Microsoft should release its next highly successful update Windows 10 this month. However, the Redmond-based company waits until the last possible moment to launch the so-called May 2020 Update in order to fix a zero-day vulnerability in the operating system.
For those who don't know, a zero-day exploit is already known to hackers and other cyber criminals. This means that Microsoft needs to strive to fix Windows 10 users around the world – so it makes sense that the company wants to postpone an update due to the launch in the coming weeks to include the necessary patch.
Unfortunately, although it takes extra time to compile the fix, the next Windows 10 update will still not be perfect.
The company admitted that there are still problems with the update that will not be fixed before shipping the new software to users worldwide. Microsoft has confirmed that another patch will be needed in the pipeline to resolve known issues.
Microsoft explains: "We are aware of an issue where using the DISM (Deployment Image Service and Management) tool to repair corruption in systems running the May 2020 Update does not always report the correct status. This will be fixed in an upcoming service release. "
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Unfortunately, it is impossible to say when Microsoft will have its fix ready for the 1 billion users who run Windows 10 worldwide.
However, this may take a while. Especially since Microsoft clearly doesn't consider it important enough to fix the May 2020 primary update when it launches later this month.
In addition to fixing the zero-day vulnerability, the next Windows 10 update comes with some new features and tweaks. Cortana sees some of the biggest changes in the May 2020 update.
It is no longer confined to the taskbar – as in older versions of Windows 10, Cortana can now be moved and resized like any other windowed application. And it's not just the way Cortana is accessed that has changed. Microsoft has also given the speaking AI assistant a number of other features.
With Cortana up to date, you can now ask the assistant to search your inbox asking "show me emails from [name]". You can also ask the assistant to send a message asking," Send an email to [name] letting you know I'm late ". If you use Microsoft Teams, Cortana can also help you attend a meeting with a simple" Join my meeting "command.
Unfortunately, not all new features are brilliant. Microsoft has ruled out some features to optimize the chat assistant, including Bing Instant Answers, jokes and other conversations from the assistant, as well as timer support.
Windows Search has also been improved. The system-wide search feature can now correct your spelling errors – so that typos do not prevent you from finding the correct Word document or email. Not only that, but the Quick Search feature can also help you find information from the web, such as the latest weather in a new user interface.
Microsoft has also pushed virtual desktops to maintain settings between reboots. You can now also rename individual workspaces to make sorting easier while you work. Microsoft has also added more options to the Settings panel. This means that you won't have to dive into the Control Panel as often, something that Microsoft wants to migrate as Windows 10 continues to evolve.
There are also some other useful settings, including the ability to monitor the temperature of your graphics card in the Task Manager, as well as the simplified Swift Pair feature that makes it easy to connect and disconnect Bluetooth devices such as a mouse, keyboard and headset.