Microsoft may be a few months away from the release of the May 10, 2019, Windows Update, but anyone with a PC logged in to the Fast Insight Windows Insider beta tester may get an early preview of the next steps Big Windows version for next year, currently codenamed 20H1.
Whether file explorer, virtual desktops and some settings and security options, this next version of Windows looks and feels different. Here is a closer look at the novelties.
Price and Release Date
Not to be confused with the 19H2 update that will appear in October of this year brings some major changes to the operating system. Based on the encoding of Windows Powershell the update in May 2020 – after the release month as in earlier versions of Windows 10 – should also be referred to as an update.
As it ships, you should expect it to appear as always under Windows Update. There are no additional costs, as featured updates for Windows 10 are always free.
Changes to File Explorer and Windows Ink Workspace
At the top of the list of key enhancements in 20H1 is a slightly new interface for File Explorer. The update allows rounded corners and a new search system.
This means that locating your files and apps will be easier and better, thanks to improved spelling correction technology. In addition, Windows Ink Workspace will be smaller with this version, providing easier access to Microsoft's inking and collaboration services. These include Microsoft Whiteboard and Snip & Sketch for capturing and sharing screenshots.
New Cortana Experience
Cortana may have been redesigned from the separate search bar with the Windows update of May 10, 2019, but in version 20H1 the digital assistant is undergoing a major overhaul.
Similar to the Cortana app on iPhone and Android, the assistant is now much more talkative. with an emphasis on text. You can enter commands to ask about sports, weather and more. You can even drag Cortana into a separate window that you can take anywhere.
Changes in Tablet Mode
More and more users are switching from traditional laptops Microsoft is using the 20H1 update to the Windows 10 tablet mode to optimize. If you remove the keyboard from your tablet in this update, Windows will not prompt you to switch to tablet mode. Instead, Windows is now tweaking the desktop interface and changing the space between icons in the system tray. You'll also get a larger touch-friendly version of File Explorer.
The search bar also turns into an icon and the touch icon The keyboard automatically appears when you type in text boxes.