After two weeks of waiting, Microsoft released two Windows 10 previews in one breath today. The Fast Channel user got the Build 17723 update, and the user who chose the Skip Ahead channel earlier this week got the Build 18204 update. This shows that Microsoft’s development work on the RedStone 5 branch is coming to an end, and then it will focus on fixing and improving.
Build 18204 is the first release of the 19H1 branch. In fact, Microsoft has decided not to use the RedStone code to name it, but to distinguish it according to the year and the first half. For example, 19 of this 19H1 represents 2019, and H1 represents the first half. The follow-up will use 19H2, 20H1, 20H2, and so on. The two versions released today have the same update log, and all contain a lot of new features, even though RedStone 5 development has been completed.
The two versions mainly update the following:
Mixed Reality Flashlight
adding the ability to peer into your physical environment through Flashlight – without removing your headset! With the latest Windows Insider Program build, you can open a portal into your real world at any time via the Start menu, a button shortcut, or a voice command. This opens a low-latency pass-through camera feed connected to your controller. It’s comfortable, intuitive, and keeps you immersed.
Microsoft Edge Improvements
New Microsoft Edge Group Policies: The Microsoft Edge team introduced new Group Policies and MDM settings for IT administrators to manage Microsoft Edge. The new policies include enabling/disabling full-screen mode, printing, favorites bar, and saving history; prevent certificate error overrides; configuring the Home button and startup options; setting the New Tab page and Home button URL and managing extensions. Learn more about the new Microsoft Edge policies.
Retired XSS Filter: We are retiring the XSS filter in Microsoft Edge beginning in today’s build. Our customers remain protected thanks to modern standards like Content Security Policy, which provide more powerful, performant, and secure mechanisms to protect against content injection attacks, with high compatibility across modern browsers.
Here comes Emoji 11
Hope you enjoyed World Emoji Day, last week! For those who haven’t already heard, Unicode 11 comes with 157 new emoji – as of today they’re now available for Insiders to try in the build. Including superheroes, redheads, a softball, a pirate flag and a llama all made the cut. You can access them using the Emoji Panel (WIN+.) or the touch keyboard.