Windows 10: New Insider Preview Build 20185 lets you access Android apps on your PC

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Windows Insiders will get access to the latest Your Phone features alongside the usual updates and improvements.

Windows Insiders will be able to get hands-on with Windows 10’s new Android app streaming feature from today as Microsoft pushed its latest Preview Build to the Dev channel.

Microsoft announced a major update to its Your Phone app during yesterday’s
Samsung Unpacked event

that will allow owners of select Samsung devices – including its latest
Galaxy Note 20 smartphone

– to stream multiple apps directly to their Windows 10 PC.

SEE: Windows 10 Start menu hacks (TechRepublic Premium) 

The update to the Your Phone app allows users to link their smartphone to their Windows 10 device and access their Android apps from a menu on their Windows desktop. When a user launches an app it opens in a separate window, allowing them to interact with multiple applications at once and carry work, web browsing and social media seamlessly from one device to the other.

While the new integration isn’t planned for general release until later this year, Windows Insiders will get a jump on the new feature: Microsoft announced that the new apps experience in Your Phone is gradually rolling out Windows Insiders “on a PC that is configured to be in the Dev, Beta, or Release Preview.” The ability to run multiple apps simultaneously will be introduced at a later date, Microsoft said.

The Your Phone app will let Samsung smartphone owners run Android apps on a Windows 10 desktop.

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“Starting today, Android phones supporting Your Phone app’s Phone screen feature will be able to preview the Apps feature,” Microsoft said.

The announcement was made in the same post in which Microsoft introduced Windows 10 Preview Build 20185, which has been released to Windows Insiders via the Dev Channel.

The latest update, which succeeds
Preview Build 20180 launched last week

, brings improvements to Windows 10’s DNS settings, making it more easily accessible, top-level from within the network properties page. Windows 10 users can also now encrypt DNS over HTTPS (DoH) directly from the Settings app for added privacy and security while browsing the web.

SEE: Cheat sheet: Windows 10 PowerToys (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

Any IP address listed here can be added to unlock the DoH dropdown, where users can then select encryption. For unrecognised DoH servers, users can configure an IP address to be by using the netsh command documented, which Microsoft outlines here.

New mobile device management (MDM) policies for ADMX files are also included in Preview Build 21085, alongside a bunch of the usual fixes, among them a remedy for a widely reported issue that could result in the network icon in the Taskbar saying there was no internet, despite there being an active connection.

Microsoft has also fixed an issue in which the “close all windows” action in the Taskbar did not close all of the open tabs for pinned sites.

A full list of the updates, fixes and improvements in the new Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20185 can be found here.

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Windows 10: Insider Preview Build 20180 has landed, here’s what’s new

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Another new Preview Build for Windows Insiders, this time bringing theme-aware tiles to the Start menu amongst other improvement and fixes.

Microsoft has delivered its latest Windows 10 Insider Preview – Build 20180 –  which is now available for Windows Insiders via the Dev Channel.

The latest build brings a number of changes to the previous Windows 10 Preview Build 20161, which was released on 1 July and introduced new features including theme-aware tiles on the Start menu. This was previously only available to select Windows insiders, however Preview Build 20180 now brings theme-aware tiles to all insiders. Another new pinned sites feature mentioned in Build 20175 is still only available to a subset of Insiders.

Other tweaks to Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20180 include changes to the experience for Windows users on a two-in-one tablet device, changes made to the search box in default apps to improve performance, and an updated folder icon in the ‘All apps’ list of the Start menu, which has been made slightly smaller so that it aligns more neatly with the other icons in the list.

SEE: Windows 10 Start menu hacks (TechRepublic Premium)

Coinciding with new Preview Build, a new Windows 10 SDK is also being released via the Dev Channel. In a blog post announcing Build 20180 on Windows Blog, Brandon LeBlanc, senior program manager for the Windows Insider Program, wrote: “The Windows SDK is now flighting continuously with the Dev Channel. Whenever a new OS build is flighted to the Dev Channel, the corresponding SDK will also be flighted.”

Insider Preview Builds 20161 and below will expire on July 31st. To avoid hitting this expiration, Insider are reminded to update to Insider Preview Builds 20170 or newer.

A full list of new build features and updates can be found on Microsoft’s Windows Insider Program documentation here. 

Fixes include sorting out an issue where the Magnifier wasn’t following the curser in the previous build when the zoom was higher than 100%, and fixing a couple issues that could result in crashes when using Alt+Tab to switch to browser tabs. 

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