Microsoft Releases New Windows 10 19H2 Builds

Joanna Estrada
August 11, 2019

Windows 10 19H2 testers in the slow ring are getting two different preview builds: 18362.10012 and 18362.10013, which will be delivered to those on 18362.10005 and 18362.10006 respectively.

Thus those cautious souls on the Slow Ring, now prodding 19H2, will receive 18362.10012 with the new toys turned off if they are coming from 18362.10005.

Microsoft has pushed out a pair of Windows 10 preview builds for the big update due later in 2019 (19H2), one of which has all the new features turned off - and those tweaks include some interesting moves, such as the promise of better battery life for laptops running certain processors. The reason why the company is releasing two builds is because its wants to test new capabilities with just subset of Slow Ring Insiders.

On the other hand, if the device is on Windows 10 18362.10006, Windows Update should serve you build 18362.10013 and all features are enabled.

Either way, both the builds come with a number of new features, though one of them simply has the features disabled.

The Calendar flyout on the Taskbar is getting a new feature to quickly create an event without opening the Mail & Calendar app.

There are a few minor tweaks to the interface in this build, however, including making the navigation pane on the Start menu expand when it's hovered over with the mouse.

Microsoft is updating Notifications settings with friendly presentation images to help you understand the difference between "banner" and "Action Center".

Notifications settings under Settings System Notifications will now default to sorting notification senders by most recently shown notification, rather than sender name. We have also added a setting to turn off playing sound when notifications appear.

We have added a "Manage notifications" button to the top of Action Center that launches the main "Notifications & actions" Settings page. This is only relevant for hardware manufacturers.

A CPU may have multiple "favored" cores (logical processors of the highest available scheduling class). Windows 10 has been tuned to utilize a "rotation policy that distributes work more fairly among these favored cores", which should provide better performance and reliability.

Windows 10 19H2 is projected to be finalized in September, so we're only a month or so away from the moment the RTM build should be signed off.

This update is now being tested with help from insiders in the Slow ring, whereas the Fast ring is already experimenting with improvements that will be included in the 20H1 feature update due in the spring of the next year.

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