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Windows 10 Preview Might Introduce Alexa to PC Lock Screens


We think it’s safe to say that Amazon’s Alexa is the most powerful AI (artificial intelligence) assistant in the world. Even though Amazon has made Alexa available for Windows powered devices, the AI assistant is still not available from the lock screen which means that Alexa can’t be used the same way as one of Amazon’s Echo devices. Well, it looks like things might change during the upcoming future.

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18632.1005 (19H2)

Microsoft has announced in a new blog post that it’s releasing the 19H2 Build 18362.1005 to Windows Insiders who are enrolled in the Slow ring. The new update introduces a handful of bug fixes and one rather interesting software change. The update is going to make it possible for users to access third-party AI assistants from the lock screen.

Amazon Alexa

Even though Microsoft is not mentioning Alexa by name, the possibility of Alexa receiving a bunch of new features on Windows 10 is highly likely. After all, this is the most powerful and most popular AI assistant in the world. With that said, let’s check out what are the bug fixes that the new Windows 10 Preview update introduces.

New Bug Fixes

  • Windows containers require matched host and container version. This restricts customers and limits Windows containers from supporting mixed-version container pod scenarios This update includes 5 fixes to address this and allow the host to run down-level containers on up-level for process (Argon) isolation.
  • A fix to allow OEMs to reduce the inking latency based on the hardware capabilities of their devices rather than being stuck with latency selected on typical hardware configuration by the OS.
  • Key-rolling or Key-rotation feature enables secure rolling of Recovery passwords on MDM managed AAD devices upon on demand request from in-tune/MDM tools or upon every time recovery password is used to unlock the BitLocker protected drive. This feature will help prevent accidental recovery password disclosure as part of manual BitLocker drive unlock by users.
  • A change to enable third-party digital assistants to voice activate above the Lock screen.