Today (10 August 2018) Microsoft has released Windows 10 build 18214 as part of the 19H1 development for Devices enrolled for the Skip Ahead option of the Windows Insider Program. This is the second preview build (the First one is build 18204) that comes with a minor update that includes only a small set of changes and improvements. According to Microsoft Windows, 10 insider preview build 18214 includes improvement as well as features already included in Redstone 5 like Your Phone, improved networking protocol support, and a bunch of bug fixes.
Note: 19H1 is the replacement codename for the build that many had assumed would be called “Redstone 6.” It’s the feature update to Windows 10 that will follow Redstone 5 and will be expected release around April 2019.
Along with this Microsoft also released Windows 10 build 17735 for devices enrolled in the Fast ring of the Windows Insider Program. This is another minor update for Redstone 5 branch, Didn’t introduce any new features but addresses a bug resulting in the Reveal effect not working with build 17733. It also fixes problems with apps, Windows Mixed Reality, Narrator, and more. Microsoft is expected to roll out Redstone 5 to mainstream users starting around October 2018 as windows 10 version 1809.
Windows 10 19H1 build 18214 (Your Phone app is now LIVE!)
The Microsoft “Your Phone” app now works with Build 18214, as it already does for Redstone 5 testers. With the current build on Android, testers can get immediate access to the most recent Android photos on their PCs, so they can copy, edit or ink on those photos. On iPhone, the YourPhone app only allows users to pick up on their PC where they left off in their browsers on their phones.
For iPhone users, the Your Phone app helps you to link your phone to your PC. Surf the web on your phone, then send the webpage instantly to your computer to pick up where you left off to continue what you’re doing–read, watch, or browse with all the benefits of a bigger screen. With a linked phone, continuing on your PC is one share away.
Windows 10 19H1 build 18214 Added Support for HTTP/2 and CUBIC
Another big change comes in the form of HTTP/2 and CUBIC support for Windows 10 and subsequently Microsoft Edge. The features include full support of HTTP/2 for Microsoft Edge as supported in Windows Server 2019, improved security with Edge by guaranteeing HTTP/2 cipher suites, and improved performance on Windows 10 with CUBIC TCP congestion provider.
Other general changes, improvements, and fixes in this build include:
- Fixed the issue resulting in the Clock & Calendar flyout sometimes not appearing until you clicked Start or the Action Center. This same issue impacted both notifications and the taskbar jump lists appearing.
- Fixed an issue that could result in an unexpected sihost.exe error when entering Safe Mode.
- Fixed an issue where Timeline’s scrollbar didn’t work with touch.
- Fixed an issue where when naming a tile folder in Start it would commit as soon as you pressed space.
- Microsoft has been working on its scaling logic and you should find apps resize better now after monitor DPI changes.
- Fixed an issue where the enabled/disabled state of Fast Startup would be reset to default after upgrading. After upgrading off of this build your preferred state will persist.
- Fixed an issue where the Windows Security icon in the taskbar systray would become a little bit blurrier every time there was a resolution change.
- Fixed an issue where the USERNAME environment variable was returning SYSTEM when queried from an un-elevated Command Prompt in recent builds.
- Updated the messaging in Snipping Tool to more closely align with the commitment Microsoft made here. Microsoft is also exploring renaming its updated snipping experience – bringing together the old and new. The app update with this change hasn’t flighted yet.
Known issues include:
- The dark theme File Explorer payload mentioned here is on its way to Skip Ahead, but not yet there. You may see some unexpectedly light colors on these surfaces when in dark mode and/or dark on dark text.
- When you upgrade to this build you’ll find that the taskbar flyouts (network, volume, etc) no longer have an acrylic background.
- When you use the Ease of Access Make Text bigger setting, you might see text clipping issues, or find that text is not increasing in size everywhere.
- When you set up Microsoft Edge as your kiosk app and configure the start/new tab page URL from assigned access Settings, Microsoft Edge may not get launched with the configured URL. The fix for this issue should be included in the next flight.
- You may see the notification count icon overlapping with the extension icon in the Microsoft Edge toolbar when an extension has unread notifications.
- On Windows 10 in S Mode, launching Office in the Store may fail to launch with an error about a .dll not being designed to run on Windows. The error message is that a .dll “is either not designed to run on Windows or contains an error. Try installing the program again…” Some people have been able to work around this by uninstalling and reinstalling Office from the Store. If that doesn’t work, you can try to install a version of Office not from the Store.
- When the Narrator Quickstart launches, Scan Mode may not reliably be on by default. Microsoft recommends going through the Quickstart with Scan Mode. To verify that Scan Mode is on, press Caps Lock + Space.
- When using Narrator Scan mode you may experience multiple stops for a single control. An example of this is if you have an image that is also a link.
- If the Narrator key is set to just Insert and you attempt to send a Narrator command from a braille display then these commands will not function. As long as the Caps Lock key is a part of the Narrator key mapping then braille functionality will work as designed.
- There is a known issue in the Narrator’s automatic dialog reading where the title of the dialog is being spoken more than once.
- When using Narrator Scan mode Shift + Selection commands in Edge, the text does not get selected properly.
- The narrator sometimes does not read combo boxes until Alt + down arrow is pressed.
- For more information about Narrator’s new keyboard layout and other known issues, please refer to Intro to New Narrator Keyboard Layout doc (ms/RS5NarratorKeyboard).
- Microsoft is investigating a potential increase in Start reliability and performance issues in this build.
Download Windows 10 19H1 build 18214
Windows 10 Build 18214, 19H1 preview update is available immediately through the Skip Ahead option. This preview build will download and install automatically on your device, but you can always force the update from Settings > Update & security > Windows Update and click the Check for updates button.
Note: Windows 10 19H1 Build is only available for users who joined/Part of the Skip Ahead Ring. Or you can check how to join skip ahead ring and enjoy windows 10 19H1 features.