAR

  • Eye control icons.

    Eye control improvements.

    This includes the option to mouse drag-and-drop and also features updated settings to allow you to manage more Eye Control features. (Build 18932)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT EYE CONTROL IMPROVEMENTS

  • Windows logo.

    Narrator will automatically start reading webpages and emails.

    Do you want to hear the most valuable content faster? Narrator now automatically starts reading webpages when they are loaded. (Build 18932)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT NARRATOR FOR WEBPAGES AND EMAILS

  • Magnifier shown in light and dark theme.

    The magnifier works with dark theme and text sizing options.

    The Magnifier window can be displayed with either light or dark themes and also provides you with scaling options. (Build 18932)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT MAGNIFIER IMPROVEMENTS

  • Eye control panel options.

    More discoverable notifications settings.

    When you receive a toast notification, there will be an inline option to turn off notifications for that app or head to the app's notification settings. (Build 18932)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT NOTIFICATIONS IMPROVEMENTS

  • Notifications integration with Phone screen.

    Your Phone app touch functionality.

    Interact with your phone screen using one-touch tap and long press to conveniently open apps, select items, click on links and more, directly on your touch-enabled PC. (Build 18932)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR PHONE TOUCH FUNCTIONALITY

  • Language option screen.

    Check your Language Settings at a glance.

    The new overview section lets you quickly see and set which languages are selected as default for your Windows display, apps, keyboard etc. (Build 18922)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT LANGUAGE SETTINGS IMPROVEMENTS

  • List of feedback similar to entry.

    Find similar feedback in the Feedback Hub.

    A new section in the Feedback Hub automatically checks for feedback similar to yours to help us better understand and address your problem or suggestion. (Build 18922)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT FEEDBACK HUB IMPROVEMENTS

  • Linux screen on Windows.

    Improved performance with Windows Subsystem for Linux 2.

    The new architecture delivers faster file system performance. Plus, full system call compatibility lets you run more applications like Docker. (Build 18917)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT WINDOWS SUBSYSTEM FOR LINUX 2

  • Windows terminal with flames on screen and marshmallows on sticks in front of it.

    Windows Terminal for command-line tools.

    Windows Terminal is a fast, efficient terminal application for users of command-line tools and shells like Command Prompt, PowerShell and WSL. (Build 18917)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT WINDOWS TERMINAL

  • Advanced options screen showing bandwidth.

    More control of bandwidth used by updates.

    You have the option to set a specific amount of bandwidth used for Windows and app updates. (Build 18917)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT DOWNLOAD THROTTLING OPTIONS

  •  Windows Workspace and full-screen snip icons.

    Do more with Windows Ink Workspace.

    The streamlined UI includes a direct link to the Microsoft Whiteboard app — a freeform digital canvas with virtual collaboration, infinite canvas, optional backgrounds and more. (Build 18917)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT WINDOWS INK WORKSPACE UPDATES

  • Windows logo.

    Narrator data table reading improvements.

    Narrator now reads the header data first (when the headers have changed), followed by the cell data and the row/column position for that cell. (Build 18917)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT NARRATOR DATA TABLE READING IMPROVEMENTS

  • Windows logo

    Use Narrator to read out page titles for hyperlinks.

    Rather than tab through "Click me" links, you can have Narrator take the hyperlink that you're on and tell you the title of the page that it's linked to. (Build 18912)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT READING HYPERLINKS WITH NARRATOR

  • Screen with images to select and pop-up message.

    Expanded messaging options for the Your Phone app.

    Send and receive images and GIFs right from the Your Phone app and quickly reply to text messages from toast notifications without having to open the app. (Build 18908)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR PHONE APP MESSAGING FEATURE UPDATES

  • New accessibility features for the Your Phone app.

    Use Narrator to read your Android phone screen, interact with your apps at your preferred magnification and more. (Build 18908)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR PHONE APP ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES

  • Sync over mobile data turned on.

    Sync the Your Phone app over mobile data.

    Sync your photos, messages and notifications over mobile data without having to connect your Android phone to your Wi-Fi network. (Build 18908)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR PHONE MOBILE DATA SYNC

  • Task Manager performance screen.

    Improved Task Manager Performance tab labels.

    You can see the disk type (e.g. SSD) for each disk in Task Manager's performance tab — a convenient detail if you've got multiple disks listed. (Build 18898)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT DISK TYPE VISIBILITY IN TASK MANAGER

  • Screenshot of File Explorer search using Windows Search.

    Search history and suggested files in File Explorer.

    As soon as you click the search box in File Explorer, you'll see the drop-down list with your search history. Start typing in the search box and you'll see a list of suggested files. (Build 18894)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NEW FILE EXPLORER EXPERIENCE

  • Windows logo.

    Narrator web page summary.

    A new command in Narrator (Narrator + S) gives a convenient summary of the webpage you're on, including hyperlinks, landmarks and headings. (Build 18875)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY IMPROVEMENTS

  • Screenshot of notifications from a phone showing up on a PC.

    Get Android phone notifications on your PC.

    The Your Phone app lets you see and manage all your phone notifications in one place on your PC. (Build 18875)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT NOTIFICATIONS AND SET UP

  • Screenshot of notifications from a phone showing up on a PC.

    Project more types of Android phones on your PC.

    We have expanded phone screen support on the Your Phone app to additional phone models — OnePlus 6, OnePlus 6T, Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10, S10+, Note 8, Note 9.2 (Build 18875)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT EXTENDED SUPPORT FOR PHONE SCREEN

  • Key and touch customisation

    Asian Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME) improvements.

    The new IMEs for Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional and Japanese feature improved security, reliability and more. (Build 18875)

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT IME

  • Windows logo

    Bringing SwiftKey to even more languages.

    To improve the accuracy of autocorrections, shapewriting and predictions, we've expanded Swiftkey's typing intelligence to 30 languages. (Build 18860)

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SWIFTKEY LANGUAGES

  • Windows logo

    Better Windows Sandbox accessibility.

    Improvements include microphone support plus a Shift + Alt + PrintScreen key sequence, which activates the ease-of-access dialogue for enabling high contrast mode. (Build 18855)

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WINDOWS SANDBOX ACCESSIBILITY

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    Windows Sandbox support for configuration files.

    These files allow users to configure some aspects of the sandbox, such as vGPU, networking and shared folders. (Build 18841)

    FIND OUR MORE ABOUT WINDOWS SANDBOX CONFIGURATION

  1. Go here for instructions on how to find out which Windows 10 Insider Preview build you have installed. Windows Insider Preview may be substantially modified before it's commercially released. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided here. Some product features and functionality may require additional hardware or software. To view Windows Insider settings, you must have administrator privileges on your PC. For PCs running early versions of Windows 10, go to Settings>Update and Security>Advanced Options>Get Insider Preview Builds.
  2. Phone screen is available on selected Android phones* running Android 7.0 or higher (*Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+/S9/S9+/ S10e/S10/S10+; OnePlus 6/6T; Note 8/9) and requires Windows 10 Insider Preview build 18204+ on a Windows 10 PC with a Bluetooth radio that supports low-energy peripheral role. To check whether your PC supports this: Android phone must be on, within Bluetooth range of the PC and connected to the same network as the PC.