What’s New in Windows 10’s 19H2 Update, Arriving Fall 2019

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The 19H2 update of Windows 10 will arrive in the second half of 2019, possibly in September or October. Also known as Windows 10 version 1909, it will be the smallest and fastest Windows 10 update to date. It's practically a service pack.

We have updated this article with the latest features of Windows Insider build 18362.10015, released on August 19, 2019.

A "less disturbing update" with fewer changes

Microsoft Cable from Microsoft Explain that this update "will be a set of extended features for some performance improvements, business features, and quality improvements." In other words, expect a set of bug fixes, performance tweaks and some professional features.

If you're tired of big Windows 10 updates every six months, 19H2 is the update for you! Installing 19H2 will look more like installing a standard cumulative update, like those that arrived at Patch Tuesday. It should be a small download with a quick installation process: no extended restart or purge of old Windows installations.

Computers with the Updated May, 2019 (also known as 19H1) installed will get a small patch via Windows Update and will update quickly in 19H2. This will probably happen in September or October 2019.

With The end of life of Windows 7 is on January 14, 2020, Microsoft clearly wants to avoid a repetition of last year's buggy Updated October 2018.

Other voice assistants on the lock screen

In current versions of Windows 10, Cortana can run on the lock screen. But Microsoft seems to be give up Cortana as a consumer product. Cortana should therefore be replaced by other vocal assistants. A change will allow other voice assistants, such as Amazon Alexa, to run on the lock screen of Windows 10.

This is a small feature that should work automatically once Amazon has added it to Alexa. You can talk to your voice assistant and this one can hear you even when you are on the lock screen to provide an answer.

Or, as Microsoft says, there is a change allowing third-party digital assistants to turn on the voice over the lock screen.

RELATED: Alexa could access the lock screen of Windows 10

Creating calendar events from the taskbar

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If you use the Windows 10 calendar, it just gets better. If you do not do it, it's easier to start. You can now create calendar events directly from the taskbar. Just click on the hour in the taskbar to open the calendar view. From there, you can now click on a date and start typing in a text box to create a new calendar event. You can specify a name, time and place from here.

Before this update, the taskbar calendar dropdown menu displayed calendar events, but you had to create these events in the Calendar application. All events that you add here will always appear in the Windows 10 Calendar application.

Notification Management Improvements

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Microsoft has spent time on notifications in this update. When notification configuration for an application, there are now images that show exactly what are the "notification banners" and the "notifications in the center of action".

Windows 10 will now allow you to disable the sounds emitted when a notification appears. This setting is available in the Settings pane> System> Notifications and Actions. Previously, you could disable notification sounds, but you had to disable them separately for each application that displayed notifications.

The Settings> System> Notifications and Actions pane now allows you to sort applications by last viewed notification rather than by name. This will help you find the applications that send the most notifications and configure them.

You can now configure notifications directly from the notification. Banner notifications and Maintenance Center notifications have options for configuring or disabling notifications directly in the notification. The Action Center pane now has a Manage Notifications button that appears at the top of the Action Center, providing easy access to the Notifications and Actions pane for setting up your notifications.

Performance improvement

This update brings some performance improvements. Some systems will see improved battery life, better CPU resource planning, and reduced latency digital inking.

Microsoft claims to have "generally improved the battery life and energy efficiency of computers with certain processors." It's vague, but some computers should benefit from a longer battery life.

This update brings improvements to the planning on computers with Multi-core CPU, as well. As Microsoft says: "A processor can have multiple" privileged "cores (logical processors of the highest available scheduling class). To improve performance and reliability, we have implemented a rotation policy that distributes work more equitably among these privileged hearts. "

Finally, computers with digital inking features will experience lower latency for more responsive design. Windows 10 will now allow manufacturers to "reduce the latency of inking based on the hardware capabilities of their devices." Prior to this update, Windows 10 systems with inking hardware were "locked with latency selected by the operating system in a typical hardware configuration." -Microsoft should have made this update years ago.

Other minor changes

This update also includes other minor changes. Courtesy of a Microsoft blog to post:

We have updated the search in the file explorer to display Web suggestions as well as locally indexed files on the PC.
We've added the ability, for Narrator and other assistive technologies, to read and learn where the FN key on keyboards is and what state it is in (locked or unlocked) ).

Company changes

Microsoft has also promised some improvements to the business, but we have not seen many yet. Here is the complete list of improvements, thanks to several Microsoft software blog posts:

Windows containers require a suitable host and container version. This limits clients and prevents Windows containers from supporting mixed-version container scenarios. This update includes 5 hotfixes that allow the host to run lower-level containers on top-level isolation for the process (Argon).
The rotate or rotate key feature allows you to secure the rollover of recovery passwords on MDM-managed AAD devices at the request of Microsoft Intune / MDM tools or whenever you use a recovery password to unlock the BitLocker protected drive. This feature will help prevent the accidental disclosure of the recovery password as part of users' manual unlocking of the BitLocker drive.
We added additional debugging features for the new Intel processors. This only applies to hardware manufacturers.
We have enabled Windows Defender Credential Guard for ARM64 devices for additional protection against theft of identification information for companies deploying ARM64 devices in their organizations.
We have allowed companies to complete the Windows 10 in S mode a strategy for traditional Microsoft Intune Win32 (desktop) applications.

Recent improvements that do not require an update

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Microsoft has made improvements to Windows 10 that are not part of massive updates. For example, if you have an Android phone and a Windows 10 PC, you can now use the application Your phone to reflect your Android notifications on your PC. This feature started "deploy widely"Beginning of July.

A quick overview of the new Windows Terminal application featuring tabs, customizable background images and other new features is available from the the shop, as well. This works with the current update of Windows 10 May 2019 (also called 19H1), so you do not need a major operating system update to try it.

Stay tuned for Windows 10 20H1

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This seems to be a short list of features for an update that is only a few months away from publication, and that's the bottom line. We'll probably see some minor changes, but you'll need to stay tuned for Windows 10 20H1 in the first half of 2020 to make larger changes. This update will include the Windows subsystem for Linux (WSL 2) with a Linux kernel and an accessibility feature that allows you drag and drop with your eyes, for example.

RELATED: Windows 10 becomes an integrated Linux kernel


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