After a relatively small build release following the holiday break, Microsoft is back with Windows 10 build 18312. This version isn’t exactly loaded with features, but does come with a few improvements.
At least, more than what build 18309 brought.
As the company notes, the big new feature here is that Windows now reserves space on your hard drive to install future updates. There is also a new UI for resetting the device.
Here is a rundown of these features.
First up are the details of how Windows 10 manages disk space from here on. Reserved storage will set aside some disk space to be used by updates, apps, temporary files and system caches. This is to ensure that critical OS functions always have access to disk space.
With this feature, updates and apps are less likely to take away from valuable free space, and the operating system will continue to operate as expected.
For musicians, the latest welcome feature is the increase in limit of Fiber Local Storage. Some of these uses were running against a FLS slot allocation ceiling that prevented them from loading as many unique plugins into their Digital Audio Workstations.
Beyond music producers, this change will also positively impact any application that dynamically loads hundreds or thousands of unique DLLs that have statically linked Visual C++ runtimes.
Getting back to something a bit less technical, we have improvements to the user interface of the Reset this PC feature. It now provides a more consistent experience across devices with different configurations and requires fewer clicks to complete.
Developers are also treated to some improvements to the Windows Subsystem for Linux Command Line Tool, including consolidated command line options and the ability to import a distro for easy sideloading.
Users can also export their WSL distribution for simpler environment management.
Like all build releases in the past few months, build 18312 is part of the 19H1 development branch, leading up to the feature update that is on track for launch in April of this year.
In preparation for that release, Microsoft will be running a Bug Bash from January 23 to February 3 to quash any major bugs before the update rolls out for everyone. With that in mind, the company will probably settle down in terms of features within the next few builds.