Windows 10 build 18272
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Windows 10 build 18272 (19H1) releases with new features

Microsoft pushes a new preview for Windows 10 19H1 (build 18272) with new changes, and here's all you need to know.

As part of the 19H1 development, Windows 10 build 18272 is now rolling out for testers with devices enrolled in the Fast ring of the Windows Insider Program. This is the eleventh preview that Microsoft is making available, and it includes a number of new features and improvements over the last preview.

Windows 10 build 18272, according to the software giant, introduces changes to set up Windows Hello using the Settings app. The SwitfKey technology expands to more languages. The Indic Phonetic keyboards are not available for computers, and there are some new Narrator improvements.

Windows 10 build 18272

Here are all the changes and improvements expected to arrive with version 1903 in April 2019:

Start menu

In the Start menu, you won’t find big chances, but now you can right-click on a group name or tile folder, and you’ll now have an option to unpin it.

Sign-in options

Starting with build 18272, Windows 10 is designing the Sign-in options settings page has been updated to make it easier for users to set up a Windows Hello authentication method.

Sign-in options for Windows 10 build 18272
Sign-in options for Windows 10 build 18272

SwitfKey

The SwitfKey feature for the touch keyboard experience is now expanding to more languages, including:

  • English (Canada) – en-CA
  • English (India) – en-IN
  • French (Canada) – fr-CA
  • French (Belgium) – fr-BE
  • French (Switzerland) – fr-CH
  • Portuguese (Portugal) – pt-PT
  • German (Switzerland) – de-CH
  • Spanish (United States) – es-US

If you’re using a hardware keyboard, text suggestions are also supported with the above languages.

Indic Phonetic keyboards

In addition to the Indic Traditional INSCRIPT keyboards already available, with this flight, Windows 10 is adding Indic Phonetic keyboards for Hindi, Bangla, Tamil, Marathi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Odia, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.

“How does a phonetic keyboard work? Basically, it’s a convenient way of typing that leverages the English QWERTY keyboard – as you type, we use transliteration to suggest possible Indic text candidates. For example, if you typed “namaste” using the Hindi Phonetic keyboard we would suggest नमस्ते.”

Narrator

On build 18272 and moving forward Narrator will now alert you when you’re accidentally typing with Caps Lock turned on. The setting is enabled by default. To adjust this setting, open the Narrator Settings (Ctrl + Win + N), then navigate to the “Change how much content you hear” heading and review the combo box for “Change when you receive Caps Lock warnings while typing”.

Additional changes

Alongside the new features and improvements, Windows 10 build 18272 includes a few additional smaller changes. For example, the “Forget” option for Wi-Fi profiles is now available for standard users.

Ctrl + Mouse Wheel Scroll to zoom in text is now supported in Command Prompt, PowerShell and Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

When using dark system theme, the scrollbars for Command Prompt, PowerShell and WSL will now become dark as well.

The options to change your default app mode and enable or disable transparency have moved to the top of the “Colors” settings page to make it easier to find.

Microsoft is listing the complete set of improvements, fixes, and known issues for Windows 10 Insider Preview build 18272 at the Windows Blog.

Download Windows 10 build 18272

The update is available immediately through the Fast ring. The preview build will download and install automatically on your device, but you can always force the update from Settings > Update & security > Windows Update and clicking the Check for updates button.

Alternatively, you can download the ISO file for Windows 10 build 18272 from this Microsoft website.

Warning: Although the data loss-related issue has been fixed, it’s not recommended to install pre-releases of Windows 10 on your primary machine. If you’re planning to test this build, make sure to create a backup of your files before proceeding.

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