Microsoft releases Windows 10 20H1 Build 18950 and teases forthcoming 'Cloud download' feature

Microsoft released two Windows 10 20H1 builds to Insiders last week --18947, which was pushed out accidentally to all Insiders and sported an ugly revamped Start menu without Live titles, and 18945, which rolled out as expected and came with welcome improvements to Cortana, Windows Subsystem for Linux, and File Explorer.

Today we’re back to how things usually run, with a new build for Insiders on the Fast ring.

Build 18950 isn’t the most exciting of flights -- its headline addition covers Japanese IME improvements, although Microsoft does also reveal that it’s starting to roll out improvements to Snip & Sketch. These changes include a single window mode (so you don’t end up with a load of tabbed screenshots) and zoom functionality. It’s one of those situations where some Insiders will get the changed version and others won’t, for now.

Other general changes, improvements, and fixes in this build include:

  • Insiders may notice some references to "Cloud download" relating to PC reset or refresh. This feature isn’t available and working quite yet. Microsoft will let you know once it is, so you can try it out!
  • Fixed an issue where ctfmon.exe might crash if clicking the input mode indicator in the taskbar to switch the Japanese IME between modes.
  • Fixed an issue where pasting from clipboard history (WIN+V) wouldn’t work when using the Bopomofo IME.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in hanja conversion not working for the updated Korean IME when typing in certain apps.
  • Fixed an issue that could result in the OneNote app intermittently acting as if the Ctrl key was pressed when it wasn’t.

Known Issues in this build are:

  • There has been an issue with older versions of anti-cheat software used with games where after updating to the latest 19H1 Insider Preview builds may cause PCs to experience crashes. To minimize the chance of running into this issue, please make sure you are running the latest version of your games before attempting to update the operating system. Microsoft is also working with anti-cheat and game developers to resolve similar issues that may arise with the 20H1 Insider Preview builds and will work to minimize the likelihood of these issues in the future.
  • Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly.
  • Tamper Protection may be turned off in Windows Security after updating to this build. You can turn it back on. In August, Tamper Protection will return to being on by default for all Insiders.
  • Occasionally, the candidate selection in prediction candidate window for the Japanese IME doesn’t match with the composition string.

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