New Windows 10 update: Things you need to know
The Windows 10 update will roll out on May 26–28, 2020 and will bring about a fresher look for the world’s most popular operating system. Aside from updates to Windows 10’s interface, here are some functionality improvements you can expect.
The update — named Windows 10 20H1/Windows 10 version 2004 — will feature some performance-enhancing upgrades and an initial rollout of new designs. These are aimed to unify Windows applications with those used on mobile devices and the like.
Fluent Design is an open-source, cross-platform design system that developers can use to craft multiple-device software and applications. Basically, it helps developers keep their application designs unified across several platforms while enhancing overall aesthetic and user experience.
In the upcoming OS update, users will experience some of the first native releases of Fluent Design-optimized applications, specifically Microsoft Office applications, Microsoft Store, Paint, and more. Expect to see refreshed icons and interfaces of your favorite Microsoft apps. Users will also notice that the new designs will stay uniform from platform to platform, whether they use it on a PC, Mac, or other operating systems.
Users will also notice changes to the Start Menu — Cortana will no longer be docked to the start button, and the new design will feature new ways to interact with Microsoft’s digital assistant. Text-based chat interaction will now be available as well.
Microsoft is in the process of making Cortana into a personal productivity assistant for Microsoft 365 applications, so most of its new processing powers will revolve around improving the 365 experience for users. The update also brings about improved smart prompts that let the virtual assistant type out and send emails, adjust computer settings, open apps, and schedule events via voice commands.
Microsoft is constantly finding ways to improve its Search tool for Windows 10. In this update, users will experience improved indexing and search speeds, as well as a smart indexing feature that limits activity to off-peak hours so that it doesn’t disrupt daily use. This will result in faster performance for laptops of all levels, especially those that still utilize HDD storage.
Where to download
Users can download the feature update via Windows Update, a built-in tool in existing Windows 10 systems. You can access this by clicking Start > Settings > Windows Update. You can also type Windows Update on the search bar (beside the Windows button on the lower-left corner of the screen) and follow the easy instructions.
If you opted for automatic updates, all you’ll have to do is sit back and wait. For manual updates, you’ll need to click on Check for Updates. Users can also get it through the Windows Insider Program. Simply go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program and click on Get Started.
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