Microsoft has pushed Windows 10 Build 18272.1000 rs_prerelease to the 19H1 development branch with a number of incremental new features and bug fixes. The latest Windows 10 Preview Build 18272 is available for Insiders on both Fast and Skip Ahead rings and is also available in the form of ISO files for complete reinstallation. When comes to features and improvements the latest build includes new sign-in options for Windows Hello, SwitfKey technology expands to more languages. Also, some improvements made to the Snip & Sketch app, Sticky Notes has been updated to 3.1 with a full-on dark mode and faster syncing, and more.
Windows 10 Build 18272 Features
Here are all the new features, improvements, and other changes included on Windows 10 Build 18272. Note: As per Microsoft blog, Windows 10 build 18272 isn’t available for ARM devices unless they are configured to use English as the default language.
Redesigned Sign-in Options for Windows Hello
With the latest build, Microsoft redesigned the sign-in options for its Windows 10 Hello biometric authentication technology to make it easier for users to set up a Windows Hello authentication method. Microsoft explained on a blog post:
Your feedback that the previous design was cluttered, and confusing is what drove us to simplify the Sign-in options Settings. We believe this update will help you choose the safest and fastest sign-in option for your needs, whether that’s using a PIN or a biometric factor like a fingerprint or facial recognition.
And The Settings page will now explain the individual properties of the options whether you’re using a PIN, fingerprint scanner, or Windows Hello.
Finally, Snip & Sketch screen-shott tool support printing
Snip & Sketch screen-shott tool got some new features that include adding color backgrounds and borders to your screenshots and a printing option. In addition, saving recordings is also supported in the formats .jpg and .gif. For the first time, the app also brings a proper menu for settings.
SwiftKey expend support more languages
With the latest build, Microsoft is expanding the integration of SwiftKey’s Typing Intelligence technology into several new languages, that include French, Portuguese, German, and Spanish. And the company says that users with physical keyboards also receive text suggestions in these new languages. And you can do so by enabling the “Show text suggestions as I type” feature under Settings > Devices > Typing.
Indic Phonetic keyboards are now available for PC
Windows 10 build 18272 Also comes with Indic Phonetic keyboards for Hindi, Bangla, Tamil, Marathi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Odia, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam, as well as with further accessibility improvements, like a Narrator Caps Lock ON alert while typing.
“How does a phonetic keyboard work? Basically, it’s a convenient way of typing that leverages the English QWERTY keyboard – as you type, we use transliteration to suggest possible Indic text candidates. For example, if you typed “namaste” using the Hindi Phonetic keyboard we would suggest नमस्ते.”
To enable this feature you need to
- Open the language settings from Settings > Time & Language-> Language from the navigation menu.
- Select the + icon labeled [Add a preferred language] (or skip ahead if your preferred Indic language was already added).
- Type the name of an Indic language into the search box and select it – for example “Hindi”. Click the Next button and install the Indic language on your device, which will return you to the Language page.
- Now back on the Language page, click the one you just added, and then click the Options button. This will take you to that language’s options page.
- Select the + icon labeled [Add a keyboard].
- Enable the Phonetic keyboard, for example [Hindi Phonetic – Input method editor] – now the languages options page will look something like this:
- Click the input indicator on the taskbar (or press the Windows key + Space) and select the Indic Phonetic keyboard. Time to type something!
The narrator will now alert you when you are accidentally typing with Caps Lock turned on. The setting is on by default. To adjust this setting, visit Narrator Settings (Ctrl + Win + N), then navigate to the “Change how much content you hear” heading and review the combo box for “Change when you receive Caps Lock warnings while typing”.
Sticky Note now supports web sync
Sticky Notes 3.1 is now available with several new features and updates. it is now getting Dark Mode support and better syncing also it’s now available on the web by syncing with OneNote.
Windows 10 build 18272 Improvements and bug fixes
The build also contains fixes for Notepad, Settings app crashing, Speaker enhancement, FLAC metadata in File Explorer, and Task Manager. Some of them include An issue where Task Manager settings wouldn’t persist after closing and reopening Task, Notepad wouldn’t find the last word in the text, Settings app crashes while navigating to Data Usage now fixed.
- Also fixed an issue where starting the PIN removal process in Settings then clicking Cancel when prompted for your password would crash Settings.
- Fixed an issue where twinui.dll would crash on some devices in the last few builds after selecting a wireless display to project to from the Connect flyout.
- The latest build fixed an issue where enhancements selected under Speaker Properties > Enhancements wouldn’t persist on upgrade.
- Fixed an issue resulting in FLAC metadata being cut short in File Explorer and other locations.
- The “Forget” option for Wi-Fi profiles is now available for non-admin users.
- Ctrl + Mouse Wheel Scroll to zoom in text is now supported in Command Prompt, PowerShell, and WSL.
- When using a dark theme (Settings > Personalization > Colors) your scrollbars in Command Prompt, PowerShell and WSL will now become dark too.
- The options to change your default app mode and enable/disable transparency have moved to the top of Colors Settings so it’s easier for people to find.
Windows 10 build 18272 Known issues
- Task View fails to show the + button under New Desktop after creating 2 Virtual Desktops.
- Some users will notice the update status cycling between Getting Things Ready, Downloading, and Installing. This is often accompanied by error 0x8024200d caused by a failed express package download.
- If you have a large number of OTF fonts or OTF fonts that support the extended East Asian character set, you may experience some unexpectedly missing text across the system. We’re working on a fix. If you encounter this issue, navigating to the Fonts folder (c:\windows\fonts) may resolve it.
- PDFs opened in Microsoft Edge may not display correctly (small, instead of using the entire space).
- We’re investigating a race condition resulting in blue screens if your PC is set up to dual boot. If you’re impacted the workaround is to disable dual boot for now, we’ll let you know when the fix flights.
- The hyperlink colors need to be refined in Dark Mode in Sticky Notes if the Insights are enabled.
- Settings page will crash after changing the account password, we recommend using the CTRL + ALT + DEL method to change the password
For a full list of other updates, fixes and known issues, check out Microsoft’s post.
Download Windows 10 Build 18272
If your device is already enrolled for insider builds (fast ring and skip ahead option) and connected to a Microsoft server Windows 10 Build 18272 automatically download and is installed on your PC. Of course, you can force Windows update to install the latest build from Settings, Update & Security. Here from windows update click on check for updates.
Also, Windows 10 Build 18272 ISO files are available for download, You can simply visit the Microsoft official page from here And download the ISO files for complete reinstallation or perform Windows 10 clean installation.