With the development of Windows 10 19H1 ending, it's time to take a step back and evaluate this important new version of Windows. Instead of a formal review, Windows 10 is Windows 10 is Windows 10, after all, I thought it would make a bit more sense to analyze the many changes and improvements that Microsoft will bring with this version and focus on the best of the best in place.
Any list like this one is, of course, subjective, and you may appreciate some other features more than those I mention below. Undoubtedly, you can find more complete lists of the new features of Windows 10 19H1: Microsoft, for example, maintains its own list on the Microsoft Docs website. And Chris Hoffman of How-To Geek also has a very complete overview. But I will focus only on the best changes. You know, in my opinion.
We are going to submerge.
1. Improved Light Theme (application mode)
Microsoft has always confused the issues with their Windows 10 system themes, which to date, have actually been called application modes because the word "theme" was previously used to describe wallpaper background packets, sounds, cursors of mouse and color combinations. In Windows 10 19H1, the term application mode seems to be disappearing. But keep accessing the system's themes, not the old school themes, in the same place in Settings: Personalization> Colors.
As with the few previous releases of Windows 10, Windows 10 19H1 includes the themes Light and Dark, um,. But the Light theme has been dramatically revised in this version. It is much lighter than before, it even comes with a new lighter wallpaper. But, more importantly, the new Light theme has a much more professional appearance and, as a spoiler alert, it also suggests that the new user interface will appear in the future competitors of Microsoft's Chrome OS. I thought the Light theme was a bit too light when I saw it in pictures, but it's really cool in real use. Unlike the Dark theme, which still seems to have been improvised by non-professionals.
2. Cortana is cut on the knees.
Like the live mosaics in Start, Cortana has always been frustrating and mostly meaningless in Windows 10. And Microsoft made the serious mistake last year of making its personal digital assistant annoyingAlso, by forcing all users to endure their scattering and squeaking during the installation of Windows, a terrible tactic to make it look like they were addressing a need for non-existent accessibility. But in Windows 10 19H1, Microsoft is taking steps to reverse the madness, finally.
First, and perhaps more dramatically, Microsoft is "decoupling" Windows Search and Cortana, both visually and functionally. That means we now have two things to remove from the default taskbar, a Cortana button and a search box, instead of a single Cortana / Search combo box. That's fine because the most important change here is that Search and Cortana are now completely different experiences. So, instead of being confused with the Cortana user interface when all you want to do is find a file on your PC, you can now safely ignore a technology that does not make much sense on a PC. (Once again, like living tiles.)
For those who do use Cortana, do not worry: the assistant has also received a good update in 19H1, with support for Microsoft To Do (for those in Australia, India, the US or the UK), new home features Smart, and the integration of Amazon Alexa. (As always, Cortana is currently only available in compatible markets, which can also help explain why it makes sense to remove it from Search).
The other big change is that Microsoft is disabling Cortana's terrible voice-over in the installation of Windows … but only in Windows 10 Pro, Education and Enterprise. Windows 10 Home users will still have to try to nervously find the Silent button after Cortana scares them when configuring that version.
3. Pause of updates for 7 days
Windows 10 Pro and above have always had controls to pause and defer Windows 10 updates, although the interface is a bit hidden and quite obtuse. So Microsoft, for the most common use case to be more obvious, has added the option "Pause updates for 7 days" at the top of the list of options in the Windows Update Settings in 19H1. More surprisingly, this option is now available in Windows 10 Home, so this version of Windows 10 is the first and only time that Windows 10 Home users can explicitly pause updates in any meaningful way.
Yes, I would like to see more. But I still applaud this first and very important step. Microsoft is finally moving away from the abyss.
4. Uninstall more applications in the box
Windows 10 is delivered with a ton of applications from the Store and most of them are useless or are simply junk software. In previous versions of Windows 10, only some of them (Microsoft Solitaire Collection, My Office (which was renamed Office in 19H1), OneNote, Print 3D, Skype, Tips and Weather) could be uninstalled completely without resorting to complicated tricks based In PowerShell. But in 19H1, Microsoft has dramatically expanded the list of integrated applications that the user can uninstall. So the list now includes the following, too: 3D Viewer, Calculator, Calendar, Music, Mail, Movies and TV, 3D Paint, Trim and Sketch, Sticky Notes and Voice Recorder.
Removing these applications will not save a significant amount of disk space. But it will declassify the Start menu quite a lot, and if you prefer not to see these entries there, the tranquility will continue. Everything is alright.
5. Log in with an account without a password
As part of Microsoft's ongoing effort to remove passwords from online accounts, Windows 10 19H1 now supports all the ways you can sign in to your Microsoft account (MSA). And that includes new MSA without a password for those who have an associated phone number. The first time you log in to Windows 10 19H1 on a new PC or restart, you can optionally do so using only that phone number. Then, enter the code that was sent through text messages to complete the login, and then you can configure the facial recognition, fingerprint and Windows Hello PIN so you never have to enter your password again. Amazing. Y safe.
6. Simplified start
Because live tiles are useless on PCs, they were designed for the "at-a-glance" interaction typical of smartphones; I usually go through that area on my PC and then I completely ignore it. So I was interested to see that Microsoft has adopted my patchwork area design as the default in Windows 10 19H1. This new design consists of a mosaic column instead of two, which creates a more elegant and thin default start menu and, apparently, is only the first step to further improvements. (Which I assume will include the complete removal of the live tiles in a future version). This is not a rocket science; Once again, I've been setting up my Start menu in this way for years, but it looks better. And that is a good thing.
7. Windows Sandbox
Those with Windows 10 Pro and better and the appropriate hardware chipsets on their PCs have always been able to use Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization platform. And that continues in Windows 10 19H1. But Microsoft has also added a new lighter virtualization solution called Windows Sandbox that can be used to test unique applications without the overhead and time needed to start Hyper-V, create a new virtual machine (VM) and install (and maintain) Windows Instead, Sandbox appears quickly, allowing you to test applications without compromising your actual installation of Windows 10. And when you finish testing, it disappears completely. This will not benefit most users, I suppose, but it is a much quicker and easier experience for those who need it.
8. Improvements in the history of the clipboard.
The Windows 10 "clipboard in the cloud" functionality is poorly understood and underused because it is disabled by default and you have to navigate to Settings> System> Clipboard to find it. But this feature is quite surprising: it stores a history of the text, the images, the files and other elements that it copies to the clipboard of the system, it does it in multiple PCs if it wishes (and it can include its smartphones, although in a more limited). fashion), and then present a visual list of those elements when you use the keyboard shortcut WINKEY + V to paste.
That is quite excellent. But it's getting even better in Windows 10 version 1903, with a redesigned user interface that shows more elements you can paste. Also, I mention it here because, once again, most people do not even know this function.
9. Windows Mail improvements
Windows Mail is the most unprofessional and weak email application that Microsoft has created and the fact that it is included with Windows 10 makes this fact particularly embarrassing: the integrated applications must show what is possible in the applications of the Store , not on the poster. Children for what is wrong with the platform. But as is the case with some other elements on my list here, Microsoft is again subtly recognizing the problem by taking some small steps to fix them.
For example, Microsoft is finally addressing my biggest email complaint by adding a feature, called Default Source, that other email applications have offered since the 1990s: the ability to customize the font, size, color, and emphasis of the text that is displayed in the email messages. For the past three and a half years, Mail relied on its system's zoom settings to determine how this text looked, and while it offered manual zoom capabilities, it never "got stuck" and could not be configured, made. Respect the mail message container by offering automatic adjustment.
In addition, Microsoft finally formally admits the dark "theme" of Windows 10 in Windows Mail (and Calendar), which means that the application itself, as well as the content it displays, will have a theme according to what the user chooses. Microsoft says that this change means that Mail now "will provide a quieter reading experience for people working in a low light environment or simply prefer screens that are less bright and help reduce eye strain." more mature
Yes, Mail still needs a lot more work. But again, small steps.
10. Screen clipping enhancements
Well, Windows 10 has too many ways to create screenshots. But the Snipping Tool application that I found so superfluous in previous versions of Windows 10 has been updated very well, and in Windows 10 19H1, it has become the preferred way to capture all or part of the screen.
First, the name was changed to Screen Crop and is also available through a keyboard shortcut (WINKEY + SHIFT + S) and the fast-configuration tile mosaic of the Action Center for easy access. There is also a full-screen overlay that now appears, with a small toolbar that offers rectangular screen, free-form, window, or full-screen cropping options. And when you make a cut, you can edit it optionally through the notice that appears. Beautiful.
Is it still too complicated? Go to Settings> Ease of access> Keyboard, look for the option "Use the PrtScn button to open the screen clipping" and enable it. Now, you can simply activate the screen crop with the Print screen button on your keyboard.
But wait, there is more
Ok, cut the list at 10. Of course, there's a lot more in Windows 10 version 1903, so I'll soon write more about this version.