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Windows 10’s Latest Update Brings “Eye Control” Improvements and New “Your Phone” Features

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Even though Microsoft’s Windows 10 updates are infamous for doing more harm than good, this is not the case for the new Windows 10 build 18932 update which has been recently released. The update is available from the 20H1 branch and it can currently be downloaded by beta users (Windows Preview).  Nonetheless, today we are going to take a closer look at the features that the new update introduces and all the other bug fixes.

Eye Control Improvements

Windows 10 fans should be pleased to find out that the new update comes with improvements for Eye Control. Microsoft has introduced a new mouse drag-and-drop option which makes it possible for users to combine clicks and drags with the “Shift and “Ctrl” modifier keys.

In addition, users who select the “pause” button will now find out that the launchpad gets completely hidden and reappears only when the user looks away from the screen or closes his/her eyes.

“Your Phone “ Notification Changes

Another important change that the new Windows 10 makes is to the Your Phone app. Microsoft has decided to introduce Notification integration to the app which means that users can interact directly with their phone screen by using one-tap and long press. The only smartphones which are eligible to receive the new update are required to run on Google’s Android 7.0 operating system or higher.

New Bug Fixes

Now that we have covered the two main changes that the latest Windows 10 update brings, let’s go ahead and check out all the other bug fixes and “under the hood” changes that introduces.

  • The older settings sync engine has been turned off for 20H1 builds and changes made to settings that have not yet been migrated to the new settings sync engine will stop being sent and received. Some settings may not be migrated. The full list of settings that have been supported for sync are available here, but the list is subject to change during 20H1. Synced settings that are impacted by this change include settings pertaining to taskbar orientation, wallpaper, theming, and others.
  • Updated indexing behavior to exclude common developer folders, such as .git, .hg, .svn, .Nuget, and more by default. This will improve system performance while compiling and syncing large code bases in the default indexed locations such as user libraries.
  • Fixed an issue where the update might have failed the first time you tried to download it with a 0xc0000409 error code.
  • Fixed an issue where recent updates might have failed with a 0x80070005 error code.
  • Fixed an issue for Home editions where some devices couldn’t see the “download progress %” change on the Windows Update page.
  • Fixed a race condition resulting in some Insiders seeing a large number of explorer.exe crashes in recent builds. This is also believed to be the root cause for some Insiders finding that Control Panel wasn’t launching – please let us know if you continue seeing issues after upgrading to this build.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders finding that their File Explorer search box was rendering in an unexpectedly small space and crashed when clicked.
  • Fixed an issue where Settings would crash if you tried to add a language on the previous build.
  • In Word, after showing a “flash message” on a braille display, Narrator is now correctly showing just the current heading.
  • Made a small backend change to the updated Windows Ink Workspace to help improve the launch time.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in Task Manager unexpectedly showing 0% CPU usage in the Performance tab.
  • Fixed an issue that could result in a black remote desktop window for a few seconds when disconnecting from a remote desktop session.
  • Fixed a issue resulting in Direct3D 12 games crashing in the previous flight.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause certain apps to crash when you input Asian characters.
  • Fixed an issue for the Chinese Pinyin IME where, if you were in the middle of finalizing a phrase and clicked away, the next thing you typed wouldn’t show the characters.
  • Fixed an issue with the Chinese Pinyin IME where the mouse over highlight could get stuck on a particular candidate in the candidate window.
  • Fixed an issue with the Chinese Pinyin IME where the candidate window wouldn’t display when typing in the Microsoft Edge search box (Ctrl+F).
  • Fixed an issue resulting in not being able to use touch to open context menus on websites in Microsoft Edge after using pinch to zoom in and back out.
  • Narrator search mode will now reset scoping to all elements each time it is opened.
  • Rolled out the fix for taskbar unexpectedly dismissing when invoking Start if set to autohide to all Insiders in Fast.
  • Fixed an issue where the Bluetooth Hands-Free audio driver (bthhfaud.sys) could get stuck when making or breaking a synchronous connection-oriented (SCO) link to the headset. This would cause all audio on the system to stop working until the system was rebooted.

Known issues

This build has four known issues:

  • If you’re seeing failures installing games via the Xbox app, you can retry the install.
  • 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. Make sure you are running the latest version of your games before attempting to update the operating system.
  • Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly.
  • Tamper Protection may be turned off in Windows Security after updating to this build. You can turn it back on. In August, Tamper Protection will return to being on by default for all Insiders.

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