Microsoft released the Windows 10 May 2020 Update, also known as Windows 10 versions 2004 and 20H1, with several new features added that enhances its productivity, security and speed. It began rolling out to mainstream users on Wednesday, this week.
How to Download Windows 10 May 2020 Update
Users can download it from Settings -> Update & Security -> Windows Update. Once the update appears, choose Download and Install option. It takes time to for the update to appear as Microsoft goes through slow rolling process to ensure stability and bogs free. You can download it from Microsoft’s Update Assistant as well. The Update Assistant will upgrade your device with the latest version. This tool will skip the slow rolling out process (If you do not find this option, the update may not have rolled out to you at current. You should regularly check for this for the next few weeks. It might be a compatible issue with your device as the update is available only for the devices running Windows 10 versions 1903 or version 1909).
Once the downloading is done and the update is ready to install, you will be notified by the Microsoft so that you can choose the right time to complete the installation process and reboot the computer. Continue reading the article to know what new features you get from this May 2020 update.
Various features added in Windows 10 May 2020 update
Windows 10 May 2020 update is originally a April 2020 update. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, its released was pushed back. This update has been available to preview for about a year. It includes following changes:
New Cortana chat based experience: Microsoft updates this users’ personal productivity assistant. The updated chat-based user interface now can type or speak requests in natural language that save time and keep users on track. It will help the users to use Microsoft 365 apps. It will be undocked from the taskbar, allowing users to move or resize it like any other apps. It will assist them to open apps and adjust their settings like brightness. They can now sign in with their work account and connect with people, check the schedule, add tasks, set remainder and more.
Bluetooth pairing: The pairing to Bluetooth devices to compatible Windows 10 PC will be easier and faster- the users won’t need to go the settings to finish this process. They can take care everything through notifications.
Passwordless sign-in to Microsoft accounts: Just go to Settings> Accounts> Sign-in options on your PC and turn “On” the “Require Windows Hello sign-in for Microsoft accounts” option.
Help in Spotting PUAs: After the apps download, users start receiving various unexpected advertising. Some apps start mining cryptocurrency using system resources or do various other things without users’ consent. With the Windows 10 May 2020 update, they can decide what the apps they want. Or say, they can prevent potentially unwanted app intrusion. For this, just go to Windows Security > Apps and browser control > Reputation based protection > potentially unwanted app blocking.
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Name the desktops: The Windows 10 users now can expand the desktop beyond physical limitations of space, organize the tasks and switch between them with the update using Virtual Desktop.
Search Home: Weather, top news, today in history and new movies -these four searchers are added to the search home for easier access.
Automatically open apps: The users will be able to allow Universal Windows platform apps to open with each OS reboot automatically.
Will the previous versions of Windows 10 work?
Microsoft has already planned to stop support for Windows 10 1809, also known as October 2018 update, for Home, Pro, Pro education and Pro for Workstations edition in November. Earlier, it was scheduled that the support would be end from May. But again, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the company delayed this. Now, this support will be last since May 2021. So, you can still use the Windows 1809 version. But, with the loss of Microsoft support, you will no longer be got the important security patches or other updates.
So, the obvious question arises here, whether we should have to update to the May 2020 version? Microsoft already recommended doing this. So, if possible, you should go for this. However, it’s not mandatory for those users who are currently running previous version and their end-of-service data is about to hit. For the update process, they can prefer other platforms that provide this.
We have monitored closely the May 2020 update experience and also saw the current rolling status and known issues. We believe that the Windows 20 is most powerful, productive and secure platforms. With the monthly update, various new features added to it that multiplies users’ experience that they warmly welcome.