Windows 10 Insider build 18963 improves the Search experience

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Microsoft just released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18963 (20H1) for all the Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring.

The build adds a lot of important changes and improvements, but also some much needed fixes.

The most notable improvements are:

  • GPU temperature comes to Task Manager – if you have a dedicated GPU card, you will now find its current temperature in Task Manager, under Performance Tab. gpu temperature task manager Preview Build 18963
  • Renaming your virtual desktops – now you can open Task View  from your taskbar and when you click the name of your desktop, it’s an editable field that can be customized even with emojis. rename virtual desktops Preview Build 18963
  • Improving the Optional Features page in Settings – now you have the option to multi-select, better list management, more useful information, and easier page navigation.
  • Adding Mouse Cursor speed to Settingsyou can now set your mouse cursor speed from within Settings > Devices > Mouse. mouse cursor speed in settings Preview Build 18963
  • Making Notepad store-updatable
  • Traditional Chinese IME improvements – new toolbar improvements and Candidate Window improvements.
  • Changes to your account picture in Windows
  • Windows Search improvements – Improved spell correction for Apps & Settings searches, Hints to improve Best match results, bringing the latest Search Home experience to more users. search home experience Preview Build 18963

Here’s the full list of general changes, improvements, and fixes:

  • We fixed an issue where when connected via cellular or ethernet, the Network status would show you weren’t connected, even though you were able to successfully use the network.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the candidate selection in the prediction candidate window for the Japanese IME occasionally not matching the composition string.
  • We fixed an issue where the candidate selection via number keys for the new Simplified Chinese IME did not match with the composition string.
  • We fixed an issue impacting typing speed over remote desktop.
  • We fixed an issue where, when using the emoji panel in certain places with an East Asian language active, it would close automatically after entering a single emoji even if the option to keep it open was enabled.
  • We fixed an issue where typing a very long string with the Vietnamese Telex keyboard without committing could result in the underlying app crashing.
  • We fixed a recent issue where the touch keyboard input a period when pressing the space key when typing in Korean.
  • We fixed an issue where, if the Allow Input Personalization group policy was set to disabled, then search would crash.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in search not returning results after disconnecting from the internet when using a local account.
  • We fixed an issue that could cause the search box to become invisible in the taskbar if you opened Start menu while there was an update pending on your system.
  • We fixed an issue for those using the new Cortana experience, where WIN+C wasn’t bringing up Cortana.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in iCloud calendars not syncing with the Calendar app.
  • In order to help reduce disk footprint, we’re shifting the Connect app to now be available as an optional feature downloadable in Settings.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to setup Windows Hello in Settings in recent builds.
  • We fixed a recent issue where if Sound Settings was open, and you used the hardware volume keys on your PC to update the volume, the master volume slider in Settings might not stay in sync with the current value.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the Graphics Settings drop-down list for Microsoft Store apps being empty.
  • We fixed an issue impacting Snip & Sketch capture reliability in recent builds.

And here’s the list of known issues:

  • Insiders may notice a new “Cloud download” option in the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) under “Reset this PC”. This feature is not working quite yet. We’ll let you know once it is, so you can try it out!
  • 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. We are 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. We are 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. We are investigating the issue.
  • We’re investigating reports that the minimize, maximize, and close title bar buttons aren’t working for certain apps. If you’re using an impacted app, Alt+F4 should work as expected to close the app if needed.

If you’re a Windows Insider in the Fast ring, you can update to the Insider Preview Build 18963 by going into Settings Update & SecurityWindows Update and then checking for new updates.

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