Microsoft has released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18272 (19H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring on Oct 31, 2018. Microsoft is also providing the ISOs for latest 19H1 builds (18272). You can download ISO files for Insider Preview builds by clicking here. You can use this ISO for making bootable USB or DVD and then install on your PC. This flight will not be available for ARM devices running languages other than English (U.S.). Let’s see what’s new in this insider preview build.
1. Redesigned Sign-in Options for Windows Hello
Microsoft has introduced some improvements to Windows Hello. Listening to feedback from insiders that the previous design was cluttered, and confusing, Microsoft has simplified the Sign-in options Settings. Now you can choose the safest and fastest sign-in option for your needs, be it a PIN or a biometric factor like fingerprint or facial recognition.
2. Input Improvements
Expanding SwiftKey’s Typing Intelligence to More Languages: In RS5 Microsoft has extended support to the following languages in SwiftKey:
- English (Canada) – en-CA
- English (India) – en-IN
- French (Canada) – fr-CA
- French (Belgium) – fr-BE
- French (Switzerland) – fr-CH
- Portuguese (Portugal) – pt-PT
- German (Switzerland) – de-CH
- Spanish (United States) – es-US
If you’re using touch keyboard to write in any of the above languages, you can enjoy the text predictions and shapewriting in this build. If you’d like to compare how the keyboard feels with and without this change, check the options for supported languages under Settings > Devices > Typing > Suggestions and Autocorrections.
Again if you are using a physical keyboard, you can also enjoy keyboard text suggestions supported with the above languages. Text suggestions for the hardware keyboard is a learning tool. You can try it out in one of the supported languages, you can do so by enabling the “Show text suggestions as I type” feature under Settings > Devices > Typing.
Indic Phonetic keyboards now available for PC: This this build Microsoft has added Indic Phonetic keyboards for Hindi, Bangla, Tamil, Marathi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Odia, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam!
How does a phonetic keyboard work? Basically it’s a convenient way of typing that leverages the English QWERTY keyboard – as you type, it will suggest you the possible Indic text translations. For example, if you typed “namaste” using the Hindi Phonetic keyboard you will see suggestion for नमस्ते.
Here are the steps to get started:
- Select Start > Settings > Time & Language-> Language from the navigation menu.
- Select the + icon labeled [Add a preferred language] (or skip ahead to step 4 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 input indicator on the taskbar (or press the Windows key + Space) and select the Indic Phonetic keyboard. Time to type something!
Note: The dictionaries used for the Indic Phonetic keyboards need to be downloaded. Right after adding the keyboard, please connect to Internet – you may need to wait a bit for the dictionary download to finish.
3. Accessibility Improvements
Narrator Caps Lock ON alert while typing: 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”.
It will work even if you have character echo option (“Hear characters as you type”) disabled, and it will work in edit fields as well as password field. By default, Narrator will always alert you regardless of presses of the Shift key as you type alphabetic characters. But you can choose to only be alerted when you press the Shift key together with an alphabetic character, or you can disable the feature altogether.
There are more improvements to come along with new insider builds. Keep updating your Windows 10 to the latest build. Enjoy, have fun.