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Here's what's new, improved and still broken in latest Windows 10 preview build 18214 for Skip Ahead (19H1)

Windows 10 insiders preview build 18214 for PC is now rolling out to insiders who have opted for Skip Ahead. Here's what's new and improved in latest Windows 10 preview build 18214 for Skip Ahead (19H1), along with the Known Issues, which are still present in this build. - Story published by Kunal Chowdhury on .

Another golden day for the Windows Insiders, when we got the second build for the day! The first build (17735) was for the Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring, whereas the second build (18214) is for the Windows Insiders who opted for Skip Ahead.


Here's what's new and improved in latest Windows 10 preview build for the Windows Insiders in the Skip Ahead. Don't forget to checkout the known issues.


Here's what's new and improved in latest Windows 10 preview build 18214 for Skip Ahead (19H1)


Microsoft released Windows 10 preview build 18214 for PC to the Windows Insiders in the Skip Ahead. This build is a pre-release version from the 19H1 development branch and contains few new changes and a bunch of fixes to the issues. Those who are in Fast Ring, already aware of the new changes as these were aired with build 17730.


What's new and improved in latest Windows 10 insiders build 18214?

  • The Your Phone app is now live for Insiders who are in Skip Ahead running 19H1 builds. If you are an Android phone user, you can now drag and drop photos from your phone onto your PC. You can now copy, edit, or ink on that photo, right from your PC.
    With the 'Your Phone' app, you can now get instant access to your Android's most recent photos on your PC. Here's some troubleshooting tips to resolve problems with the 'Your Phone' app on Windows 10
  • Windows 10 Microsoft Edge clients will take advantage of connection coalescing for HTTP/2 as supported in Windows Server 2019
  • Improved security on Microsoft Edge browsers by guaranteeing HTTP/2 preferred cipher suites.
  • Improved performance on Windows 10 thanks to Cubic, the new default TCP congestion provider.
  • Fixed the issue resulting in the Clock and 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.
  • As some keen eye'd Insiders noticed, Microsoft is working on 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.
  • Microsoft updated the messaging in the Snipping Tool to more closely align with the commitment made here.


What are the known issues in Windows 10 Build 18214?

  • 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 in 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 it 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. We recommend going through the Quickstart with Scan Mode on. 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 Narrato'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.
  • Narrator sometimes does not read combo boxes until Alt + down arrow is pressed.


Source: Original Release Notes



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