Microsoft Starts Hitting Mute on Cortana's Annoying Windows 10 Setup Voiceover

Microsoft ended 2018 with a bang thanks to Windows 10

And when Microsoft re-released the entire update, Windows users thought that they were done with all the irksome bugs.

Opinion: Microsoft needs to step off the new feature train, at least temporarily, and get Windows 10's reliability and fundamentals back on track.

Elsewhere in Build 18309 of the Win 10 Insider Preview, Microsoft is adding its streamlined PIN reset experience to all versions of Windows 10, while also pushing people towards password-less sign-on options with the expansion of Windows 10 phone number accounts across all versions of Win 10.

You can create one password-less account through Microsoft apps such as Word on your smartphone. As The Verge points out, Windows 7 extended support doesn't end until January 14, 2020.

But how do you protect your account without a password?

The October 2018 Update for Windows 10 may have gotten off to a rocky start, but that has not deterred Microsoft from forging ahead with its next major update, which is due out sometime in the first half of this year.

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Windows 10 2019 Preview Build 18309 is now available to Insiders in the Skip Ahead and Fast ring, and brings several small features improvements and general fixes.

This new build also introduces some Narrator improvements and 11 additional mouse pointer sizes in the Cursor and Pointers settings. Although this offer officially ended on July 29th, 2016, it is still technically possible to go through the process on a Windows 7/8.1 PC.

That doesn't mean these password-less accounts will use one-time codes as their only authentication factor. Windows 10 is a great piece of OS which nearly servers everyone out there. I don't love losing a few hours every few months while it runs another more-or-less mandatory service pack (compare and contrast with how much more control Apple gives folk over when to update to a new version of OSX), having to irregularly fiddle with shenaniganised privacy settings again and work out how to shove some new and outrageously pointless frippery aside. The feature sends a one-time code to your phone number via SMS, which you can use to log-in.

For easier navigation, you can now tab between all the main actions on Narrator Home, such as Quick Start and Settings. For now, you'll need to use the command line if you want to see them.

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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