Microsoft said on Friday that it had finalized its next Windows 10 feature release, the code-named 20H2, which it has now released to beta testers as a Windows 10 October 2020 update.
“We believe build 19042.508 is the final build and still continue to improve the overall experience of the October 2020 update on customers’ PCs as part of our general servicing cadence,” Brandon Leblanc of Microsoft, a senior at Microsoft Program manager. The Windows Insider Program Team wrote in a blog post.
The Windows 10 October 2020 update is officially being released for the Windows Insider Release Preview Channel, the most conservative of all Microsoft’s beta channels. Downloading Microsoft’s beta code as part of the Insider Program requires signing up as part of their Microsoft Insider Program. To do this, you can go to the Windows 10 Settings menu, then Update & Security> Windows Insider Program And follow the prompts. It will load Microsoft’s release candidate for the October 2020 update on your machine, after a reboot and some additional downloads. (Always back up important data first, just make sure.)
Microsoft’s process to roll out by October 2020 is consistent with how it has been done in the past. Even if you are signing up for the release preview channel, you will have to manually “ask” or “seek” the Windows 10 October 2020 update, perhaps clicking on a link in the Settings menu or the appropriate button By doing. .
Microsoft also stated that it is also beginning to automatically roll out the October 2020 update for insiders in the beta channel. “For insiders who had not previously chosen to install the October 2020 update – they would automatically offer it via Windows Update,” Lebanon wrote.
So what does the Windows 10 October 2020 update provide? Microsoft has begun to prioritize major, feature-laden releases for Spring, and to abandon the Falling bug and emphasize feature-of-life fixes. The October 2020 release is no different. Fortunately, we already have a chance to review the Windows 10 October 2020 update based on Microsoft’s beta code.
Here is a quick summary:
New Age. Microsoft’s October 2020 update is the official debut of the new Edge browser, if you haven’t already downloaded it. The new Edge is based on Chromium, the same underpinning as Google Chrome, and allows you to use similar plugins. It is smooth and solid.
Start an updated UI. The start menu seems a bit obvious at the moment, which I personally consider a step backwards. Your tastes may be different, however.
Updated Alt + Tab behavior. The venerable Alt + Tab command now includes the Edge tab as well as all other open apps on your PC. Properly managed, this can be a real improvement.
There is definitely more, so see our review for full details.