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Windows 10 October 2020 Update
September 28, 2020

Microsoft are set to release the Windows 10 October 2020 Update (also known as the 20H2 update).

What’s most surprising is that there’s not a huge amount that’s brand new (unlike previous releases), but that’s a good thing – it means effort has gone into polishing and bug fixing, which is great news for Windows 10 users.

Desktop environment
The first thing you’ll notice is the Start Menu, particularly if you have tiles pinned to it.  The update introduces theme-aware tiles, which means they have a transparent effect, instead of being a block colour.  You can enable color for the Start menu in Settings > Personalization > Colors, and tiles will be coloured while retaining the transparency effect.

All Apps list
Now that icons are no longer required to fit into coloured squares, they appear bigger and look cleaner.

New Micorsoft Edge now built-in
This is the first version of Windows 10 to ship with the new Chromium-based Edge (although you’ve been able to download it for a while now, check out our blog post here).

An example of one of the new features is the task switcher, which can be accessed using Alt+Tab. if you have lots of Edge tabs open, you can see each one listed individually in the task switcher, so you can move between tasks more easily.

Notifications
The new update brings improvements to the way in which notifications are presented to you. The app name and icon are now shown at the top, for instant clarity at a glance. There will also be a new ‘X’ button to allow you to immediately cancel notifications.

No more distractions during Focus Assist
if you’ve used Focus Assist before, you may have noticed that it still pops up with a message to tell you that it’s not going to show you any more notifications! Which is pretty distracting. With the new update, Microsoft is disabling all the Focus Assist notifications as default (but you can still re-enable them in Settings if you want to).

Control panel changes: ‘System’ page removed and replaced with ‘About’ 
The ‘System’ page in the Control Panel has been removed, and when you try to access it, you will be taken to the ‘About’ page in the new Settings app. All the information found in the Settings pane in Control Panel is available in the Settings app. There’s even a really useful ‘copy’ button to copy all the text to our clipboard.

 

Let us know what you think of the new experience once it’s become available!

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