What’s New in Windows 10’s 20H1 Update, Arriving Spring 2020

Microsoft is already working on Windows 10 update 20H1. It is expected that it will be the 2003 version of Windows 10, scheduled for April 2020. It is much bigger than the next 19H2 update but still feels like a collection of useful improvements.

This article is up to date with the features included in Windows Insider built up to build 18970, released on August 29th.

A new Cortana experience (with typing)

Microsoft Announces "New Cortana Experience" with "All-New Chat-Based User Interface". You can now enter queries in Cortana instead of saying them aloud. The history of your conversation with Cortana will appear as if it was a chat window. You can see the results of recent queries simply by opening Cortana from the taskbar.

Beyond the new design, Microsoft claims to have "updated Cortana with new speech and language models" as well as "dramatically improved performance" of the voice assistant. It supports both Windows 10 light and dark themes, as well.

Cloud download for Windows reinstallation

Windows 10 offers a new "cloud download" option that you can use when reset your PC on a default Windows system. When you go to Settings> Update & Security> Recovery and choose to reset your PC and delete everything, you can now tell Windows to use "Cloud Download". Rather than reinstalling Windows 10 from your local system files, Windows will download the latest version of Windows 10 and install it on your system.

This will save time on subsequent updates. Previously, the only way to do this was to update Windows 10 before "rebooting" your system or creation of a new Windows 10 installation support.

Online file search in the file explorer

File Explorer has a new research experience. When you tap in the search box, you will see a drop-down menu with a list of suggested files. It will also look for files from your OneDrive account online, not just those from your local PC.

You can still access the most powerful classic search experience by pressing Enter. This will allow you to search for non-indexed places, for example.

Bandwidth Limits for Windows Update

The Settings application now allows you to better control the amount of bandwidth used to download Windows updates. In current versions of Windows, you can set a percentage bandwidth limit your bandwidth. Windows 10 20H1 will allow you to set a precise limit of "absolute bandwidth" in Mbps for a more precise limitation of downloaded updates. This option was previously available in Group Policy but is now available for everyone in the settings.

To find options for limiting update bandwidth on all versions of Windows 10, go to Settings> Update & Security> Broadcast Optimization> Advanced Options.

WSL 2 with a Linux kernel

The Linux Tux mascot on Windows 10Larry Ewing

New Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is probably the most important feature of Windows 10 20H1. This is version 2 of WSL, which is even more powerful than the first version. WSL 2 uses a real Linux kernel to provide an even more powerful and complete Linux environment on Windows 10.

Microsoft will build its own Linux kernel and ship it with WSL 2, which kernel will be updated via Windows Update. You can also build your own Linux kernel and have it used by Windows 10. However, you do not have to think about that. WSL 2 has the same user experience as WSL 1 and "will work simply" without additional configuration.

WSL 2 promises "a dramatic increase in file system performance" and "full compatibility of system calls". This compatibility means support for technologies such as Docker, which would not work on the original WSL 1.

RELATED: Windows 10 becomes an integrated Linux kernel

Disk type in the task manager

Windows 10 Task Manager now displays your type of disc-SSD or hard disk. This makes it easier to know what hardware is on your computer and which disk is which if you have multiple disks in your system.

This information is displayed in the Performance tab. Open the Task Manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc) and click "More Details" to find it.

GPU temperature in the task manager

Graphics Processor Temperature in Windows 10 Task ManagerMicrosoft

This is not the only novelty of the Task Manager. The Performance tab of the Task Manager also displays the temperature of your graphics processor. If you have a graphics card with a new driver, it must support the WDDM 2.4 driver model– You can also find this information on the status page of your GPU under the Performance tab. It also works only with dedicated graphics cards, no built-in or integrated GPUs.

This is just the last GPU monitoring function in the task manager. Previous updates have added features such as the use of GPU per process, the general display of GPU usage, the graphics driver version information, the use graphical memory and hardware details.

RELATED: How to monitor the use of the graphics processor in Windows Task Manager

A new "tablet experience"

The new tablet mode of Windows 10Microsoft

Windows 10 has a classic desktop mode and a Windows 8-style Tablet mode which even hides your icons from the default taskbar. It's not ideal for a lot of people, so 20H1 adds a new "tablet experience".

When using a 2-in-1 computer with a touch screen and you do not have a keyboard or mouse connected, the traditional desktop interface may be a little easier to use. For example, the icons on the taskbar will be farther apart, the file explorer will be optimized for touch and you will be able to use Windows on your desktop.

Microsoft claims that this does not replace tablet mode, but that convertible computers will no longer automatically switch to tablet mode when you remove the keyboard or return it. Instead, they will enter this new, optimized touch experience. Microsoft goes back into tablet mode on 2-in-1 devices and makes the classic Windows desktop easier to use on a touch screen.

RELATED: The tablet mode of Windows 10 can be replaced by the desktop

Notepad updated via the store

In a surprising change, Microsoft has moved the notebook to the store. It will now be automatically updated via the store, which will allow Microsoft to update Notepad more than once every six months. You can also uninstall Notepad.

Notepad is always installed by default, so little has changed there. Microsoft has been update Notepad with new features as Support for UNIX end of line and integrated with Bing research. Microsoft now wants to update Notepad even more often.

RELATED: Microsoft will update Notepad via Windows 10 Store

Windows allows you to "leave your device without a password"

Microsoft new allows you to "leave your device without a password" with a new option in the Settings> Accounts> Login page. It sounds great and futuristic, but it's really a new setting that requires everyone on your PC to connect with a PIN or another Windows Hello login method like face or fingerprint unlock.

Rename virtual desktops


Windows 10 virtual desktops, available in the interface of the task view that appears when you press Windows + Tab on your keyboard or that you click the Task View icon in the taskbar, become more configurable.

Rather than getting stuck with the default names of "Office 1," "Office 2," etc., you can now rename them. Microsoft says that you can simply click on the name of each virtual office at the top of the Task View interface, but that it still does not work for us. Perhaps he is still developing.

Like Microsoft points outyou can even use emojis in names. Just press Windows +. (period) to open the emoji chooser and enter an emoji. This emoji panel works in almost all text fields in Windows 10.

Improved information on the state of the network

The network status page in Settings> Network and Internet> Status has been redesigned. It now displays all available network interfaces at the top of the page. For example, Wi-Fi and Ethernet will be displayed here if you have a PC with both.

Microsoft said this new interface "will provide more information at a glance on the connectivity of your device, combining multiple pages to give you a clear view of how you are connected to the internet."

Windows also displays your data usage for each interface directly on this page. You do not need to go anywhere else in Settings to see how much data you use.

Better control of restarting applications when connecting

Windows 10 automatically reopens many applications, including Google Chrome, after restarting your PC. There is now a new option that makes it easier for you to disable this option.

To find this option, go to Settings> Accounts> Connection Options. Under Restart Applications, check the box labeled "Automatically save repeatable apps when I log off and reboot after logging in" if you want to disable this app.

Previously, this option was somewhat hidden and merged with the option "Use my login information to automatically end my device", which reads as follows: "Use my login information to automatically complete my device setup and to reopen my apps after an update or update. " to restart. These are now two separate options.

A header in the application Settings Windows 10

Microsoft has been experimenting for some time with a banner in the Settings application, which is back in the 20H1 Insider releases. The new banner appears at the top of the Home screen in the Settings window, displaying your photo, name, and a link to manage your Microsoft Online account. It provides quick links to OneDrive and Windows Update settings and status information.

Fortunately, Microsoft has not included any advertising for Microsoft Rewards (formerly Bing Rewardshere this time.

Text cursor indicator

You can now adjust the size and color of the text cursor indicator of Windows 10, this small line that appears to show you where you are typing in an application.

To find this option, go to Settings> Ease of Access> Text Cursor. Activate the new "text cursor indicator", choose a size, then choose an easy-to-see color. You can select any custom color you want.

If this option interests you, you may also want adjust the size and color of your mouse cursor. Microsoft added this option in May 2019 update of Windows 10.

Drag and drop with your eyes

Eye Control Interface in Windows 10Microsoft

Windows 10 has an eye control function that works with some eye tracking devices. It's an accessibility feature that lets you control your PC by simply moving your eyes. In 20H1, eye tracking becomes even more powerful. You can now Drag and drop the mouse just by moving your eyes.

RELATED: Windows 10 20H1 will let you slide with your eyes

Improvements to language settings

The Windows 10 Language Settings page in Settings> Time & Language> Language has been reorganized to make it easier to use and understand. For example, it now displays the default selected languages ​​for Windows, applications and websites, your keyboard, speech, and region settings at the top of the screen.

This update also contains better support for languages ​​other than English. Keying Intelligence features of the SwiftKey Touchpad now support 39 different languages. This means predictions of automatic correction and more useful keyboard text. Improved text prediction works even when you have prediction of activated text for hardware keyboards.

Dictation also improves. Microsoft now supports more languages ​​when using dictation. To use it, press Windows + H while typing any text field.

Microsoft has done a lot of work on the editors of Microsoft input methods. A new Japanese NDE and improvements have been made to Chinese and Korean NMEs.

Other changes

As usual, the Windows 10 Update 20H1 is full of minor changes and bug fixes. Here are some of them:

Mouse cursor speed in settings: Windows 10 now allows you to set the cursor speed of your mouse from the Settings application under Settings> Devices> Mouse. Previously, this option was only available in Control Panel.
Best account picture settings: Windows 10 now makes it easy to set the picture for your account on Windows and various Microsoft services. Go to Settings> Accounts> Your Information to set an account image. When you set an image here, Windows will update it quickly on both your local Windows computer and various Microsoft services, provided you are logged on to Windows 10 with a Microsoft account.
Optional features are better: The Optional Features Page under Settings> Applications and Features> Optional features become a better interface. You can now select and install multiple features at once, search for available features, and sort them in different ways. You can see the date of installation of each feature and view the status of its installation at the top of this page.
Recast Wi-Fi warning: Microsoft also indicates that the way that open Wi-Fi networks appear in the list of Wi-Fi networks changes. Windows 10 no longer displays the warning message "Other people may be able to see the information you send on this network" before you connect to an open Wi-Fi network, which Microsoft says is ready to confusion. Instead, a new icon for secure Wi-Fi networks makes it clearer that you need to connect to these networks.
Windows Search Speedup: Windows search will also be faster on developer PCs. The Windows Search Indexer "excludes by default common development folders, such as .git, .hg, .svn, .nuget, etc.". Performance improves during compilation and code synchronization.
Improved accessibility: Microsoft has also updated accessibility features with more new options and enhancements. For example, a new command in Narrator is to give a Web page summary (Narrator + S).
Install MSIX files without side loading: System Administrators will find that installing a MSIX file no longer requires side load activation in settings or through Group Policy. Previously, the installation of these required allowing lateral loading– like on Android. Now, as long as the MSIX file is signed, a Windows 10 system can install it just like any other application. Companies can still disable this type of side loading via policy settings, but this is no longer the default mode.

There are so many months left before other features appear in future Windows Insider previews. We will update this article as they do.

RELATED: What's new in the Windows 10 update 19H2, arriving in the fall of 2019

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