Microsoft is about to begin rolling out the next update to its operating system. Windows 10 October 2020 update, also known as 20H2, does not bring any revolution and complements the April update, Windows 10 version 2004 (20H1).
If this update still introduces some new features, it mainly focuses on bug fixes. It will be available to all users in the coming weeks in Windows Update. Here’s a quick tour of what to expect in Windows 10, version 20H2.
1. Microsoft Edge is now integrated into Windows 10
Windows 10, version 20H2 is the first version of Microsoft’s OS to natively ship the new version of Microsoft Edge, now based on the Chromium rendering engine. For most users, however, Microsoft’s web browser may have already been automatically installed as a replacement for the older version of Edge on their machine through an update.
New start menu
Microsoft abandons the big colored tiles and offers Windows 10 a new start menu more modern, but above all lighter. Tiles now display app icons on a transparent background, regardless of the theme used (dark or light), for both list apps and pinned apps.
Navigating Edge Tabs Using the Alt + Tab Shortcut
The Alt + Tab keyboard shortcut adds a string to its bow. While it was previously useful for quickly switching between applications, it now also allows you to navigate open tabs in the Microsoft Edge browser.
Rest assured, it is quite possible to disable the display of Edge’s tabs in the shortcut. To do this, go to Settings, then in System, in the Multitasking section, select your preferences for the Alt + Tab shortcut
A more flexible taskbar
Now, depending on your configuration and how you use your PC, Windows 10 will adapt the icons natively pinned to the taskbar.
Thus, new user accounts who have a smartphone with a Microsoft account connected will automatically have the icon for the Your Phone application, which lets you control an Android smartphone from Windows, just a click away.
Likewise, users with an Xbox Live account associated with their Microsoft account on a gaming PC will automatically have access to the Xbox application in the Windows 10 taskbar.
The readability of notifications received in Windows 10 is now much better. Microsoft has indeed changed the interface of notifications of its OS which now display the name and icon of the program by which they are sent, and can be removed by clicking on a cross that replaces an arrow.
Automatic tablet mode
Previously, on 2-in-1 devices like Surface Pro, when the user detached the screen from the keyboard, Windows 10 would ask you to choose whether or not to enable tablet mode. Now Windows 10 no longer asks and automatically switches to tablet mode. However, you can change this change and revert to the old operation from System Settings in the Tablet section.
New info in Settings
Windows’ Settings panel inherits information formerly displayed in the old Control Panel.
By going to the Settings Windows, then in System, you will find in About all the detailed information of your machine: name, type of processor, amount of RAM installed, type of system, as well as information on the edition and version of Windows 10 installed.
All this information can now be easily copied and pasted, Microsoft having added a button for this purpose.