The next feature update for Windows 10 (known in the Windows Insider Program as 19H2) will be a scoped set of features for select performance improvements, enterprise features, and quality enhancements. To deliver these updates in a less disruptive fashion, we will deliver this feature update in a new way, using servicing technology (like the monthly update process) for customers running the May 2019 Update who choose to update to the new release. For more details on how we will be releasing this feature update–please read this blog post from John Cable. When 19H2 is officially released, it will be referred to as “version 1909.”
The following new features are being introduced as part of this update.
- This update will be published to WSUS so that customers can
deploy and manage Insider Preview builds alongside their standard
ConfigMan/WSUS approach. See this blog post for details.
- We are offering pre-release support for 19H2 offered to Windows
Insider Program for Business (WIP4Biz) customers who face blocking
issues that prevent them from feature evaluation or device use. See this article for details.
- Windows containers require matched host and container version.
This restricts customers and limits Windows containers from supporting
mixed-version container pod scenarios This update includes 5 fixes to
address this and allow the host to run down-level containers on up-level
for process (Argon) isolation.
- A fix to allow OEMs to reduce the inking latency based on the
hardware capabilities of their devices rather than being stuck with
latency selected on typical hardware configuration by the OS.
- Key-rolling or Key-rotation feature enables secure rolling of
Recovery passwords on MDM managed AAD devices upon on demand request
from Microsoft Intune/MDM tools or upon every time recovery password is
used to unlock the BitLocker protected drive. This feature will help
prevent accidental recovery password disclosure as part of manual
BitLocker drive unlock by users.
- A change to enable third-party digital assistants to voice activate above the Lock screen.
- You can now quickly create an event straight from the Calendar
flyout on the Taskbar. Just select the date and time at the lower right
corner of the Taskbar to open the Calendar flyout and pick your desired
date and start typing in the text box–you’ll now see inline options to
set a time and location.
- The navigation pane on the Start menu now expands when you hover over it with your mouse to better inform where clicking goes.
- We have added friendly images to show what is meant by “banner”
and “Action Center” when adjusting the notifications on apps in order to
make these settings more approachable and understandable.
- Notifications settings under Settings > System >
Notifications will now default to sorting notification senders by most
recently shown notification, rather than sender name. This makes it
easier to find and configure frequent and recent senders. We have also
added a setting to turn off playing sound when notifications appear.
- We now show the options to configure and turn off notifications
from an app/website right on the notification, both as a banner and in
- We have added a “Manage notifications” button to the top of
Action Center that launches the main “Notifications & actions”
- We have added additional debugging capabilities for newer Intel processors. This is only relevant for hardware manufacturers.
- We have made general battery life and power efficiency improvements for PCs with certain processors.
- A CPU may have multiple “favored” cores (logical processors of
the highest available scheduling class). To provide better performance
and reliability, we have implemented a rotation policy that distributes
work more fairly among these favored cores.
- We have enabled Windows Defender Credential Guard for ARM64
devices for additional protection against credential theft for
enterprises deploying ARM64 devices in their organizations.
- We have enabled the ability for enterprises to supplement the
Windows 10 in S Mode policy to allow traditional Win32 (desktop) apps
from Microsoft Intune.
- We’re updating the search box in File Explorer to now be powered
by Windows Search. This change will help integrate your OneDrive content
online with the traditional indexed results. More details here.
- We have added the ability for Narrator and other assistive
technologies to read and learn where the FN key is located on keyboards
and what state it is in (locked versus unlocked).