Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Windows 10 - 1903 whats new

Windows 10 - Version 1903
Build 10.0.18362.2018

Edge NOT YET with Chromium onboard!

In this release the new chromium based Edge browser is NOT YET onboard by default. You need to download him separately as he is still under development. But you can install and use him side by side with built-in Edge.


  • The rail will now expand when hovering over it for a longer period of time
  • When transparency is disabled, Start will continue to show the wallpaper rather than a solid color as background
  • The power and user menu now use icons to indicate the options, as well as an acrylic background
  • The power button will now show an orange dot when an update is ready to be installed
  • The default start layout has been updated with fewer tiles
  • Start now has its own process called StartMenuExperienceHost

Cortana + search

  • Updated UI with recent activities, updated filters and more Fluent Design elements

Taskbar + Action center

  • When disconnected from the internet, Windows will now show a globe-icon
  • When your microphone is in use, it will show an icon in the system tray
  • The brightness quick action has been replaced with a slider
  • You can now re-arrange quick actions in the Action center itself, or add new quick actions
  • The Windows Update icon will now show an orange dot if an update is ready to reboot the device
  • The microphone icon will now show which app is using the microphone
  • Icons will have to redraw less often, like when the recycle bin is being interacted with
  • Cortana and search have been split up in their own buttons

User Interface

  • The Windows sign-in screen now uses acrylic when the lock screen is dismissed
  • The default wallpaper has been changed
  • The Windows UI now supports a light theme
  • The printing dialog will now follow your color theme
  • The printing dialog now makes more use of icons to make options more clear
  • Long names in the print dialog will now wrap rather than being cut off
  • Action Center now has a shadow like other flyouts
  • Disabling transparency will now also disable it on the logon screen
  • Apps that use native dropdowns will now show shadows below them
  • Light icons in the white theme are now better visible
  • Jumplists will now follow your accent color when your accent color is being applied to the taskbar
  • When focus is set to the search bar, it will now have a colored border following your accent

File Explorer

  • The File Explorer icon has been updated for better contrast with the white taskbar
  • The Downloads-folder will now sort by date by default
  • Friendly dates can now be turned off from the column titles
  • File Explorer now allows you to create files of which the name starts with a dot like ".gitignore"



  • "When I'm using an app in full screen mode" has been added as a new rule to focus assist
  • "Fix scaling for apps" is now enabled by default
  • Quick action settings have been removed and are replaced with the Action center editor
  • "Storage" has been redesigned to merge the detailed view with the main view
  • Unplugging or plugging in a device will no longer make the screen brightness flip between 2 states
  • Nearby Sharing has been added as a default exception to Focus Assist


  • A link to the troubleshooter has been added to "Printers & Scanners"

Network & Internet

  • You can now set advanced Ethernet settings
  • The corresponding Ethernet adapter name will now be shown in the sidebar


  • "Choose your color" has been added to override both "Choose your default Windows mode" and "Choose your default app mode" settings
  • An option has been added to change the Windows mode from dark to light under "Color"
  • Fonts now shows a field where font files can be dragged to to install them on the device


  • You can now create a security key from Sign-in options
  • You can now set Windows up to sign in through an SMS code instead of a password
  • Automatic sign-in is now enabled on Cloud Domain Joined devices
  • Accounts can now be set up to sign in with SMS in all editions

Time & language

  • While installing a new language there will now be an option to set it as the display language
  • Speech recognition and Text-to-Speech are now separate installable pieces of language packs
  • The Region icon has been updated
  • You can now manually sync your clock with the server under "Date & Time"

Ease of Access

  • "Hear advanced information about controls when navigating" has been added as a new setting for Narrator
  • Settings have been added to minimize Narrator Home to the system tray and to remove it from the Alt + Tab list
  • 5 new verbosity levels have been added to Narrator
  • Cursor size now is a slider with support for a larger maximum size and more steps in between
  • The cursor can now be set to a custom color
  • Additionally Narrator voices can now be downloaded without downloading full language packs
  • 11 new pointer sizes have been added

Cortana & Search

  • The page "Searching Windows" has been added and provides options to expand Windows' indexing range


  • The microphone and camera privacy pages now show which apps are using them and when any app last did
  • The "Recommended troubleshooting" setting is now fully functional

Update & Security

  • A setting has been added under "Troubleshoot" that lets Windows automatically troubleshoot issues
  • "Change active hours", "View update history" and "Advanced options" now have icons under Windows Update
  • A link to "Pause updates for 7 days" has been added to the main Windows Update UI
  • Active Hours can now be managed by Windows itself based on your activity
  • The reset UI has been updated to require less clicks and provide a more consistent experience
  • Windows Insider settings have been revamped with a simplified UI


  • Settings will now show your account details at the top of the home page
  • The Search category will now be shown before Update & Security
  • The text on numerous pages has been updated
  • The Settings icon is now grey when the light theme is active rather than black


  • Narrator can now read next, current and previous sentences
  • Narrator has been improved to work better with Chrome
  • USB support for Inceptor and Orbit 20 displays has been added with BRLTTY 5.6
  • Support for the UI Automation framework IAccessible2 has been added
  • Narrator text reading commands can now be used to scan a full window
  • The "Not on explorable text"-error has been removed
  • You can now allow Narrator to read by Sentence in Braille support
  • Narrator will now give phonetic readings when using Narrator key + Comma twice
  • Centered mouse mode in Magnifier should be more performant
  • Narrator Home has been added with an overview for everything you need for Narrator
  • You can now cycle through 5 additional verbosity levels with Narrator + V
  • Narrator + 0 will now allow you to read out an URL completely
  • Narrator will no longer announce "non-selected" in tables with cells where aria-selected isn't set or when you enter or exit a table
  • Capitalization reading is now available for all reading modes
  • Reading and navigation commands now stay within the web page content area when you're using web browsers and other apps
  • Narrator can now follow its reading position with the cursor
  • Narrator text-reading commands are now supported for reading a full window
  • You can now tell Narrator to read any of the following goroups of keyboard keys: Hear letters, numbers, and punctuation as you type, Hear function keys as you type, Hear arrow, Tab, and other navigation keys as you type, Hear when toggle keys like Caps lock and Num lock are turned on or off, and Hear Shift, Alt, and other modifier keys as you type
  • Narrator now supports combo edit controls and will announce them as such
  • Narrator will now tag along with your PIN or password reset
  • Narrator Home's actions have been changed to buttons instead of a listview
  • You can now render the current character's phonetics with Narrator + 5 twice
  • Narrator now better handles reading controls while navigating and editing
  • Narrator is now better in reading tables in PowerPoint
  • When Narrator is on a slider, the left and right arrows will now decrease and increase the slider
  • Narrator now announces the state of hardware buttons
  • Improved support for Narrator in Microsoft Teams
  • In Scan Mode, Narrator will now see the left and right arrows as decrease and increase when on a slider
  • The "not selected" phrase has been removed from speaking in Narrator
  • Narrator now announced headings at any level
  • Narrator can now better handle pull-down menus in Skype desktop
  • Improved pitch change detection
  • Improvements while using Narrator's text movement commands when reading
  • Magnifier with larger pointers will now pan smoothly when as the pointer changes shape
  • "Change how capitalized text is read" has been removed from Narrator

Language and input

  • The emoji panel will now show pages with character-emojis
  • Support for Vietnamese Telex and Number-key based keyboards
  • A large set of symbols have been added to the touch keyboard
  • Support for Emoji 12 beta has been added
  • The on-screen keyboard has been updated to dynamically change the hit target for all keys to predict where someone might tap
  • Improvements to the on-screen keyboard to keep it from expanding over the current text field
  • The timeout period when dictating has been changed from 5 seconds to 10
  • Special symbols and kaomoji have been added to the emoji picker
  • Pressing Win + H to dictate in an unsupported language will now trigger a notification telling you dictation is not available
  • Left Alt + Shift will now trigger a notification telling you about the hotkey and includes a link to Settings to disable it
  • Support for ADLaM and Osage has been added to the keyboard

Input Method Editor

  • Text predictions in the Japanese IME now have an index for quick selection


  • 3D Viewer, Calculator, Calendar, Groove Music, Mail, Movies & TV, Paint 3D, Snip & Sketch, Sticky Notes and Voice Recorder can now be uninstalled


  • A set of new settings have been added under the "Terminal" tab in Console Settings
  • Scroll Forward can now be set to scroll below the most recent row of text after clearing
  • The cursor shape can now be changed to 5 different options (legacy, underscore, vertical bar, empty box and solid box)
  • The cursor color can now be set independently instead of being the negative color of the current background
  • The titlebar will now follow the Windows system theme


  • Support for UTF-8 without Byte Order Mark has been added and is now the default
  • The encoding format of a document is now shown in the statusbar
  • When a file is not saved, an asterisk will be shown at the start of the title in the titlebar
  • Send Feedback has been added under Help
  • Ctrl + Shift + S, Ctrl + Shift + N and Ctrl + W have been added to open Save as..., open a new Notepad window and to close the current Notepad window respectively
  • Support for opening and saving files with a path longer than 260 characters

Registry Editor

  • Pressing F4 will now move the caret to the end of the address bar and open the autocomplete dropdown

Snip & Sketch

  • Window snipping has been added as a new tool

Task Manager

  • Details will now show if an app is DPI aware
  • A default tab can now be set under Options

Windows Mixed Reality

  • Support for Win32 apps has been added

Windows Security

  • A setting has been added to allow you to manage access to the camera and microphone when using Application Guard for Microsoft Edge
  • Controlled folder access blocks have been added to Protection history
  • Protection history now shows you actions to take for certain items
  • Detections made by Windows Defender Offline will now be shown in Protection history
  • Pending recommendations are now shown in the Protection history
  • Tamper Protection has been added as a new option under "Virus & Threat Protection Settings"

Windows Subsystem for Linux

  • You can now manage your WSL distros that are included in the wslconfig command line tool
  • You can now import a distro to non-system drives
  • You can now export WSL distributions
  • The file system of a Linux distro can now be accessed from File Explorer
  • You can now import and export distros from the WSL command line

Other features

  • Antivirus apps must run as a protected process for Windows Defender Antivirus to disable and to show up in Windows Security
  • LEDBAT support has been added to Delivery Optimization
  • The Windows 10 ISO Setup has been reworked with a white design
  • Windows Sandbox has been added as an isolated desktop environment to try apps
  • The Clipboard UI has been updated to be more optimized for text
  • Resetting your PIN now uses the same look and feel as signing in on the web
  • The PIN reset UI is now available for all editions instead of only Home
  • The "Show clear logon background" group policy has been added

And further

  • The Ebrima font has been added to support ADLaM
  • Clean installs of none-Home versions of Windows will no longer use Cortana's voice-over by default during installation
  • Windows will now reserve 7GB space for updates, apps, temporary files and system caches
  • The per-process Fiber Local Storage slot allocation limit has been raised
  • Windows now supports the RAW image format
  • Unknown improvements to gaming

Fixed issues

  • We fixed an issue resulting in the Connect app crashing on launch for some Insiders.

Known issues

  • Launching games that use anti-cheat software may trigger a bugcheck (GSOD).
  • Creative X-Fi sound cards are not functioning properly. We are partnering with Creative to resolve this issue.
  • Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. We are investigating the issue.

Kudos to ChangeWindows Team!