Microsoft developers continue to prepare for the launch of the fall Windows 10 October 2020 Update (20H2). Windows 10 pre-release build 19042.508 (KB4571756) was released today. It is already available to members of the Insider Program on the Release Preview channel, which is the last stage of testing the update before starting its mass distribution.
Obviously, the launch of Windows 10 (20H2) is not far off and the developers do not plan to add new features and make significant changes, so it is already known what functions and innovations await users after downloading the update.
First of all, it should be said that for users who have switched to Windows 10 (2004) and install cumulative updates in a timely manner, the installation of 20H2 will be very fast. The thing is that new functions have already been delivered to the system along with cumulative updates, but are in a disabled state. During the installation of Windows 10 October 2020 Update, they will be activated, which will take a minimum of time. In fact, the autumn update will not bring any new functions and significant changes, but only activate the capabilities already available in the system and make general fixes aimed at improving the stability of the OS.
Updated Start Menu
The next change concerns the Start menu, which has been redesigned. In current and previous versions of Windows 10, regardless of the theme chosen, accent colors were used as backgrounds for individual tiles. Now this parameter has been removed and in the new version of the OS the tiles become lighter and more transparent, which makes their appearance more modern. The new Fluent Design icons on the Start menu and taskbar for many elements also give a fresh look. Nothing has changed functionally, all changes are of a visual nature.
New Edge browser
One of the most significant changes is the forced installation of the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser. The developers introduced it at the beginning of the year and have been actively promoting it since then, and after loading Windows 10 (20H2), the new Edge will be installed automatically. It is noteworthy that now Edge cannot be removed from the system using standard tools (Microsoft explains this by the fact that the browser is closely related to other OS components). In addition, the developers have extended the ability to manage tabs using the Alt + Tab keyboard shortcut (only works in the new Edge).
We’ve also added the ability to quickly access Edge tabs that are pinned to the taskbar. Now, when clicking on a site pinned to the taskbar, the user will see all the tabs open for him in each of the running Edge windows. Another taskbar change will be useful when creating new Windows accounts, as it allows users to make more personalized settings when they first log in.
The developers have provided more customization options when switching from tablet mode (relevant for 2-in-1 devices). There are other, less noticeable improvements and fixes that will be delivered to users along with Windows 10 (20H2). Windows 10 October 2020 Update is expected to be available to a wide range of users in the next few weeks.
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