Windows 10 19H2 Insider Preview Build Now Rolling Out, Adding Voice Activation

April 3, 2022 0 Comments

We may soon be able to access Alexa via voice commands even when a computer is locked.

Microsoft has announced the roll-out of its Windows 10 19H2 Insider preview build Windows Insider in Slow Ring. This new update was previously teased as a relatively minor update that brings improvements and minor enhancements to the features brought in the Windows 10 May 2019 update. This is true because only four new changes and improvements have been made in the new update. However, one of the changes indicates a major feature that may soon enter Windows 10. With this update, Windows will enable third-party digital assistant voice activation ‘above’ the lock screen. Looks like ‘above’ the lock screen means anyone can call a digital assistant even when their computer is locked.

Although not explicitly mentioned in the blog post, this new change could soon bring Alexa as a voice assistant that can be accessed on the computer’s lock screen. This is being speculated as Microsoft is moving its own Cortana Digital Assistant to a separate app in the Microsoft Store and is only officially available on the Alexa platform. Users running the Windows 10 May 2019 update on their system will receive the 19H2 update as an incremental service and not a complete build update. The new patch has some other features but as mentioned earlier, it’s not a big deal. Now there’s a fix that enables OEMs to reduce ink delay if they have the appropriate hardware support on a stylus or similar device.

In other Windows news, the Windows 10 May 2019 update was discontinued on Surface Book 2 devices for GPU issues. The problem is apparently affecting a small number of Surface Book 2 laptops equipped with a separate Nvidia GPU. The update apparently caused problems with Microsoft’s own hardware and was delayed until it was fixed.

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