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Windows 10 Preview Build 18894 Comes to Fast Ring, Gives the Option to Integrate OneDrive Files in Indexed Search

Windows 10 Preview Build 18894 is coming to the fast ring. There are important bug fixes in this build along with some improvements, most notably to the file explorer.

Accessibility improvements

  • Narrator table reading improvements: Narrator is now more efficient when reading tables. Only the deltas are read when navigating. Entering and exiting tables is also less verbose.
  • Narrator web page summary: There’s a new command in Narrator to give a webpage summary! (Narrator + S). Currently this command will give information about hyperlinks, landmarks and headings.
  • Magnifier text cursor setting: Windows Magnifier has a new ability to keep the text cursor in the center of the screen making it easier and smoother to type. Centered on the screen is on by default and can be changed in the Magnifier settings.

General Improvements And Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue resulting in scrolling with the mouse wheel or touchpad not working reliably across the system in the last few flights.
  • Fixed an issue where opening the Memory Integrity page in Windows Security would crash the app.
  • Fxed an issue where the Windows Update icon in taskbar system tray is not high DPI optimized.
  • Fxed a recent issue where the “Add someone else to this PC” window would crash if an MSA-attached user would try to add a local user to the PC.
  • Fixed a typo in the WIN+(period) kaomoji section category names.
  • Fixed a race condition that could result in users getting stuck with an outdated version of the search relevancy logic, impacting subsequent search results.
  • Fixed an issue where Start menu wasn’t launching if the “continue experiences on this device” group policy was “disabled”.
  • Fixed an issue where navigating using Narrator + R command got stuck in PowerPoint Edit View.
  • Narrator no longer reads “null” after each command listed in the Narrator + F2 list.
  • Fixed a problem where Narrator was at low volume and could not be increased.

File Explorer Changes

Improvements to File explorer is the most notable part of the update. Microsoft will roll out a new File Explorer search experience, powered by Windows search. This will help in integrating your OneDrive content with the search index.

What does that mean for you? Once you have the new experience, as you type in File Explorer’s search box, you’ll now see a dropdown populated with suggested files at your fingertips that you can pick from.

– Windows Blog Post

The File Explorer update will be an eventual rollout, with a small percentage of people getting access initially.

Please note that installing builds from the Fast ring and switching to either the Slow ring or the Release Preview will cause problems in enabling optional content such as developer mode. You can read the entire documentation here with all the changes.


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