Microsoft today shipped out a new Window 10 test build for Insiders on the Fast ring. Coming in at build number 18267, this latest release includes a range of input and accessibility improvements, along with a new “Enhanced Mode” for Windows 10’s search indexer. Of course, there’s also a wide variety of general changes and fixes tagging along as well.
Here’s a look at all of what’s new:
- Input Improvements: Vietnamese Telex and Number key-based keyboards are now available on your PC: Do you write Vietnamese? We want you to have the best possible typing experience, so we’re happy to announce that with this build you can now use Vietnamese Telex and Number-key based (VNI) keyboards for typing Vietnamese! Bringing these keyboard options to PC has been one of the top feature requests in the input space, so we’re looking forward to you trying it out!
- More symbols are now available on the touch keyboard: Now you can easily access more symbols and special characters directly from touch keyboard. After changing to the number & symbols view (&123) on the touch keyboard, just tap the new ‘Ω ‘ key and you’ll now see a number of tabs with lists of symbols.
- Narrator works better with Chrome now! Using up and down arrows in scan mode, navigating with tab key, continuous reading commands, and navigating by headings and links have initial support for Chrome, with more functionality coming in future flights.
- Narrator Braille: BRLTTY version 5.6 is now provided which adds USB support for Inceptor and Orbit 20 displays. In addition, the BrailleNote Touch is recognized when using USB. Liblouis binaries and tables have been updated to version 3.7.0.
- UI Automation framework IAccessible2 Support: The UI Automation framework now supports translating IAccessible2 information from Chrome, which supports IAccessible2 rather than UI Automation. This enables UI Automation clients to receive the IAccessible2 information through the UI Automation client
- Enhanced Mode for Search Indexer: To improve our search indexing, we created a new feature that enables Windows to search all your folders and drives, instead of limiting search to your documents, pictures, videos, and desktop by default. To turn it on, search for Windows search settings, and in the Searching Windows settings, under “Find My Files”, select Enhanced to begin the one-time indexing process. It will take about 15 minutes for search to begin returning these additional files in results. If you have lots of files, it may take longer. Make sure you plug in before you start, indexing is a resource-intensive activity. When the indexing is complete, you’ll be able to find all your files almost instantly when you use Windows Search.
General changes, improvements, and fixes
- We fixed an issue resulting in Settings crashing when invoking actions on certain places, including under Windows Security.
- We fixed an issue resulting in some Insider experiencing green screens with IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL in the previous flight.
- We fixed an issue where the Action Center might suddenly appear on the opposite side of the screen before appearing on the correct side.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the Action Center icon sometimes showing a number of unread notifications, however when you opened Action Center it would be blank.
- We fixed an issue resulting in Settings crashes on launch for a small number of users.
- We fixed an issue resulting in recently opened items sometimes showing in jump lists even though “Show recently opened items in jump lists” was disabled in Settings.
- We fixed an issue where the Built-in Phrases Setting page for the Pinyin IME would hang for a time if you clicked any phase in the list.
- We fixed an issue where Uninstall would still be shown as an option when right-clicking apps in Start if the group policy “Prevent users from uninstalling applications from Start” was enabled.
- We fixed an issue where if you had an inbox app with a version number longer than 20 characters it wouldn’t be returned as a result if you searched for it.
- We fixed an issue resulting in switching audio endpoints from the volume flyout in the taskbar not working in the last few flights.
- We fixed an issue resulting in some users having issues launching inbox apps after updating to the last few flights.
- We fixed an issue where if word wrap was enabled when using Notepad with a screen reader some words might unexpectedly be read out as two half words rather than one.
- 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 with error 0x8024200d caused by a failed express package download.
- If you change Task Manager settings, the next time Task Manager is opened it will revert to default.
- If you have a 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:windowsfonts) may resolve it.
As always, you can take a look at the full release notes on the Windows Blog. Otherwise, Fast ring Insiders can grab build 18267 now via Windows Update.