Windows 10 desktop update

Microsoft today is releasing a new Windows 10 Build 18237 for the Insiders who have enrolled in the Skip Ahead ring. Windows 10 Build 18237 doesn’t come with many new features but comes with Fluent Design improvements to the sign-in screen background.

What’s new in Windows 10 Build 18237

Microsoft is bringing the new acrylic effect to your login screen. It lets you focus on the sign in tasks just by moving the actionable controls.

“With today’s flight, we’re adding acrylic, a type of brush from the Fluent Design System, to the sign-in screen background. The translucent texture of this transient surface helps you focus on the sign-in task by moving the actionable controls up in the visual hierarchy while maintaining their accessibility,” Microsoft writes.

Along with the support for Fluent Design elements to the sign in screen, the new build comes with a bunch of fixes for Skip Ahead Insiders. Below is the full changelog of what’s fixed and broken.

What’s fixed and broken

  • An issue where Task Manager couldn’t be resized in the previous flight has been fixed.
  • The issue resulting in Settings crashing when navigating to Accounts > Sign-in in the previous flight has also been fixed in the latest flight.
  • Microsoft is making some changes to improve the Action Center reliability.
  • An issue with the taskbar flyout didn’t work when opened has also been fixed in this build.
  • An issue for people with multiple monitors where if the Open or Save Dialog was moved between monitors some elements might become unexpectedly tiny has been fixed.
  • The issue resulting in certain apps crashing recently when setting focus to the in-app search box has now been fixed.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where clicking on web links in PWAs such as Twitter didn’t open the Edge browser.
  • The company fixed an issue where pasting multi-line text into certain websites using Microsoft Edge might add unexpected empty lines between each line.
  • A crash in recent flights when using the pen to ink in Microsoft Edge’s web notes has now been fixed in the latest flight.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in Settings crashing for Insiders with multiple monitors when changing various options under Display Settings in the last few flights.
  • We fixed an issue where the contents of the Apps & Features page wouldn’t load until the apps list was ready, resulting in the page appearing blank for a time.
  • An issue where Narrator would incorrectly report some standard combo boxes as “editable combo box” instead of “combo box” has also been fixed in the latest flight.

As is expected with preview builds, there are also some known issues which you should know before downloading the update. Below is the full changelog of what’s broken.

Known issues

  • The issue with Narrator continues to exist and according to Microsoft, the Narrator sometimes would not read the Settings app when you navigate using Tab and arrow keys. You can use Narrator Scan mode until the fix is deployed or you can also restart the Narrator to address the bug.
  • The Action Center and the notifications popup won’t have the acrylic effect (translucency).

As always, you’re recommended to download preview builds on a virtual machine or your secondary PC. If you’re interested, you can join the Insider program and download Windows 10 October 2018 Update right now.

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Akshay Waghray

Akshay Waghray, who holds a degree in Computer Science, was a former technology news reporter for Windows Latest and his area of expertise include Windows. Articles contributed by Akshay have been referred by big publications such as TechRadar, XDA Developers, Future Inc, Purge, and others over the years. At Windows Latest, Akshay has written and edited thousands of articles using his decades long experience with Windows Server and Windows Update for Business.