Windows 10 19H1 Gets Its First Preview Build of the Year

Kelley Robertson
January 7, 2019

After that, Windows 10 will be the only supported operating system Microsoft manufacturers - assuming, of course, that the company doesn't change its mind and release a Windows 11 at some point between now and then. Those who buy gadgets with Windows 10 Home pre-installed will still be greeted by the voice assistant upon initial startup, but at least the problem's being improved for those who are the most annoyed by it. If silencing Cortana with Preview Build 18309 is a gift to professional Windows 10 users, expanding password-less Microsoft accounts to every version of Windows 10 is Microsoft's gift to itself.

If you don't already have a password-less phone number account, you can create one in a mobile app like Word on your iOS or Android device to try it out. This is handy, because right now Windows 10 19H1 is somewhat light on whizzbang features and heavy on fit and finish.

Microsoft's crusade against passwords continued with the expansion of password-less Microsoft accounts.

If you have a Microsoft account with your phone number, you can use the one-time SMS code to sign in and setup your Windows 10 account. Fast Ring Insiders can now download the preview build 18309, which is quite a minor update compared to the previous flight.

The point here is that Microsoft really needs to learn to streamline the Windows 10 setup experience going forward.

While it's true to say that Windows 10 is now the most popular desktop OS, it's still a very close run race.


Windows 10 is supposed to start the passwordless revolution.

Lock your device and choose the phone number account from the sign-in screen. Users no longer need to download language packs to add voices in other languages.

With the rise of biometric security in a number of fields, it's likely that other tech giants will eventually follow Microsoft's lead and eliminate traditional passwords in favor of face scans, fingerprints, tokens, or other options.

For easier navigation, you can now tab between all the main actions on Narrator Home, such as Quick Start and Settings. During subsequent log-ins, you will be using Windows Hello to access your account.

Of course, as it the case with all early Insider preview builds, this one includes a healthy list of known issues for both user and developers.

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