Microsoft is now preparing the November 2019 Windows 2019 update, code name 19H2, for release. Also known as Windows 10 version 1909, this is the smallest, fastest Windows 1
We updated this article with the latest features up to Windows Insider build 18363,418, which Microsoft said was probably the last build on October 10, 2019.
A "Less Disturbing Update" With Fewer Changes
explains John Cable from Microsoft said this update "will be a comprehensive set of features for selected performance enhancements, business functions, and quality enhancements." In other words, expect a select number of bug fixes, performance changes, and a handful of business functions.
If you are tired of major Windows 10 updates every six months, Windows 2019 & November 399 (19H2) update is the update for you! Installing this update is more like installing a standard cumulative update such as the updates that arrive on Patch Tuesday. It should be a small download with a quick installation process – no long restart and cleaning of old Windows installations required.
Computers with the May 2019 update (also known as 19H1) installed get a small patch through Windows Update and are quickly updated themselves to the November 2019 update (19H2.) This will probably come sometime in November 2019, as the name suggests.
With the end of the life of Windows 7 on January 14, 2020, Microsoft clearly wants to prevent a repeat of last year's buggy update October 2018.
It is already available and is being tested. From September 5, Microsoft says that every Windows Insider in the "Preview Preview" ring has been offered Windows 10 version 1909. A year ago, the October 2018 update of Windows 10 was released without any testing in the Ring Release Preview. On October 10, Microsoft said that Windows Insiders in the Release Preview ring already had what Microsoft expects the final build to be.
Online Search in File Explorer
File Explorer has a new search experience. When you type in the search box, you will see a drop-down menu with a list of suggested files. It will also search for files in your OneDrive account online – not just files on your local PC. You can also right-click on one of the search results to open the location of the file.
You still have access to the more powerful, classic search experience by pressing Enter. This allows you to search for non-indexed locations, for example.
This feature was initially added to the Windows 10 20H1 update, but has been moved to the 19H2 update.
Other speech assistants on the lock screen
In the current versions of Windows 10, Cortana can be run on the lock screen. But Microsoft seems to give up Cortana as a consumer product. It is then appropriate for Cortana to make way for other voice assistants. A change may allow other voice assistants – such as Amazon Alexa – to run on the Windows 10 lock screen.
This is a small feature that should work automatically once Amazon has added it to Alexa. You can talk to your voice assistant and he can even hear you while you are on the lock screen and answer.
Or, as Microsoft says, this is a change to allow external digital assistants to activate voice above the lock screen. ”
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Creating calendar appointments from the taskbar
If you use the Windows 10 calendar application, it only gets better. If you don't, it's easier to get started. You can now create calendar appointments directly from the taskbar. Click on the time in the taskbar to open the calendar view. From here you can now click on a date and start typing in a text box to create a new calendar appointment. You can specify a name, time and location from here.
Before this update, the calendar "flyout" displayed calendar events on the taskbar, but you had to create those events in the Calendar app. Any events that you add here are also still displayed in the Windows 10 Calendar app.
Notification management enhancements
Microsoft spent some time on notifications in this update. When configuring notifications for an application, there are now images that show exactly what "notification banners" and "notifications in action center" are.
With Windows 10 you can now turn off the sounds that play when a message appears. This setting is available in the Settings> System> Notifications and Actions panel. Previously you could turn off notification sounds, but you had to turn them off separately for each app that displays notifications.
In the Settings> System> Notifications and Actions pane, applications are now sorted by default by the most recently displayed notification instead of by name. This helps you find the applications that send the most notifications and configure them.
You can now also configure notifications directly from the notification. Both banner notifications and Action Center notifications have options to configure or disable notifications – directly in the notification. The Action Center panel now also has a & # 39; Manage Notifications button & # 39; that appears at the top of the action center and that gives you easy access to the Notifications and Actions panel for configuring your notifications.
This update brings a few performance improvements. Some systems will see improvements in battery life, better CPU resource planning, and lower-latency digital inks.
Microsoft says it has "improved the overall battery life and power efficiency for PCs with certain processors." That is vague, but some PC's need to see longer battery life.
This update also includes some improvements in scheduling on computers with multi-core CPU & # 39; s. As Microsoft puts it: "A CPU can have multiple" favorite "cores (logical processors of the highest available planning class). To provide better performance and reliability, we have implemented a rotation policy that distributes work more fairly among these favorite cores."  Finally, computers with digital ink functions will have a lower latency for a more responsive drawing. With Windows 10, manufacturers can now & # 39; reduce the ink waiting time based on the hardware capabilities of their devices. & # 39; Windows was before this update 10 systems with ink for hardware & # 39; fixed with latency selected on a typical hardware configuration by the operating system & # 39; that sounds pretty crazy — Microsoft should have made this update years ago.
Start Menu Tweaks
The Start menu is now a bit more user-friendly. in the navigation pane on the left side of the menu (for example, the Settings, On / Off and Documents icons), it is automatically expanded to show you what you will click on.
Previously it only showed tool tips and you had to click on the menu icon in the top left corner of the Start menu to see these labels. Now it's easier to understand what all these icons do.
Narrator can find out more about your function key
Microsoft has improved the supporting technologies of Windows 10 with every update. 19H2 is smaller, so there aren't that many improvements, but Microsoft says it has enabled Narrator and third-party support technologies to read where the FN key is on computer keyboards and in what state it is – locked or unlocked  Future laptops and desktop keyboards can provide more information about the location of the Fn key and its status to people who cannot see the keys easily. That is a big improvement.
Other minor changes
This update also includes some other minor changes. Thanks to a Microsoft blog post:
- We have updated the search function in Explorer to display suggestions for the web alongside files indexed locally on the PC.
- We have added the possibility that Narrator and other assistive technologies learn to read and read where the FN key is on keyboards and in which state it is (locked versus unlocked).
Microsoft has also promised some enterprise improvements, but we have not seen many. Here is the full list of enhancements, thanks to various Microsoft blog posts:
- Windows containers require a corresponding host and container version. This limits customers and limits Windows containers to support mixed pod container scenarios. This update contains 5 solutions to address this and to enable the host to run containers at the same level for process isolation (Argon).
- or Key-rotation function allows secure roll of recovery passwords on MDM managed AAD devices upon request from Microsoft Intune / MDM tools or whenever recovery password is used to unlock the BitLocker protected drive. This feature helps prevent accidental password password recovery as part of manual BitLocker disk unlocking by users.
- We have enabled Windows Defender Credential Guard for ARM64 devices for additional login theft protection for companies deploying ARM64 devices in their organizations.
- We have offered companies the option to supplement the Windows 10 in S-mode policy to allow traditional Win32 (desktop) apps from Microsoft Intune.
- We have added additional debugging capabilities for newer Intel processors. This is only relevant for hardware manufacturers.
Recent improvements do not require an update
Microsoft has made some improvements to Windows 10 that port & # 39; was part of major updates. For example, if you have an Android phone and a Windows 10 PC, you can now use the Your Phone app to mirror your Android notifications to your PC. This function began to roll out " wide " in early July.
An early example of the new Windows Terminal app with tabs, customizable background images, and other new features is also available in the Store. It works on the current Windows 10 May 2019 update (also called 19H1), so you don't need a major operating system update to try it out.
Stay tuned for Windows 10 20H1
This appears to be a short list of features for an update that is only a few months after release comes out – and that's the point. We are likely to see a few minor changes, but you need to stay on top of Windows 10 20H1 for larger changes in the first half of 2020. That update includes the Windows subsystem for Linux (WSL 2) with a Linux kernel and an accessibility feature that allows you to drag and drop your eyes, for example.
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