The next update for Windows 10 is due for release in May 2019 (it was previously scheduled for April, but Microsoft have pushed it back).
Let’s take a look at what you can expect…
Changes to Updates
Microsoft are making big changes to the way in which updates are rolled out. Windows 10 will no longer automatically install big updates (like the May 2019 Update) without your permission. Instead, you’ll receive a notification and it’s your choice as to whether or not you want to install it.
Note: We would generally always recommend installing these updates to ensure your PC is running the most up-to-date version of the OS, however, sometimes these larger updates can affect third-party software. If you’re a projectfive customer and you’re in any doubt as to what you should do, then give our team a call.
Light Desktop Theme
The May Update will bring with it a new light theme option. This means that the Start menu, task bar, notifications and other elements can also be light instead of dark.
Don’t worry! The dark taskbar and colour settings will still be the default and your whole desktop theme won’t suddenly change with the update.
No Passwords to Login
This is one of the biggest changes to accompany the update, as Microsoft pursues “a world without passwords.”
You will be able to create a Microsoft account without a password online. The account will be linked to your phone and when you try you try to sign in to your account for the first time, you will receive a text with a security code.
You can then use Windows Hello to set up a pin, fingerprint or facial recognition login method.
This means you need never type a password to access your Microsoft account – because it doesn’t have one!
Cortana and Search will be separate
With the new update, Cortana and Search will be two separate functions. The search bar will function as a normal search box and there’ll be a separate Cortana icon on the taskbar.
If you’re using Windows 10 Professional, then the new Windows Sandbox tool will allow you to run software and test out code in a virtualised version of Windows, without it actually affecting your main Windows 10 installation.
Our verdict? It sounds like the Windows 10 May Update will be more of a polished version, as opposed to the dramatic new features of its predecessors. But the new changes are very welcome and the step into the passwordless world is definitely one to watch.