Microsoft have released another Windows 10 build for Windows Insiders to test. The new build is 18329 for Insiders on the fast ring and skip ahead, it features improved search and you can now run Win32 apps in Windows Mixed Reality.
The new search layout has top apps listed across the top which should make it easier to quickly launch your frequently used programs.
Win32 apps in Windows Mixed Reality
An interesting change is the ability to launch Win32 (classic) apps directly in Windows Mixed Reality. Previously only apps from the Windows Store would work in WMR but now you can launch any app installed on your PC. This could be Photoshop, Visual Studio, classic games or anything. They launch in the Windows Mixed Reality environment and you can place them anywhere in your home. The new section is listed as Classic Apps (beta) on the WMR start menu.
I am really look forward to trying this on my main VR machine.
Other changes include ADLaM and Osage keyboard support, and extra dark mode support for the mail app:
Dark mode now extended to Mail and Calendar items: Building on our previous release of Dark mode in Mail and Calendar, we have extended our dark UI to more parts of our app. With this update, Dark mode now works when composing a new message, updating a calendar item or reading your email. This helps provide a calmer reading experience for people that work in a low light environment or just prefer screens that are less bright, and helps to reduce eye strain.
To turn on Dark mode, go to settings, select “Personalization”, and choose “Dark mode”. For those who already have Dark mode enabled, you will see it expand to cover your email reading and compose experiences after receiving the update.
If you prefer to view a particular email in light mode, look for the sunshine icon in the command bar to “turn on the lights” and view the email with a white background. This can help if a particular email is not formatted well for Dark mode.
Here is my hands on video with the new build and also the other change and know issues:
General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC
REMINDER: The new tamper protection setting in the Windows Security app protects your device by helping to prevent bad actors from tampering with the most important security settings. The setting is designed to be on by default, however the default state is not currently in effect for current Insider Preview builds. You may see a new recommendation in the Windows Security app suggesting you turn this setting on.
We fixed an issue resulting in many Win32 apps having an unexpectedly long launch time due to being incorrectly suspended by the OS in the last two flights.
We fixed an issue where the Windows Insider Program settings pages via Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program had a bug preventing Narrator and Screen Reader programs from properly reading the page.
We fixed an issue from the previous flight where Desktop Window Manager would crash if multiple Office and/or video playback applications were running on the same screen on devices with Multiplane Overlay Support.
We fixed an issue resulting video playback going black after rotating a device from landscape to portrait.
We fixed an issue resulting in a green screen with error Kernel_auto_boost_lock_acquisition_with_raised_irql when using an Xbox controller with your PC.
We fixed an issue resulting in USB devices, including mice and keyboards, potentially not working after updating to recent builds.
We fixed an issue resulting in intl.cpl hanging when copying settings.
We fixed an issue resulting in Microsoft Edge not being able to access local IPs.
We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to extend your monitor to a second screen connected via Miracast.
We fixed an issue where when you opened a new Notepad window and pressed CTRL + F, the Find window would unexpectedly be populated with the search query from the last time the Find window was used in a previous Notepad instance.
We fixed an issue from the previous flight that caused consistent black screens when using Remote Desktop, DisplayLink, or Miracast if you are on an AMD or Nvidia driver.
The Windows Security app may show an unknown status for the Virus & threat protection area, or not refresh properly. This may occur after upgrade, restart, or settings changes.
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.
While night light functionality is back up and running, you may still find issues with other blue light reduction software not working.
When performing Reset this PC and selecting Keep my files on a device that has Reserved Storage enabled the user will need to initiate an extra reboot to ensure Reserved Storage is working again properly.
Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. We are investigating the issue.
The value in Narrator Settings “Change the level of detail Narrator provides about text and control” might be empty. To work around this issue, use the Narrator command Narrator key + v to change the verbosity level, then close and reopen Settings app again.
After upgrade, there might be two Narrator voices talking at the same time. Reboot the machine once, this issue will go away.
Windows Sandbox may launch to a black screen for some users.
Taskbar icons may stop loading and appear blank.
Some of the Real-Time Protection options for Malwarebytes Premium are not able to be turned on.
You may see an error when unzipping files.
The brightness slider may not work.
Opening Color filters setting in the Ease of Access setting will crash the Settings app.
Ian Dixon is a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional), founder of TheDigitalLifestyle.com tech site and producer of the weekly The Digital Lifestyle Show podcast. Ian has been writing and talking about Windows for over 10 years and has over 20 years in IT as an IT Manager. Ian has thousands of followers on Twitter and Facebook and over 4 million views on his YouTube channel.