The 19H2 Update for Windows 10 will be available in the second half of 2019, possibly in September or October. This is also known as Windows 10 version 1909 and is the smallest and fastest Windows 10 update so far. It's practically just a service pack.
A less disruptive update with fewer changes
John Cable of Microsoft states that this update will be "a set of features for selected performance improvements, enterprise features, and quality enhancements." In other words, you can expect a range of selected bug fixes, performance improvements, and a handful of business functions.
If you're sick of big Windows 1
Computers that have the update from May 2019 (also known as 19H1) installed receive a small patch through Windows Update and can quickly be upgraded to 19H2. This will probably happen sometime in September or October 2019.
With the end of Windows 7 on January 14, 2020, Microsoft is determined to avoid repeating the flawed October 2018 update from last year.
Other language assistants on the Internet Lock screen
In current versions of Windows 10, Cortana can run on the lock screen. But Microsoft seems to abandon Cortana as a consumer product. It is therefore appropriate that Cortana gives way to other language assistants. Changing this will allow other language assistants such as Amazon Alexa to run on the Windows 10 lock screen.
This is a small feature that should work automatically once Amazon adds it to Alexa. You can talk to your voice assistant and he can hear you even if you are on the lock screen and answer.
Or, as Microsoft puts it, this is a change that allows third-party digital wizards to enable voice activation over the lock screen. "
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Create a calendar event from the taskbar
If you're using the Windows 10 calendar application, it's even better now. If you do not, getting started is easier. You can now create calendar events directly in the taskbar. Just click the clock in the taskbar to open the calendar view. From here, you can now click on a date and start typing in a text box to create a new calendar event. Here you can enter a name, a time and a place.
Prior to this update, calendar events appeared in the Calendar flyout on the taskbar. However, these events had to be created in the Calendar app. Any events you add here will continue to appear in the Windows 10 Calendar app.
Notification Management Improvements
Microsoft has been spending some time with notifications in this update. When you configure notifications for an application, the images now show exactly the "notification banners" and "notifications in the action center".
In Windows 10, you can now disable the sounds that play when a notification is displayed. This setting is available in Settings> System> Notifications and Actions. Previously, you could disable notification sounds, but you had to disable them separately for each app that displays notifications.
The Settings> System> Notifications and Actions pane now sorts applications by the last displayed notification, not by name. This will help you find the applications that send the most notifications and configure them.
You can now also configure notifications directly from the notification. Both banner notifications and Action Center notifications have options to configure or disable notifications – right in the notification. The Action Center panel now also has a Manage Alerts button, which appears at the top of the Action Center and provides easy access to the Notifications and Actions pane for configuring your notifications.
This update brings some performance improvements. Some systems will see improvements in battery life, better CPU resource planning and lower latency in digital inking.
Microsoft states that there are "general improvements in battery life and energy efficiency for PCs with certain processors". This is vague, but some PCs should do this, see longer battery life.
This update also provides some scheduling improvements on computers with multi-core CPUs. As Microsoft puts it: "A CPU can have several 'preferred' cores (logical processors of the highest available scheduling class). For better performance and reliability, we have implemented a rotation policy that distributes work more fairly to these preferred cores.
Computers with digital coloring capabilities have lower latency for more responsive drawing. With Windows 10, manufacturers can now "reduce ink latency based on the hardware capabilities of their devices." Prior to this update, Windows 10 systems with ink hardware were "hindered by the latency selected by the operating system for typical hardware configuration." That sounds pretty crazy – Microsoft should have done this update years ago.
Microsoft also promised some corporate enhancements, but we have not seen many yet. Here is the full list of enhancements courtesy to multiple Microsoft blog posts:
- Windows containers require a matching host and container version. This restricts customers and restricts support for mixed-version container pod scenarios through Windows containers. This fix includes 5 fixes to fix this and allow the host to run containers at a higher level for process isolation (argon).
- Key Roles or The Key Rotation feature allows secure propagation of recovery passwords on MDM managed AAD devices at the request of Microsoft Intune / MDM tools or whenever the recovery password is used to unlock the BitLocker protected drive. This feature prevents accidental disclosure of recovery passwords as part of user manual unlocking of BitLocker drives.
- We have added additional debugging capabilities for newer Intel processors. This is only relevant for hardware manufacturers.
Recent improvements did not require an update.
Microsoft has made some improvements to Windows 10. & # 39; was not part of big updates. For example, if you have an Android phone and a Windows 10 PC, you can now use the Your Phone app to mirror your Android alerts to your PC. This feature began in early July with the general introduction of .
An early preview of the new Windows Terminal app with tabs, customizable wallpaper, and other new features is also available in the store. It works with the latest Windows update of May 10, 2019 (also called 19H1), so you do not need a major OS update to try it out.
Stay tuned to Windows 10 20H1
This seems to be a short list of features for an update released just a few months after it was released That's the point. We'll probably see some minor changes, but you'll need to stay tuned for major changes to Windows 10 20H1 in the first half of 2020. This update will include the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL 2) with a Linux kernel and an accessibility feature that lets you use drag and drop to work with your eyes, for example.
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