Windows Insider Preview Build Highlights

Explore the new features—install the most recent Windows 10 Insider Preview Build (20H1).

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

  • Shows four quick searches: weather, top news, today in histroy and new movies.

    New Quick searches in Search Home

    To help you find the info that matters even faster, we’ve added four quick web searches to your Search Home: weather, top news, today in history, and new movies. (Build 19018)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT NEW QUICK SEARCHES

  • Two steps to select a Kaomoji.

    More kaomoji

    Based on your feedback, we've updated our kaomoji list with a few more favorites. (Build 19013)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NEW KAOMOJI

  • Windows logo.

    WSL2 returns unused memory

    As memory is no longer in use in the Linux VM, it will be freed back to Windows, which will shrink in memory size accordingly. (Build 19013)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT WSL2 MEMORY MANAGEMENT

  • Windows logo.

    Your Phone app - Phone Screen feature no longer dependent on Bluetooth

    We've removed the peripheral role dependency for Phone screen, which will expand the overall reach of this feature.5 (Build19013)

    LEARN ABOUT THE BLUETOOTH UPDATE

  • Phone next to PC, with PC screen showing incoming phone call.

     

    Answer phone calls on your PC with the Your Phone app

    No need to dig for your Android phone to answer your personal or work calls. With the new Calls feature—a top request from Insiders—you can answer and initiate phone calls on your PC.4

    LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CALLS FEATURE

  • Lock screen showing PIN in safe mode.

    Windows Hello PIN in Safe mode

    You can sign in with your PIN when in Safe mode so that you no longer have rely on your password when troubleshooting your device. (Build 18995)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT PIN SUPPORT

  • Cell phone battery level indicator on computer screen.

    View your phone's battery level on your PC

    Get quick access to your phone’s battery levels right in the Your Phone app without needing to check your device. (Build 18995)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LATEST YOUR PHONE UPDATES

  • Windows logo.

    Automatic restart for UWP apps

    In addition to registered desktop apps, the restart setting in "Sign-in options" will automatically restart the majority of open UWP apps. (Build 18990)

    LEARN ABOUT ENABLING AUTOMATIC RESTART FOR UWP APPS

  • FPS counter and achievement overlay.

    Track your Xbox Achievements and FPS

    Use the Achievements overlay to track your progress and see what you’ve unlocked. You can also view the frame rate of the game you're playing in the Performance overlay. (Build 18990)

    LEARN ABOUT THE NEW GAME BAR OVERLAYS

  • Windows logo.

    Faster Bluetooth pairing

    No need to go to Settings to finish pairing a device - it can all be done in Notifications. We also made improvements for faster pairing time. (Build 18985)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT BLUETOOTH PAIRING IMPROVEMENTS

  • Windows logo.

    A more convenient view of optional updates

    You can see all optional updates (including drivers, feature updates, and monthly non-security quality updates) in one place by going to "view optional updates" in Settings. (Build 18985)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT VIEWING OPTIONAL UPDATES

  • Windows logo.

    WSL2 support for ARM64 devices

    We’ve also added the ability to set your distribution's default user with the /etc/wsl.conf file. (Build 18980)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LATEST WSL IMPROVEMENTS

  • Windows logo.

    Customize the names of your virtual desktops

    Set any name you like for your different desktops in Task View (WIN+Tab) to make your workspaces more distinct. (Build 18975)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT NAMING YOUR VIRTUAL DESKTOPS

  • New tablet screen with modified desktop icons highlighted.

    A new tablet experience for 2-in-1 convertible PCs

    Enter tablet posture and stay in the familiar desktop experience without interruption, plus take advantage of key touch improvements. (Build 18970)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NEW TABLET EXPERIENCE

  • Windows logo.

    A faster, easier way to reset your PC

    Running into trouble and need to reinstall Windows? Instead of creating a USB stick with installation media, you can now download Windows directly from the cloud. No USB required! (Build 18970)

    LEARN MORE ABOUT RESETTING A PC BY DOWNLOADING WINDOWS

  • 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 easier 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

  • Windows Logo

    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

  • Windows Logo

    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

  • Windows Logo

    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 customization 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 lets you type or speak natural language queries and is faster and more reliable than ever before.3 (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 colors) 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. Starting 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 keybaord. (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 'Make your device passwordless' highlighted.

    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 IMPROVMENTS

  • 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 notification toast, 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 fullscreen 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 you’re on and tell you the title of the page that its 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

  • 'TalkBack' and 'Your Phone Companion' installed services turned on.

    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 dropdown 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) give 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 customization

    Asian Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME) Improvements

    The new IMEs for Chinese Simplified, Chinese Tradtional and Japanese feature improved security, relaiblity 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 expand 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 dialog for enabling high contrast mode. (Build 18855)

    FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WINDOWS SANDBOX ACCESSIBILITY

  • Windows logo

    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 OUT 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 select Android phones running Android 7.0 or greater and requires Windows 10 Version 1803 or later on a Windows 10 PC with a Bluetooth radio that supports low energy peripheral role. For more details see Phone Screen supported devices.
  3. The Cortana icon and new app are available to Insiders worldwide starting with Insider Preview build 18980. Current language support is for English (United States). Additional languages will become available at a later date. You must be signed in to use the new Cortana app. Only limited skills are currently supported with many skills being added over the coming months.
  4. The Calls feature is being rolled out gradually to Windows Insiders. Requires a minimum Windows 10 Version 1903 (OS build 18362.356). Also requires signing into the Your Phone app using the Microsoft account you registered with the Windows Insider Program.
  5. Currently available on Samsung Galaxy Fold, S10, S10+, S10e, A30s, A50s and A90 smartphones with the recent software update that enables the ‘Link to Windows’ feature. We’ll continue to add additional devices in the coming months.