Here’s all you need to know about Windows 10 update 19H1. Zac Bowden 8 Jan 2019
Microsoft is now hard at work on the next feature update for Windows 10, codenamed 19H1 and scheduled for release this April. This update is expected to include yet more changes, new features, and further UI refinements and improvements. Development of this release is almost at the halfway mark, meaning it shouldn’t be long now before 19H1 is marked as “feature complete” internally and a focus on fixing bugs before release begins.
- A new light theme is available which turns the taskbar, Start menu, and other areas of the Windows Shell white.
- Shadows are now present under several UI elements in including XAML context menus and window popups.
- The login screen now features Acrylic blur effects.
- The Emoji Panel is now drag-able.
- Emoji 12, Kaomoji, and Symbols are available in the Emoji Panel.
- A new “globe” disconnected icon is now present in the System Tray when disconnected from the internet.
- Focus Assist will now automatically turn on when entering full screen in an app.
- You can now customize quick actions directly within the Action Center.
- A new brightness slider is now present in the quick actions area in Action Center.
- The default wallpaper has been updated with lighter colors and a flatter aesthetic.
- Snipping Tool now supports window snip for easy screenshotting of app windows.
- Start and Taskbar jump lists now feature Fluent Design reveal and blur effects.
- The power and account menus in the Start menu how includes icons.
- The Start menu default layout has been simplified, now using a single column with a cleaner setup.
- You can now unpin entire live tile groups in the Start menu.
- The File Explorer icon is now slightly darker to better fit in with the light theme.
- Game Bar has been updated with a new UI.
- Cloud Clipboard’s UI has been tweaked to better suite keyboard and mouse use.
- Friendly Dates are now the default date format in File Explorer.
Search and Cortana
- Search features a new landing page for recent activities and category UI along the top.
- Search and Cortana are now separate.
- Settings homepage has a new personalized banner at the top which provides quick access to Microsoft Rewards, OneDrive, Your Phone, and Updates.
- Users can now theme the Windows Shell separately from apps with a new custom color mode.
- You can now use the Settings app to configure advanced Ethernet IP settings, including configuration of static IP addresses and preferred DNS server settings.
- Task Manager will now tell you which apps are scaling per-monitor or by system.
- Windows Hello settings have been redesigned with a cleaner user experience.
- You can now setup a security key directly in Settings.
- A new enhanced search mode provides granular control over file searching to increased performance.
- Storage settings have been updated with a new design and cleaner user experience.
You can now uninstall several more inbox apps including:
- 3D viewer.
- Groove Music.
- Movies & TV.
- Paint 3D.
- Snip & Sketch.
- Sticky Notes.
- Voice Recorder.
- A new troubleshooting system is present and uses diagnostic data sent from your PC to deliver a set of fixes matching problems that have been detected on your device.
- Microsoft will now recommend a fix when Windows detects an issue.
- “Fix scaling for legacy apps” is now on by default.
- Windows Update has been updated with a new layout that brings forward several functions including pause updates, intelligent active hours, and more.
- Intelligent active hours will automatically adjust your set active hours depending on whether your usage hours change to avoid missing installing an update while not interrupting your workflow.
- You can now manually sync the system clock with Microsoft for accurate timekeeping.
- You can now adjust the size of the cursor.
- You can now create new password-less Microsoft Accounts with just a phone number.
- Windows 10 Enterprise can now use Automatic Restart and Sign-On.
- The pin reset experience has been refined.
- A new Office app is present and provides quick access to your recent documents and Office web apps.
- The “Settings and more…” menu in Edge can now break out of the app window.
- Fixed an issue resulting in the back button in Settings and other apps becoming white text on a white background if you hovered over it.
- You can now read ADLaM documents and webpages with the Windows Ebrima font.
- A microphone icon is now present in the system tray when your microphone is in use.
- Pressing F4 when in Registry Editor will now place the caret at the end of the address bar, expanding the autocomplete dropdown.
- You can now read next, current and previous sentences in Narrator.
- Vietnamese Telex and Number key-based keyboards are now available.
- Indic Phonetic keyboards now available for PC.
- More symbols are now available on the touch keyboard.
- Narrator will now alert you when you are accidentally typing with Caps Lock turned on.
- The modern print dialog now supports light theme.
- The touch keyboard will now invisibly dynamically adjust hit points for letters based on how you type.
- Narrator has a new home experience that lets you launch into specific narrator features.
- Windows Sandbox let’s Pro and Enterprise users run a virtual instance of Windows 10 on top of your active install to test apps.
- You can now set a default tab in Task Manager.
- You can now resize the cursor via a slider, with up to 15 different sizes to choose from.
- Windows 10 Home users will now have light mode enabled by default after a clean install. Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise continues to use dark mode enabled by default.