Insider Preview Fast + Skipahead Release 18922 (20H1) June 19
Microsoft dropped a new combo release (Fast Ring and Skip Ahead Ring together) on Wednesday, June 19. This one installed somewhat faster than its predecessor (18217) according to some reports (and my own personal experience) but others report it as slower. Generally, there seem to be few issues and complaints cropping up. Read more about it (and user experiences) at TenForums.
1809 Gets CU KB4501371 to Build 17763.592 on June 18
1903 got its Cumulative Updates (CUs) on June 11 (as did 1809), but another one showed up on June 18 as well. This one features Edge fixes, a variety of UI tweaks and improvements, and a raft of other stuff (I count 34 bullets in the “Improvements and Fixes” list in the Release Notes). Open issues include a black screen after the update (I wrote a Win10.Guru item about this), Asian language pack gotchas, and a strange Cluster Shared Volume glitch. Read more about it at TenForums, including user reactions and reports.
New Previews for Windows Server vNext and Windows Admin Center
Kari wrote Win10.Guru items for both of these new previews. See Windows Server vNext Preview Build 18917 released and Windows Admin Center Preview Build 1906 Released for more info and pointers to additional resources.
Windows Terminal Now Available at Microsoft Store
There’s been a fair amount of buzz lately about a new version of Microsoft Terminal, which supports remote command line access to networked PCs and devices, and easy access to local PowerShell (6 and Core versions) and cmd.exe. This UWP preview application is currently available for (free) download at the Microsoft Store. For more info, see the Microsoft Developer Blogs post that announces its release. [Note added June 23: this preview works only with Windows versions 1903/18362.xxx or higher.]
MS Acknowledges “Delay” for Windows 10 19H2 Previews
In a Tweet exchange, MS’s own Brandon LeBlanc finally fesses up that MS’s promised release of 19H2 previews didn’t happen this spring, as promised. A recent tweet exchange starting from Windows Central’s Zac Bowden elicited this response from Mr. LeBlanc. We can only hope that 19H2 previews will make an appearance sometime in the relatively near future.
MS Informing Users when PCs aren’t ready for 1903 Upgrade
I guess all the questions, complaints and general consternation about when a PC might or might not qualify for the latest Windows 10 finally spurred some action from MS. Going forward, PCs for which MS is blocking an upgrade will be so informed in Windows Update itself. While it doesn’t disclose the nature or cause of the block, it says “We’re offering this update to compatible devices, but your device isn’t quite ready for it. Once your device is ready, you’ll see the update available on this page.” While it’s not a perfect solution, it does offer more and better communication with end-users. Read more about it at Neowin.net.
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