Microsoft Windows 10 update version 2004 released for mainstream users
Microsoft has rolled out the update for its Windows 10 OS – the Windows 10 v2004 , for end users. This update includes many features that can boost work flow, productivity, accessibility and provide ease of work. Few security problems are fixed to ensure secure environment of OS.
Below is a brief list of updates available in Win10 v2004 :
Support for Your Phone App – The OS extended cross-device interoperability by allowing you to connect your phone to Windows PC and use the App to place text, get notifications, manage calls, access photos. Sharing the documents, webpages and Cortana notebook between your mobile and PC ( using Microsoft Launcher, Edge, Cortana respectively ) helps availing the services irrespective of the device you are currently using.
For details visit Microsoft official page for this feature.
Windows Subsystem for Linux – Improving the performance of Linux subsystems in Windows, bug fixes, extended support of WSL2 for ARM64 devices, allowing global configuration options for all WSL distros and allowing to specify custom Linux kernel are the summary on additions of WSL.
To have glance on details see this post from Windows command line blog.
Cortana now has chat-based service on Windows – Cortana as your productivity assistant now gives most of it by responding to your type or speech requests through a resizable, draggable and convenient window to stay in touch with you all the time you need.
Improving your Bluetooth pairing experience – Now the connectivity of compatible bluetooth devices to Windows PC is quickly accessible from the notifications menu instead of accessing from Settings to manage those devices.
Windows Hello Sign-in for Microsoft Accounts – An extra layer of security is added by allowing biometric( face , fingerprint ) or PIN authentication to sign-in to PC using the Microsoft account.
PUA blocking – Windows App & browser control warns you about Potentially unwanted apps on your PC and lets you control to continue use of that app or not.
Customizing your Virtual desktops – Virtual desktops which give power to use desktops beyond physical availability can now be renamed into more descriptive names ( with emojis, kaomojis ) you wish.
Low memory usage by Microsoft Edge – Windows is implementing its segmentation heap algorithm for the browser app which benefits in reduced memory usage by Edge, though the percentage of usage reduced depends on the configuration and usage of the browser.
Modified Notepad – Wrap-around find/replace is added to find dialog that can now keep track of previously entered text and checkbox status when you open in future. Quick autofill of selected text in find dialog, text-zooming, unsaved indication with * on title bar, default visibility of status bar having columns as line numbers with word-wrap, encoding type of document are mighty improvements in the text-editor.
Cloud recovery – Previously, Reset this PC was only able to do a local reinstall and would build a new Windows installation from existing Windows files. Microsoft says, “The cloud download option will reinstall the same build, version, and edition, that is currently installed on your device. This new cloud download option is available to all Windows 10 devices and is different from the ‘Recover from the cloud’ feature available on some earlier Windows 10 devices.”
Detailed improvements on accessibility tools like Narrator and Magnifier can be found here.
Security Updates :
Improvements in Windows Sandbox :
- Support for configuration files so you can configure some aspects of the sandbox, such a vGPU, networking, and shared folders.
- Microphone support.
- The ability to configure audio input from the configuration file.
- Activate the Ease of Access dialog with Shift+Alt+[print screen].
- Enter and exit full screen mode with Ctrl+Alt+[break].
Support for WPA3 and WI-FI 6 protocols to defend against Wi-Fi network attacks like KRACK, DragonBlood and more.
With modern hardware System Guard Secure Launch will check the device firmware for ensuring that not tampering is done.
This update can be seen in Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Check for updates. For few Windows 10 1903 and 1909 users update prompt is shown by Windows. It may take sometime for the update to show up in the Settings app, but you can manually download it with the help of Update Assistant from the official site. Microsoft updates roll out slowly so that the software updates will get stable by fixing the bugs faced during the roll out process. To find the known issues said by Microsoft head to this link. It will be better to update from the Settings app, as in the meantime issues can be fixed and version may stabilize.