Microsoft started releasing its first feature-rich update of the year last week. Dubbed the May 2020 update, the latest version of the operating system is slowly hitting laptops, two-in-one gadgets and PCs worldwide. In addition to the usual bug fixes and security tweaks, there are many brilliant new additions to cheer up as well.
The Windows 10 May 2020 Update contains changes to the Search menu, the chatty voice assistant Cortana and has an entirely new option to run out of password – useful if you always have to press the Forgot your password? button for your online logins. As long as you are not one of the PC users who Microsoft is warning not to install Windows 10 May 2020 Update, there is a lot to like here. Below, we describe some of the features of the headlines. But if you’re ready to dive – and your PC hasn’t updated automatically yet – you can find out How to download the Windows 10 May 2020 update here.
Windows 10 May 2020 update: some of the most interesting features
Faster and easier connections: Microsoft says it is making it easier and faster to pair your Bluetooth devices with your compatible Windows 10 PC. Until now, Windows 10 users needed to access the Settings app to pair new Bluetooth headsets or peripherals. With the May 2020 Update installed, you'll be able to take care of everything in the sliding notification window with fewer steps.
Go password-Any less: This is one of the features featured in the latest Windows 10 update. The new feature offers enhanced security and a simple login experience – you sign in with your face. Windows Hello already allows PC owners to access their devices quickly, but now you can also use the same technology for third-party accounts. After the update, go to Settings> Accounts> Sign In Options on your Windows 10 PC and select Enabled in the new Require Windows Hello Sign In for Microsoft accounts.
Memory improvements in Microsoft Edge: This recently revised Chrome rival is the most used app and where people spend most of their time on Windows, says Microsoft. As a result, Microsoft has ensured that one of the first Win32 applications to take advantage of the segment's heap capabilities is Microsoft Edge. The first results of internal device tests in the May 2020 update show a reduction of up to 27% in memory usage when browsing with Microsoft Edge. The performance of an individual device varies depending on configuration and usage, but less memory usage can provide a better experience for the device, because more memory will be available for applications to use.
Name your desktops: Now, instead of "Desktop 1" or "Desktop 2", you can give your Virtual Desktops more descriptive, smart, fun or rude names. Using the virtual desktop in Windows 10 allows you to expand your desktop beyond the physical limitations of space, organize groups of related tasks, and easily switch between them. Facing what you want – when you want – should now be a little easier.
It's a numbers game: Keep the calculator close at all times – now you can choose to keep the Calculator app on top of all other windows. This means that you can open multiple windows without worrying about losing your calculator among all other applications.
Notepad news: The beloved 30-year-old text editor has some small but powerful improvements. You will now find the location / replacement, the quick zoom of the text and, when you see an asterisk in the title bar, you will know that you have unsaved changes.
Bringing smartphones and PCs together: With the Windows 10 May 2020 Update installed on your machine, you will find some of the most popular features of the Microsoft companion Your Phone app on your PC. The ability to make phone calls on Windows 10 will now be found on all PCs equipped with Microsoft ARM and third-party device manufacturers.
There's no need for a cursor, it's there: Windows Magnifier has a new capability in the latest update – it will keep the text cursor in the center of the screen, making typing easier and easier. It must mean that you are not.
If you want to verify that the Windows 10 May 2020 Update is ready and waiting to be installed on your PC, here's what you need to do. Open the Windows Update panel – which you can find by going to Settings> Update and security> Windows Update – and then press the Check updates button. After the update appears, you can select Download and install.
If you cannot see the update in the settings, it means that it has not yet reached your machine. While patience is undoubtedly a virtue, Microsoft offers an option for those who can't wait to wait until Windows 10 May 2020 reaches them slowly. You can go to the next page and click Download to get the disk image of the latest version of Windows 10 and install it on your machine.