Lately, Microsoft and the entire Windows 10 community focused more on Windows 10 20H1.

Microsoft releases two new Windows 10 19H2 builds

But now, the tech giant released two new builds for Insiders in the Slow Ring. Windows 10 19H2 Build 18362.10012 and Build 18362.10013 are released simultaneously to test new features.

Speaking of new features, they will be turned off by default in Build 18362.10012. Depending on which build you are currently, you’ll have the new features turned on or off as follows:

  • Users on 19H2 Build 18362.10005 will get the Build 18362.10012 with the features turned off by default.
  • Users on 19H2 Build 18362.10006 will get the Build 18362.10013 with the features turned on by default.

Microsoft is doing this because the testing needs to be controlled and managed, and turning the features on for just a subset of Insiders is the perfect way to do that.

Here is the full list of new features included in the new builds:

  • You can now quickly create an event straight from the Calendar flyout on the Taskbar. Just click on the date and time at the lower right corner of the Taskbar to open the Calendar flyout and pick your desired date and start typing in the text box – you’ll now see inline options to set a time and location.
  • The navigation panel on the Start menu now expands when you hover over it with your mouse to better inform where clicking goes.
  • We have added friendly images to show what is meant by “banner” and “Action Center” when adjusting the notifications on apps in order to make these settings more approachable and understandable.
  • Notifications settings under Settings > System > Notifications will now default to sorting notification senders by most recently shown notification, rather than sender name. This makes it easier to find and configure frequent and recent senders. We have also added a setting to turn off playing sound when notifications appear.
  • We now show the options to configure and turn off notifications from an app/website right on the notification, both as a banner and in Action Center.
  • We have added a “Manage notifications” button to the top of Action Center that launches the main “Notifications & actions” Settings page.
  • We have added additional debugging capabilities for newer Intel processors. This is only relevant for hardware manufacturers.
  • We have made general battery life and power efficiency improvements for PCs with certain processors.
  • A CPU may have multiple “favored” cores (logical processors of the highest available scheduling class). To provide better performance and reliability, we have implemented a rotation policy that distributes work more fairly among these favored cores.

Keep in mind that the Windows 10 19H2 update will come later this year, and despite not being as big as the May update or 20H1, it will still bring some new features and improvements.

Hope that this new controlled way of testing builds will help Microsoft better prepare new features and avoid future problems.