The Windows 10 'May 2020 Update' is imminent, now in Release Preview

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Microsoft's next Windows 10 feature update (though not for Mobile, of course) is imminent. The 'May 2020 Update' (version 2004, for those that log branch numbers), is now hitting the Release Preview ring for Insiders, meaning that general availability will be within a month. It's 'all about fit and finish', according to fellow Brit Zac Bowden, who reviews the update in visual form below. The 'May 2020 Update' will be delivered as a full OS update, and not as a cumulative update like Windows 10 version 1909.

Here's Zac's video, anyway, from just over a month ago, but nicely concise. Click through to view full-screen, as needed:

The highlights of the 'May 2020 Update' then are:

  • Cortana is split off as an application and can be updated in the Store.
  • Cortana no longer has access to personal things like your 'Notebook' and home automation - it's re-engineered to hook into productivity applications, such as those in Office/Microsoft 365.
  • The Windows Search box now has a 'search with screenshot', to look up whatever's in your selection (text/images, etc)
  • Task Manager now knows about, and reports on, SSDs, plus it shows GPU data, including temperature.
  • Tweaks to the Windows Ink workspace.
  • Option to force people to sign in with Windows Hello (stopping password stealing local attacks).
  • More Networking controls in Settings (obviating the need to go into Control panel)

All fairly small improvements, but note that, as always, there's lots of re-engineering going on under the hood. This update is available now on the Release Preview ring, and will start to be offered to the general public in May. As the (ahem) name suggests!

Source / Credit: YouTube