The Windows 10 2020 Update for May is just around the corner, and it loaded with useful features. So that you know what we can expect from this update. In this article, we analyze some of the news that it will include.
Microsoft maintains continuous support of its operating system, even its older versions; for this reason, all Windows users are more than used to regular updates of the operating system and its programs.
It is common to receive weekly updates for system improvements, fix security flaws, and implement new features. But except for rare occasions, they are minor updates to keep the system working correctly. This year comes windows 10 2020 update for May, an update that “minor” has rather little.
It must say that these minor Windows updates sometimes cause more problems than they fix. Just recently, we reported on how one of the latest updates was causing severe problems for many systems, to the point of bringing back the blue screens of death.
However, Microsoft also regularly releases updates with much more content, significant improvements to the system. And one of the biggest annual updates is just around the corner.
That is the May windows 10 2020 update, also known as 20H1. The big May update always brings quite a few changes, plus performance improvements. So naturally, expectations are high.
Table of Contents
- Windows Search optimization
- Monitors specialized in professional versions of Windows 10
- Transforming Cortana into a personal assistant
- New quick searches
- Much more refined notification system
- Temperature control arrives in Task Manager
- Restoring Windows 10 from the internet
- Virtual desktops, now with their name
- The date on which the May 2020 Update will launch has not yet officially announced; according to some sources, it expected to arrive on one of the next Patch Tuesday.
Although it is not available to all users, Microsoft has already given enough information regarding this update’s characteristics. Besides, some of the Windows Insider program participants have already had access, so we know what we can expect from it.
Let’s see some of the essential features of the May, windows 10 2020 update. Numerous changes will be a significant improvement for many users.
Windows Search optimization
In previous articles, we already commented that the update would come with a considerable improvement for the Windows 10 file indexer. Microsoft has been working to make Windows Search as efficient as possible, and the results will come in the May update.
In the context of this situation, the Windows Search tool had found to have a significant problem: the Windows Search file indexer sometimes caused excessive CPU and hard disk usage, which can lead to slow down on the computer.
To avoid this, the May windows 10 2020 update will introduce an algorithm that will control the CPU and hard disk usage of Windows Search. When this usage reaches excessive levels, the algorithm will make sure to manage the file indexer to avoid slowing down the computer.
It will lower the tool’s pace to the level necessary to control the situation and avoid problems in the rest of the system. That will mean an improvement in speed, mainly for computers with HDD.
Thanks to the windows 10 2020 update, Windows Search will become much smarter. Aside from reducing the indexer’s activity when you use too much CPU or hard drive, other situations have also established where it will work to a minimum.
For example, when Gaming Mode, Power Saving Mode, or Low-Performance Mode is enabled, the indexer will reduce its activity. And it will also when the device battery is below 50% and when the screen is off.
Monitors specialized in professional versions of Windows 10
As you probably already know, Windows 10 has several different versions, designed to adapt to users with very different needs. Of course, some of the most potent versions are for professional activities.
Considering that users of these versions of Windows 10 have to carry out particular activities, an option has added to designate specialized monitors in Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Pro for Workstations.
By designating a monitor as a specialized monitor, you choose a specific task. Thus, instead of displaying the desktop or all the programs available on the computer. That particular monitor will be dedicated solely to the job assigned to it.
This feature can be especially useful for systems dedicated exclusively to simulators or video games, audio and image workstations, screen mosaics, and medical imaging devices.
To use this option, users of the Windows 10 versions mentioned above can activate it in Settings> System> Display> Advanced display settings.
Transforming Cortana into a personal assistant
It seems that Microsoft is not satisfied with the idea that Cortana is simply a digital assistant. The goal is to make Cortana a personal productivity assistant, and the first steps to achieve this will taken at the May 2020 Update.
With the changes, Cortana expected to help users manage our tasks and time and connect with people more easily. So, the app will go through a considerable facelift, allowing you to better adapt to your new role.
For starters, Cortana will no longer pin on the taskbar. From now on, it will behave like any other program, and we can move it around the screen and resize the window to suit our preferences.
On the other hand, it will also be much easier to configure, especially when it comes to input methods. From Cortana settings, you can access specific options to designate if we want to interact with the Windows assistant by voice or writing.
And another significant change is the implementation of new skills that allow the management of personal tasks. Specifically, three skills will be available: email, calendar, and Windows management.
The email skill has a distinct function: managing email through Cortana. By interacting with the assistant, we can, for example, see all the emails that a person has sent us, or even ask Cortana to send an email to a specific person with the text that we want.
The calendar skill also takes care of distinct tasks. Its primary function is to create and manage meetings with other people, and it will also allow you to set reminders of the sessions you want.
Also, if you use Microsoft Teams, you can join the meeting directly by asking Cortana. That is something that would significantly speed up some everyday tasks as it eliminates several intermediate steps.
Finally, Windows management skills intended for more general tasks. Among other functions, it will allow you to make changes to the device configuration and open programs and folders by asking the assistant.
New Quick searches
Apart from the performance changes that we have explained before, Windows Search is also going to undergo some modifications in terms of functionality, focusing mainly on web searches.
To adapt the frequent searches, a series of quick search options will implement in the Windows Search start section. These will include weather, major news, historical events, and movie releases in theaters in your area.
Also, the previews that Windows Search displays of the web results have also modified. The main results will keep in the left column, and a simplified version of the web result will appear on the right side, with the most relevant information.
Beyond web results, the overall results of this search bar will be somewhat more intuitive. Until now, if we did not type everything correctly, the search bar did not show any results. To avoid this, the spell checker has improved, so the results will appear even if there are typing errors.
Another essential feature that will come with the big update in May aims to make the results more understandable for users, making the system more comfortable.
For this, in those searches, the results seem not to be related to the search terms. A section will include information that explains the relationship between the results and the conditions that we have entered.
Much more refined notification system
The Windows 10 notification panel can be convenient in certain circumstances. But the settings in the notifications section are very unintuitive, and what should be a useful tool can end up becoming something that many users prefer to ignore almost completely.
From Microsoft, they were already aware that the system was highly upgradeable. In previous updates, they have tried to make it less invasive, controlling it with tools such as the Concentration Assistant.
Beyond making it not annoying for users, Microsoft intends that the notification system becomes something that we want to use today. For this, several options have added that simplify its use and improve the overall experience.
The first change can see in the notification panel itself. Each time a new notification appears, you will have an option included to disable all notifications for that program.
This option shows in each notification as to the typical gear icon. And apart from allowing you to delete notifications from a specific app, you will also have direct access to the Notifications and actions settings panel, in case we want to make more precise changes.
The notification panel will also include a shortcut to the same notification settings panel. It is implemented for the convenience of users since it saves a few steps from accessing the settings.
And the Notifications and Actions Settings panel is not sparing any changes either. For starters, several of the options available in this configuration panel will now include images that will show examples of the impact of individual settings.
Another option that we can find in the Notifications settings window is to silence all notifications. That had to do from Sound Settings, but after the update, it will go to the own notifications section.
Finally, to make the settings for all notifications more intuitive, a new environment will be added to the Notification settings window that allows you to show the programs that have recently sent notifications.
That is to help users find such programs more efficiently. Currently, if we want to make changes to notifications that we have mistakenly removed from the desktop panel, we have to manually search a list of all the programs installed on our computer.
With the new option, the program will appear at the top of the list, since it will have had recent activity, so it will save us a lot of time when making any changes.
Temperature control arrives in Task Manager
If you are concerned about the state of your computer. It is normal that one of the data that you are interested in knowing is the temperature of various parts. Ultimately, overheating can pose a real risk to devices.
When it comes to graphics cards, every precaution is little. Knowing the prices that the most powerful on the market can achieve. Heeding requests from many users, Microsoft will include information about the temperature of the graphics card in Task Manager.
The temperature will appear in degrees Celsius, along with the rest of the graphics card’s performance details. Of course, the drivers of your graphics card must appropriately update. Since if there could be no errors in the reading.
However, it should keep in mind that the temperature reading will only be available on computers with a dedicated graphics card. At the moment, integrated graphics cards will not have this type of support.
Restoring Windows 10 from the internet
When we have a severe problem with the computer because the operating system is not running correctly. Or we need to restore Windows 10 for any other reason, resetting the PC may be the best alternative.
The restoration of PCs involves reinstalling the operating system, eliminating any program that does not belong to it. Although luckily, Windows 10 allows us to keep all our files. So that we do not lose anything in the process.
Until now, any reset required local Windows 10 files to exist. The operating system installation used those files to perform the reinstallation. But with the new Windows 10 update, the option to download the operating system from the internet will also be enabled. Instead of depending on local files already present on the computer.
It may be a more reliable option since the installation would start from completely clean files. Instead of using potentially damaged ones. And if you have a good internet connection, it can also speed up the process a lot.
For similar results in terms of speed and reliability, users had to have installation means. For example, a USB drive, in which the operating system installation tool configured correctly. Not all users are capable of creating such media. So the new internet install option will make resetting PCs much more accessible to the average user.
Virtual desktops, now with their name
Those who use their computers for very different tasks. Such as work, study, and leisure, are probably familiar with virtual desktops. They allow tasks to be isolated on different desktops. As if we had multiple monitors, but without actually having those screens.
So that we can organize these virtual desktops accurately. And find the one we need the first time. The May update will implement the option to assign names to each of the desktops we create.
Assigning names is relatively straightforward. You just have to access the task view (WIN + Tab). And the name assigned to them by default will appear on the images of each virtual desktop. If we click on that name, and edit field will open that will allow us to assign the name that we want.
Therefore, instead of the standard “Desktop 1”, “Desktop 2” and other numbered desks. We can name each virtual desktop with something that more clearly reflects the tasks we are carrying out in each one. Thus facilitating navigation.