Windows 10 April 2018 update brought along a hidden Bluetooth pairing feature called Swift Pair, which made pairing supported devices quick and easy. Well, Microsoft didn’t touch in detail on this feature in detail in the previous build but it’s looking to bring the Swift Pair Bluetooth pairing feature to all users with the next major update.
Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18985 (20H1) today rolled out to users in Fast Ring, bringing improved support for Swift Pair in tow. This feature, if you are not aware, will simplify the Bluetooth pairing process, offering you to connect supported devices via a single notification.
A notification will automatically pop-up when a device is nearby and in pairing mode, informing you that pairing has started or complete. You no longer need to jump into Settings to pair devices instead, you are going to see a new notification UI with your device’s name, category, and a dismiss button.
In the official blog post, Microsoft says that the new Swift Pair has been rolled out to only 50% Windows 10 Insiders and the list of supported devices is as under:
- Surface Ergonomic Keyboard
- Surface Precision Mouse
- Microsoft Modern Mobile Mouse
- Surface Mobile Mouse
- Microsoft Arc Mouse
- Surface Arc Mouse
- Surface Headphones
In addition, Microsoft in the official blog post says that it’s streamlining optional updates with the next major Windows 10 build. Insiders will see a new ‘View optional updates’ option under the Windows Update section under the settings, listing new drivers, feature updates, and monthly non-security quality updates. You don’t need to jump into Device Manager to fix driver updates going forward.
This Insider build also brings the new ‘Snip & Sketch’ experience to everyone, with new features including single-window mode (enabled by default) to not clutter the snips and zoom support (accessible via touch, CTRL+Plus, CTRL+Minus, and Ctrl+Mouse wheel) is added to help you annotate smaller screenshots. Other performance improvements have also been rolled out with Build 18985 for Windows 10 Insiders in the Fast Ring.