Microsoft Pushes Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20185 With New Features

Your Phone Apps

Microsoft has released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20185 to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. The build brings improved DNS configuration in Settings, new ADMX backed policies for MDM including new features and improvements. After the installation of the preview build 20185, you will be able to make DNS settings more accessible. The DNS server assignment can be edited since it is in a top-level option.

The Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20185 has integrated encrypted DNS controls in the Settings app. The Encrypted DNS not only increases privacy but also security while browsing the web. It is now possible to configure DoH directly in the Settings app. If you have an Ethernet connection, you should navigate to Settings | Network & Internet | Status, select Properties, and select Edit IP or Edit DNS server assignment. If you work with Wi-Fi connections, you should navigate to Settings | Network & Internet | Wi-Fi. You should then click the adapter properties link and select Edit IP or Edit DNS server assignment. You will now be able to view the encryption options if you navigate to the individual network’s property page.

To unlock the DoH dropdown, you can add any IP address and select the option to use encryption. After activating encryption, you can investigate the DNS servers in the network properties and view them as Encrypted servers. You can also configure an IP address to be recognized as a DoH server by making use of the netsh command.

ADMX Backed Policies for MDM

The Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20185 brings in 647 new MDM policies across 56 ADMX files. This will enable commercial customers to nconfigure policies that are supported via Group policies. The new policies can be easily configured by making use of Intune custom profile. However, the Intune UX will be available in 2021. The list of ADM file names are given below

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AddRemovePrograms.admx
AppCompat.admx
AuditSettings.admx
CipherSuiteOrder.admx
COM.admx
Cpls.admx
CtrlAltDel.admx
DigitalLocker.admx
DnsClient.admx
DWM.admx
EncryptFilesonMove.admx
EventForwarding.admx
FileServerVSSProvider.admx
FileSys.admx
FolderRedirection.admx
Help.admx
HelpAndSupport.admx
kdc.admx
LanmanServer.admx
LinkLayerTopologyDiscovery.admx
MMC.admx
MMCSnapins.admx
MSAPolicy.admx
nca.admx
NCSI.admx
Netlogon.admx
OfflineFiles.admx
PeerToPeerCaching.admx
PerformanceDiagnostics.admx
PreviousVersions.admx
QOS.admx
Reliability.admx
Scripts.admx
sdiageng.admx
Securitycenter.admx
Servicing.admx
Setup.admx
SharedFolders.admx
Sharing.admx
Shell-CommandPrompt-RegEditTools.admx
Smartcard.admx
Snmp.admx
TaskScheduler.admxtcpip.admx
Thumbnails.admx
TPM.admx
UserExperienceVirtualization.admx
W32Time.admx
WinCal.admx
WindowsAnytimeUpgrade.admx
WindowsConnectNow.admx
WindowsMediaDRM.admx
WindowsMediaPlayer.admx
WindowsMessenger.admx
WinInit.admx

The Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20185 ships with new features for the Your Phone app, which enables you to access your Android smartphone apps directly from your PC. Microsoft has integrated Your Phone app on select Samsung devices. You need not have to install, register, sign-in, or configure the settings on your PC. You can pin your mobile apps on your Taskbar or Start menu for easy access. You can easily multitask with the help of the app such as a reply to a conversation, social media activity with the help of your PCs large display, keyboard, and mouse.

With the help of the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20185, you will be able to view a list of all your installed Android apps from within the Your Phone app. You can add your frequently used apps to your favorites section including the ability to launch any mobile app from your PC. The installed apps and your mirrored phone screen will launch in a separate window. You can pin your mobile apps to Windows Taskbar or Start menu. The Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20185 also includes a series of bug fixes and feature improvements.

Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and again as a Microsoft MVP in Surface under Windows and Devices in January 2024. He worked as a Chief Technical Editor with ASPAlliance and was part of ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at admin@netans.com

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