Amazon Alexa now works above the Lock screen on Windows 10

Weekly Digest: Windows 10 updates, OneDrive PWA app, and tech tips

In case you missed it, Windows 10 receives multiple updates with fixes, changes, and new features, the OneDrive app gets an overhaul, and more tips to get the most out of your PC.

This week on Pureinfotech: Microsoft released Windows 10 build 18941 as part of the 20H1 development with minor language improvements.

In addition, Windows 10 build 18362.10006 and build 18362.10005 became available for the 19H2 development with the ability for third-party assistants (such as Amazon Alexa) to run under the Lock screen.

Windows 10 version 1803 and older versions received a new cumulative update outside the Patch Tuesday schedule to address a number of problems, including problems with Microsoft account, file manager for apps, and more. (You can keep up with all the updates for Windows 10 in this guide.)

Microsoft begins testing of a new version of the OneDrive app (the Microsoft Store app, not the sync client) using the Progressive Web App (PWA) platform, and here’s a first look at the app.

In addition to the new update controls, Windows 10 now also has a health dashboard website that allows users to track the progress of known issues with version 1903, and here’s an up-to-date list with all the issues that Microsoft has already resolved.

Microsoft begins the automatic rollout of the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, version 1903, on devices running version 1803, April 2018 Update using Windows Update. (If your device has been upgraded, you can catch up with everything that’s new on version 1903 in this comprehensive guide.)

In case you missed it, you can also download the pick of the week theme: Gears of War — Mad World to refresh your desktop.

Tech tips roundup

This week, you also learned a number of tips to get the most out of Windows 10, including the steps to enable the hidden immersive search experience, and the steps to secure your account using a PIN.

You now know the steps to erase a drive using BitLocker encryption with GParted when using the built-in tools on Windows 10 don’t work.

Although you’re probably already using a Microsoft account on Windows 10, you can also create a local account, which can come in handy to perform certain tasks, or when trying to share your computer with another person.

If you have a device without important files, and you’re not concern about security, Windows 10 includes multiple ways to remove the account password. Alternatively, you can now also go completely passwordless with biometric authentication enabling a new feature available in the latest preview of the Windows 10 20H1 update.

In addition, we also looked at the steps to stop OneDrive from blocking third-party apps from registering the Print Screen key, and you now know the steps to use Robocopy to quickly transfer files over the network.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He's also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ & Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, and LinkedIn.