Windows 10 2020 Update: What’s New?

November 2, 2020
Windows 10 2020 Update: What's New?

This year has been good so far for both the Windows 10 2020 updates and its users. happenings

It was mentioned that Microsoft released Windows 10 October 2020 Update to over a billion users who began from the last two weeks of the month.

The update was all about the refreshed Start menu that has redesigned to look cleaner and will no longer use solid color backplates behind logos in the app list. 

The other update was the Alt+Tab changes and the new Chromium-powered Microsoft Edge bundling. This update could present a more natural workflow. The new Alt+Tab switcher will get a little overbuilt or overcrowded when you open multiple tabs and app windows. 

Since the Edge is based on Chromium, which also powers Google Chrome, it has made the new Alt+Tab experience a helpful one for multitaskers.

A Better Theme for A Better Start Menu

Before, the start menu uses your chosen accent color. But now (in Windows 10 update), the start menu will be having light or dark tile background to match whichever theme (for Windows 10) you are using.

A Built-In Microsoft Edge

It’s official! The new Edge replaces the old Edge in the baseline version of Windows 10. It includes features found in Chrome, recommends Chrome browser extensions, and has the same rendering engine as Google Chrome. The good news is that you don’t have to wait for higher versions of Windows 10 or updates released every six months. This is just for browser updates because it will get updated every six weeks. But, could the new Edge be a rival of Chrome?

The Alt+Tab and Microsoft Edge Combo

Are you an Edge browser user and a multitasker? If yes, then this one is for you. Before, Edge only shows one thumbnail for each browser window. But now, because of the new and improved update of Microsoft Edge, you will see many different tabs in the Alt+Tab switcher. Do you need to use several web pages at once? No problem. You can find and switch between them just with Alt+Tab. You can also do customization of the Alt+Tab Edge open tabs at the settings.

Goodbye System Control Panel

The update also focused on bug and performance fixes and has some other changes like removing the System page in the Control Panel. Maybe because Microsoft wants to polish something from this update, that is good news for Windows 10 users. Once you open the control panel, you will be directed to the About page instead of seeing the System page. You can see a Copy button that is very convenient to copy all the text to your clipboard instead of manually highlighting the texts, then Ctrl C.

Windows 10 Other Updates Included

Even though we begin to more exciting changes and updates of Windows 10 2020, you still need to know other updates. Just like the enhanced taskbar pinned sites in Edge. When you have a pinned site to your taskbar, you can hover your mouse on that taskbar icon to see all your browser tabs for that site. 

The next update is the no more noise focus assist notifications that Microsoft has decided to disable the notifications by default. Although, you can still enable them in the settings.

The next on the list is the refresh rate options in the settings, where you can change your PC’s refresh rate in the Settings app without visiting the old Control Panel. 

The last update is the automatic tablet mode switching by default that Windows now automatically switch to the new tablet experience without the prompt or notification. You can change its settings as always from the tablet mode setting. As a Windows 10 user, this update wasn’t necessary, mostly to those who don’t use tablet most of the time. But who knows? This update may help the non-tablet users to get used to this improved feature.

Smaller Changes Made

The notifications enhancements now include an application logo to see the application that generated them and an X button to dismiss them quickly. Then, the MDM improvements or Modern Device Management that is for IT professionals that administer multiple devices. Microsoft extends the MDM policy with the new Local Users and Group settings that match the options available for devices managed through Group Policy.

Microsoft New Plans for Windows 10 in 2021

What do you need to know?

  • Big UI for Windows 10 in 2021.
  • The codename “Sun Valley.”
  • File Explorer, Start, and Tablet Mode improvements.

Another OS is about to come for Windows 10 in 2021, and it’s a major one. Some sources say that it will bring with it a significant design refresh to the Windows UI. The codename Sun Valley is a UI project supposed to be released for a holiday in 2021. We know that there’s a lot that happened in 2020, and there could be more in 2021.

For now, after reading the article, what are your expectations on the future plans of Microsoft? Let us know in the comments.

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Elaine has held various leadership roles in a number of cloud and enterprise solution providers. Elaine is also a great teller of stories, but not all of them are true. Ms. Chang and her husband call the Chicago area home.

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