The next version of the Windows 10 operating system is almost ready in terms of features although we won’t see it released for some time yet.
Based on Insider builds and information from Microsoft, these are the features we may see. Please note that this may not be the final rundown – as with anything Microsoft-related, things are subject to change anytime between now and release date.
- Use the cloud to reset your PC – until now, Microsoft has provided a reset option using local data to reset your PC. Now you can use cloud data instead – you get all the latest updates and don’t have to spend hours installing them.
- A brand-new Microsoft Edge – Microsoft is planning to release the first stable version of Microsoft Edge based on Chromium in 2020; January 15th to be precise. It may be part of the 2004 release, it may not – we are still awaiting confirmation on that point
Those are the two big changes but there are others:
- Windows Hello must be deactivated for Automatic Sign In to work
- New Restart Apps option manages whether apps not closed at shutdown time are automatically reopened at next Start
- Improvements to Windows Search means less CPU and disk usage and improves performance issues
- New Quick Searches when you open Search
- Task Manager shows GPU temperature for compatible video cards
- Rename virtual desktops
- Change mouse cursor speed
- Better Network Settings information shows data usage and provides the ability to toggle between public and private networks
- Windows Update now shows optional updates highlighted, plus you get the option to set a fixed bandwidth limit rather than a percentage for updates
- Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 has plenty of improvements and a ‘real’ Linux kernel
- Improvements to Accessibility – highlight cursor better, Quick Summary feature for Narrator, and a better sound scheme
- Improvements to Bluetooth pairing
- New 2-1 tablet experience
- Xbox Game Bar may show FPS
- Network cameras get better support
- Windows PowerShell ISE becomes an on-demand feature
- Improvements to DirectX and Raytracing
- Cortana is evolving from a general assistant to a PPA – Personal Productivity Assistant
- Troubleshoot login issues with a new Windows+SHIFT+L shortcut
- Password-less sign-in option
- And much more
Features that are Canceled or Removed
- The Downloads Folder Clearing option has been removed from Disk Cleanup
- Notepad is now not going to the Microsoft app store.
What about you? What do you want to see in the next version of Windows 10?