Windows 10 May 2020 Update Changes, Improvements, Features [20H1]

A complete log of Windows 10 May 2020 Update Changes, Improvements, Features [20H1].

Windows 10 May 2020 Update

Windows 10 2004 is the upcoming version of the OS supposed to be released in May 2020. Currently, Microsoft has provided codename 20H1 but it will get the name Windows 10 May 2020 Update at launch. This will be the first Windows 10 feature update of the year that will include the changes, features, and improvements that Microsoft is testing on Insiders.

Development for 20H1 release is continuously going on and Microsoft is releasing builds at regular interval. The features and improvements in each build will be available in Windows 10 2004 update. Here, you will find the full Windows 10 2004 changelog –

1] Windows Security
2] Time & Language
3] Devices
4] Ease of Access
5] Store Utilities and tools
6] Windows Search
7] System apps
8] Your Phone
9] Update & Security


Now see the changelog in details –

Windows 10 May 2020 Update Changes, Improvements, and Features 20H1

1] Windows Security

Windows Sandbox accessibility Improvement

The Windows 10 May 2020 Update brings several updates to make Windows Sandbox accessibility scenarios better. This includes –

Microphone support

The upcoming release 2004 will include the capability to configure the audio input device through Windows Sandbox config file.

A Shift+Alt+Print Screen shortcut combination in the Sandbox will activate the ease of access dialog to enable high contrast mode.

A Ctrl+Alt+Break key will let you enter or exit full-screen mode

Windows 10 Build 18855 [20H1] Skip Ahead Details

Windows Sandbox configuration file support

In the Win10 2004, Windows Sandbox will support configuration files. These files allow you to configure networking and shared folders and GPU.

Windows 10 Build 18841 20H1 Details

2] Time & Language

Dictation support to more languages Improvement

Windows 10 May 2020 Update will support dictation when using the languages “French (Canada)”, “English (Canada)”, “German (Germany)”, “English (UK)”, “French (France)”, “English (Australia)”, “English (India)”, “Italian (Italy)”, “Spanish (Spain)”, “Spanish (Mexico)”, “Portuguese (Brazil)”, and “Chinese (Simplified, China)” in addition to English (US).

To check it out Set focus on a text field and press WIN + H shortcut key Alternatively you can tap the little mic button at the uppermost of the touch keyboard. Speak what you want to say, then press WIN + H a secondly or tap the microphone button to stop the dictation. Alternatively, let the dictation session time out on its own.

You will need to download Speech for dictation to work. To try go to Settings => Time & => Language, click on the desired language and then click on Options. If speech resources are available but you haven’t been downloaded it previously, you will find a download button.

Dictation depends on the language of the active keyboard and to switch between preferable one, press WIN + Space.

East Asian Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME) Improvements (Build 18875)

Windows 10 20H1 provides new Japanese IME. In the upcoming release, IME will more secure, stable, with improvement in game compatibility.

Japanese IME

Updated IMEs are available for Traditional and Simplified Chinese. Windows 10 1903 version will come with new versions of the Chinese Simplified IMEs (Pinyin and Wubi), moreover, Chinese Traditional IMEs (Bopomofo, ChangJie, and Quick). The version will improve reliability and security by redesigning how they work with applications. The interface is cleaner for the settings pages and candidate window as well. Settings app also has renewed and Improved settings of the IMEs.

East Asian IME

1] Windows 10 Build 18875 20H1 Details

2] Windows 10 Build 18885 Details

Language Settings Improvements

In Windows 10 May 2020 Update 20H1 you are able to view the current state of your Language in an easier way. The latest version includes an overview section that allows to quickly check the default languages for “Speech”, “Keyboard”, “Windows display”, “Regional format”, and “Apps & Websites”. If anything is not according to your preference, click one of the tiles which will carry you to where you need to be to change that selection.

In addition, the language features installation page has got tooltips with descriptions.

Chinese Pinyin IME settings have received an update to refer to Default mode, instead of Input mode.

3] Devices in Windows 10 2004

SwiftKey’s Typing Intelligence support for More Languages

Windows 10 2004 will bring SwiftKey’s typing intelligence for the following 39 languages –

Afrikaans (South Africa), Albanian (Albania), Arabic (Saudi Arabia), Armenian (Armenia), Azerbaijani (Azerbaijan), Basque (Spain), Bulgarian (Bulgaria), Catalan (Spain), Croatian (Croatia), Czech (Czech Republic), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Netherlands), Estonian (Estonia), Finnish (Finland), Galician (Spain), Georgian (Georgia), Greek (Greece), Hausa (Nigeria), Hebrew (Israel), Hindi (India), Hungarian (Hungary), Indonesian (Indonesia), Kazakh (Kazakhstan), Latvian (Latvia), Lithuanian (Lithuania), Macedonian (Macedonia), Malay (Malaysia), Norwegian (Bokmal, Norway), Persian (Iran), Polish (Poland), Romanian (Romania), Serbian (Serbia), Serbian (Serbia), Slovak (Slovakia), Slovenian (Slovenia), Swedish (Sweden), Turkish (Turkey), Ukrainian (Ukraine), Uzbek (Uzbek).

The whole means Windows 10 20H1 updates the underlying language model when typing in each of these languages. This will improve the accuracy of the autocorrections, shape writing, and predictions. You’d find this when using the onscreen keyboard, or the hardware keyboard text predictions (if enabled).

Windows 10 Build 18860 20H1 Details

Windows Ink Workspace Updates

In the latest version, Windows Ink Workspace is a little smaller and includes a link to Microsoft Whiteboard app. This provides you the information about rich ideation and collaboration capabilities. Microsoft Whiteboard is a freeform digital canvas where ideas, content, and people can come together. It comprises a boundless canvas, optional backgrounds (including graph paper and solid dark grey) to select from, rainbow ink support, multiple pages, and generally addresses much of the feedback you shared with us about Sketchpad. When you use Sketchpad, the tool saved the sketch in your Pictures folder.

You can show it by right-clicking the taskbar and choosing – Show Windows Workspace Icon.

Windows Ink Workspace has got an update moreover change for the overflow menu button to use an ellipsis icon.

4] Ease of access

Accessibility improvements

Windows 10 May 2020 Update will carry some important Accessibility improvements –

The efficiency of the Narrator is far better when reading tables. When you navigate with the same column or row the Header information no longer repeated. Exiting and Entering tables will be verbose to a lower extent.

A new command will lead to show Narrator web page summary and this is Narrator+S. You will get the information about landmarks, hyperlinks, and headings.

The version provides to keep the text cursor in the center of the screen making it easier and smoother to type while using Magnifier. The position is set by default but you are free to change in Settings.

Windows 10 Build 18894 (20H1) Changes, Fixes, and Improvements

The current Windows 10 version, Magnifier UI supports dark theme and text sizing options.


Click me link solution

Narrator is able to read out you the title of the page that’s linked to. You need to only press “Caps+Ctrl + D”. Then Narrator will automatically take the URL of the hyperlink where you are and send it to an online service that will send the page title to the tool. If you would like to turn off all online service usage by the Ease of access tool, you can use Narrator Settings.

Windows 10 Build 18912 20H1 Brings Narrator Improvements and Fixes

Data Table Reading Improvements

Windows 10 May 2020 Update changes include optimized information that you hear with the Narrator when navigating a table with the help of table navigation commands. The tool now reads the header data first, then the cell data, then the row or column position for that cell. Moreover, Narrator only reads out the headers when these are changed, so you can focus on the content of the cell.

Bopomofo IME settings have received an update for making Ctrl + Space usable for toggling conversation mode.

Narrator starts reading webpages and emails automatically

Narrator will now automatically start reading webpages in order to read them faster. This will begin reading at the predominant landmark, if there is one or will fall back to a reasonable paragraph. The narrator will also start reading emails itself in Outlook and other inbox Mail applications.

Eye Control Improvements

Windows 10 May 2020 Update 20H1 will improve Eye Control. Following are the settings that will get improvements –


Eye control will get drag-and-drop feature which is most requested of customers. When you turn this setting on from Ease of access, the precise mouse control tool will allow drag operations. In addition, Ctrl and Shift modifier keys will have the capability to combine clicks and drags.


Windows 10 20H1 version 2004 will include improvements to the pause experience. When you will select the pause button it will fully hide the launchpad. The launchpad will again appear when you briefly stop looking at your screen on dismissal. This change allows uninterrupted viewing of full-screen content, such as watching a video. In similar fashion, the feature also allows eye gaze enabled applications to be used without triggering Eye Control. This is useful when playing a short time ago launched Eye First applications.

Switch support

Previously, Dwell was the way for clicking a button. Dwelling means fixing your eyes on part of the screen and keeping your eyes continuously there for a specific amount of time. The current Windows 10 version will add another activation method, switch. According to this, you are able to use dwell to choose the target, but click a button with switch. This version supports switches on joysticks or devices emulating joysticks.

Under the hood

Developers can now create their own gaze enabled applications using open source Gaze Interaction Library located in the Windows Community Toolkit. The Tech giant has revised the Eye Control. The user interface is implemented using the same code that is in the Gaze Interaction Library.

The settings app has got more Eye Control features. The options here include additional fine control of the numeric values that change the responsiveness of the system as per eye movements.

5] Store Utilities and Tools

Snip & Sketch version 10.1901.10521.0

  • In Windows 10 May 2020 Update, snips became a bit blurry after saving or copying to the clipboard is solved.
  • The experts for Windows 10 fixed copying to clipboard would fail issue when you switched out of the app while the copying was in progress.
  • They solved suggested file name turned into unexpectedly a GUID for snips when it was launched via Win+Shift+S toast.
  • They have included Narrator (screen reader) confirmations in this version when a snip is copied to clipboard.
  • Windows 10 20H1 changes the default save format to be png. However, you are able to use the drop-down when storing to pick your desired format if it’s not png.
  • The version resolved auto-copy changes to clipboard weren’t working on return from Snip & Sketch settings problem.
  • The team solved an app might crash when you closed 2 app windows in sequence.
  • They fixed the default save file location that was documents instead of pictures. The Save dialog wouldn’t memorize where you previously store a snip is also fixed in the continuation.

Windows 10 Build 18850 20H1 Details

Windows Subsystem for Linux 2

Windows 10 May 2020 Update 20H1 introduces WSL 2, a new version of the architecture that empowers the Windows Subsystem for Linux to execute ELF64 Linux binaries on Windows. This feature uses a real Linux kernel, modifies how the Linux binaries interact with your PC’s hardware and Windows, nonetheless provides WSL 1 experience. WSL 2 performs a quicker file system performance together with full system call compatibility, which allows you to run multiple applications similar to Docker!

Mail and Calendar

In Windows 10 2004, Calendar will come with Calendar Quick Compose. This feature lets you add appointments straight from the flyout appearing after clicking on the Time box from Taskbar. You don’t need to open the Calendar app instead you can use Quick Compose to set a new appointment.

6] Windows Search

New Search Feature

Windows 10 May 2020 Update version will come with a new File Explorer search experience powered by Windows Search. This feature will help you to integrate the OneDrive content online along with the results of the edition indexed.

File Explorer search box will populate dropdown results with suggestions once you type a query and allow you to pick from here.

You are able to launch the result directly by clicking the entry in the new suggestions box. When you need to open the file location, only right-click the entry to see an option to do so. If you want to use commands or discover more into non-indexed locations, you are able to press enter. Windows 10 2004 will show the view with the traditional search results after this.

20H1 brings a new design so that when you click File Explorer search you can get the dropdown list with search history. This also occurs after you press CTRL+E to set focus to it.

You may experience the File Explorer search box wider so the suggestions drop-down has a bit more room to display results. To check out only move your mouse to the beginning border of the search box, and it should change in a resizing double-arrow cursor. You require to only click and drag the search box to make it a bit wider.

Windows 10 1903 New Search Feature

Dark mode in File Explorer is now available for Search experience. Note – this experience is still in the process of rolling out.

7] System apps

Task manager improvement

Task Manager Performance tab will display Disk type, for example, SSD. This particularly helps to differentiate when you have multiple disks in the list.

Disk type task manager

8] Your Phone

Windows 10 May 2020 Update 20H1 comes up with multiple new features to the Your Phone app.

Phone screen – Accessibility features, keyboard language, and layout, new phone models

The version offers focus tracking and screen reading features. Moreover, you are able to switch Android phone’s keyboard language or layout in an easier way while on the phone screen.

Keyboard language and layout icon your phone app
Screen reading

You have the ability to turn on Your Phone Companion accessibility service, available within the accessibility settings for TalkBack users. This will perform for smoother cross-device reading. After you enabled both of the TalkBack and Your Phone Companion accessibility services, Narrator will work from your computer. In addition, this will explain your selection and activation on your phone screen as you interact with your system’s mouse or keyboard.

Screen reading 20H1
Focus tracking

You can interact using the apps on an Android phone at your desired magnification while on the phone screen. The feature Focus tracking will uninterruptedly follow your mouse pointer input and keyboard focus.

In order to turn focus tracking accessibility on, you must take 2 steps on your Android phone –

1) Enable “Companion accessibility service”,

2) Enable “TalkBack accessibility service”.

Now you can turn on Magnifier on your computer via the keyboard shortcut Win and (+) plus sign or open the app from the start menu.

Focus tracking Windows 10 1903
Keyboard language and layout

On Windows 10 2004, You will observe a new icon on your phone screen toolbar. The icon will carry you to the phone settings page allowing to change keyboard layout or language. This setting is, particularly for physical keyboards. That’s why it only applies when you’re typing into your phone from your computer. The setting no longer brings an effect on either keyboard configuration or your phone’s language.

Phone screen now supports more Samsung phone models

The supported phone model list keeps expanding, we have now enabled support for the Samsung Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8+. We will continue to expand the list of devices over time.

Requirements to use Phone screen feature

Phones equipped with Android 7.0 or greater, for instance,

1) Samsung Galaxy S8+, S9+, S9, S10+,  S10, S8, S10e

2) Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Note 9,

3) Samsung Galaxy A8+, A8,

4) OnePlus 6T,

5) Windows 10 machine with Bluetooth radio that is compatible with the low-energy peripheral role.

6) Running at least Minimum Build 18338

7) The phone must be on, under Bluetooth range of the PC, and connected to the identical network as the PC

New messaging features

Windows 10 2004 version 20H1 will allow sending and receiving GIFs, images including Giphy using Your Phone app.

Unread message indicator (badge)

Nav pane is a visual indicator on the Messages node, pointing that you have unread messages.

PC Taskbar is again a visual indicator on the Your Phone app icon on the taskbar, specifying you have unread messages

Unread conversations refer to Visual indicator located under threads that include unread messages

Your Phone app will synchronize contact thumbnails for the contacts that have profile images. Therefore you will be able to easily recognize who you’re messaging with.

You can instantly reply to text messages without leaving your desktop from toast notifications.

Smileys, people, food, etc are emoji pickers. You have the ability to add emojis to your text messages without any hassles right from within the app.

Your Phone can now sync over mobile data

Windows 10 May 2020 Update 20H1 provides to sync notifications, photos, and messages over mobile data without connecting Android phone to the WiFi network.

  • You need to switch on Sync over mobile data setting to enjoy this feature within the Phone Companion app.
  • You will observe the Connected to your PC toast on the phone after this change.
Sync over mobile data 20H1
Colorful new icons

In Windows 10 2004 20H1, Your Phone and Your Phone Companion will have a new icon.

Windows 10 Build 18912

9] Update & Security

The latest version will add more versatile delivery optimization options in the Windows Update category. This option allows setting a download speed limit in absolute Mbps (Megabyte per second) values rather than the percentage of bandwidth for Windows update.

New download throttling options for Delivery Optimization

We’ve heard from our users with very low connection speeds that setting download throttling as a percentage of available bandwidth isn’t providing enough relief in reducing the impact on their network. Windows 10 2004 20H1 provides an extra option to throttle the bandwidth used by Delivery Optimization as an absolute value. This setting allows the values individually for background downloads and Foreground downloads (that you initiate from Windows Store). The option is already available for IT Pros who run Group Policies or MDM policies to change Delivery Optimization.

You can try the change via Settings => Update & Security => Delivery Optimization => Advanced Options

Feedback Hub updates

The 20H1 Insider version Based on your feedback is having a feature “Find Similar Feedback”. Furthermore, you are able to select to automatically link your feedback to that existing one.

Windows 10 insider Thank You page includes a direct button to share your feedback.

Refining your notification settings

Windows 10 1903 20H1 allows using middle click to dismiss notifications if you need to instantly make a notification toast go away.

When you receive a notification toast, there will now be an inline option to turn off notifications for that app, or head to the app’s notification settings.

Now you will notice pictures in app notifications setting to describe the function of the options.

You are able to choose to have all your notifications muted.

Moreover, you will find a new direct link at the top of the Action Center to manage notifications. In this way,  you will have one less step to access Notification & Actions Settings. No notifications text will go down to the middle part of the Action Center. This also indicates your eyes don’t need to traverse as far to view it when you launch the Action Center from the lowermost of the screen.

You are able to sort the sender’s list by which apps most recently sent notifications.

Quick Event Create from the Taskbar

Windows 10 May 2020 Update allows creating quick event from the Taskbar. You are able to launch the clock and calendar flyout from here to help manage your thoughts. When you click on the date in the taskbar you will experience the options. You’ll view inline options to set a time and location after choosing your preferred date and start typing.

Event Create from the Taskbar

Go passwordless with Microsoft accounts on your device

Windows 10 20H1 2004 will allow to you enable passwordless sign-in for Microsoft account. You need to go to Settings => Accounts => Sign-in options, and toggle “On” below “Make your device passwordless”. This will switch all Microsoft accounts to advanced authentication with PIN, Fingerprint or Windows Hello Face.

passwordless with Microsoft account

From here you can see the Windows 10 2004 Changes, Improvements, Features [20H1] according to build released –

Update for Korean IME

Windows 10 2004 20H1 will get an updated version of the Korean IME. This will improve and modernize your typing experience in the language in Windows. Moreover, this update will make the IME more secure, reliable, and more beautiful to look at.

Update for Korean IME

This change is important for users who are familiar with typing in Korean and write in Hanja. The version will have a new candidate selection window that uses advanced controls as well as more clear typography.

Windows 10 2004 will have improved algorithm used for text prediction when typing Korean with touch keyboard. You will find text suggestions more accurate and relevant to what you are writing.

However, there are some known issues encountered after this Update for Korean IME –

  • When you type very fast in Notepad IME may stop working. If you experience this issue, restarting Notepad should fix it.
  • While pressing a keyboard shortcut, for example, CTRL+A typing a Hangul letter has inconsistent behavior across apps in the midway.

c1900101 Update Issue during Windows 10 Build 18936

After receiving Build 18936 and 18941 some users might have encountered install failures with error code c1900101. The issue occurs because of a compatibility bug with a storage driver. In this situation, the PC attempts, fails to install, and finally, rolls back to the currently installed build. After retrying to install the build, either manual or automatic, doesn’t bypass this issue. Microsoft is trying to fix this bug and will come with an update in the near future.

In some cases, users get stuck in a boot loop (repeatedly rebooting over and over without getting at the desktop). Follow the steps to get your PC back into a working state if you are also a sufferer of the issue –

1) First of all, create a bootable USB recovery drive by following the guidelines (Important – Do not check the option “Back up my System files to the recovery drive”) –

Windows 10 2003 create usb Recovery drive

2) Boot your PC from the USB recovery drive which was created in the first step.

3) Open Command Prompt as administrator.

4) In Command Prompt black window, type: bcdedit /enum {default}

5) The following text will appear –

Showing the Windows setup section of the enum output. The recovery sequence listing is highlighted.

6) If the statement is like this – Windows Rollback and the device element starts from ramdisk, directly continue to Step 7. But when you don’t see any of the elements from Step 5 – DO NOT PROCEED.

7) Safely note the recoverysequence GUID value in the {default} entry.

8) Now in Command Prompt, copy-paste and enter – bcdedit /default {GUID from Step 7 exactly as it appeared}

9) Reboot your PC by typing wpeutil reboot in the command prompt.

10) You will come across two boot entries 1. “Windows 10” and 2. “Windows Rollback”. Choose the Windows 10 option and let it back into the previously installed build. When the rollback code appears clean up the rollback entry to prevent the subsequent boots.

See details in – Windows 10 Build 18941 [20H1] Features, improvements, Fixes.

An advanced Cortana experience

Windows 10 May 2020 Update 20H1 brings an advanced Cortana experience for Windows 10 as a Beta. The voice assistant is equipped with chat-based UI that makes you able to type or speak natural language queries.

The app will show something more in grocery list and replay the next question with what’s playing at the movies.

But in Windows 10 2004 20H1 it will include the previous features, for instance, setting reminders and alarms, Bing answers, opening applications, Assistant conversations, managing lists, and timers. And we’ve added some new features we think people will enjoy:

Cortana supports both light and dark themes

The tech giant developers have created a new, less intrusive screen for “Hey Cortana” queries so you can stay in the flow while you work.

Cortana has a modern speech and language models, and remarkably improved performance. The features make the app faster and more reliable than ever before. Microsoft plans to include even more features over time with updates to the personal digital assistant from the Microsoft Store.

To check out click the Cortana icon located on the taskbar next to the search box. Leverage convenience of voice and speed and with enhanced speech recognition by simply saying Hey Cortana. You may here need to sign-in with your account to get started.

Cortana supports both light and dark themes

You may also need to enable the functionality in Settings => Cortana => Voice activation privacy settings => Talk to Cortana.

Windows 10 Build 18945 [20H1] Changes, Improvements, Fixes

Japanese IME Improvements

Windows 10 May 2020 Update 20H1 will come with the following improvements in Japanese IME –

  • Key navigation in Prediction Candidate window  –Windows 10 developers have settled focus inside the prediction candidate window that would not work when pressing the Up Arrow key.
  • Key customization – They’ve made the discoverability better for key assignment settings. Furthermore, they have changed the default assigned value of Ctrl + Space to None. You can still use Ctrl + Space shortcut to toggle IME off and on by updating the value via its setting.
Japanese IME Improvements

Snip & Sketch improvements

Windows 10 2004 20H1 will introduce the following improvements in Snip & Sketch –

Single window mode – You might recapture snips multiple times to get the perfect screenshot. Therefore, the current version has improved the New button to open new snip in your app window. This will help you avoid ending up with a ton of open snips. You may instead want to keep all snips open in a particular window. Settings will include a toggle for the option, so you can decide which mode you prefer.

Single window mode Snip & Sketch

Zoom – You have the ability to zoom in your screenshots if they are a bit too small for you to annotate. As usual, CTRL + Plus, CTRL + Minus and Ctrl + Mouse wheel will be working. You can also zoom out allowing the entire snip fits in the Snip & Sketch window. If you want to bring the snip in its genuine size, click the Zoom button and then – Actual Size.

Improving “WIN + Shift + S” discoverability – You are able to use the canvas space in Snip & Sketch to help you learn how to start a snip. You don’t need to open the app first.

Windows 10 Build 18950 [20H1] Features, Improvements, Fixes

New design of Network Status page in Settings

Windows 10 May 2020 Update 20H1 will come with a new design of Network & Internet page in Settings. The landing page will provide more details about connectivity and how you are connected to the internet. See what are the new features –

New view of active connections – You will be able to see all existing connection interfaces on the Status page. This will let you quickly understand what is connected and view and change properties if required. If multiple connections are available, only one will be used for internet at a time and that will be shown in the Status diagram at the top of the page.

Network Status page in Settings

Integrated Data Usage – Furthermore, you can know how much data is being used by a network from the Status page. If you want any changes, go to the page and create a limit for that network. This will warn you when you get close or go over the set limit. Moreover, you are able here to also watch how much data each app is consuming on that network.

Traditional Chinese IME Improvements

Bopomofo, ChangJie, and Quick IMEs – You will ex[perience better speed of toggling conversion mode ([?] mode and [?] mode). Now you can switch between the two faster.

Bopomofo IME

The version has new settings for disabling keyboard shortcut to switch the character width between Half-width and Full-width. Right-click on the [?/?] icon in the taskbar, click Settings => General => “Use Shift + Space to switch character width”.

You are able to increase or decrease the candidate font size, separate from the rest of the system. You can still change the system font size under [Ease of Access]=>[Display]=>[Make text bigger].

In the due course Microsoft fixed –

  • The candidate numbers at times went missing from the candidate window.
  • Shift + Number was not functional for selecting an associated phrase.

Notification settings improvements

Hovering the mouse cursor over an incoming notification, settings icon will prompt to make it easy to adjust the notification settings of the app.

Design of the per-app notification settings is now more visually clear.

At the uppermost part of the Action center there’s now a direct link to notification settings.

You have the ability to silent notification sound for Notifications & Action Settings.

Senders in Notifications & Action Settings will now be sorted by – most recently sent a notification.

Notification settings improvements

Accessibility Improvements

Text Cursor Indicator Preview – You will notice update on the Cursor page of Ease of Access Settings. You are able to observe a fly in a preview pane showing changes to text cursor indicator when modifying its color or size.

Magnifier reading now supports 3 new methods to start reading

1) Press the play button to start reading from the top of the content.

2) Press the play button to start reading the selected text if the text was selected.

3) Press the read from here button then click where you want to start reading.

Important to know that this experience works with applications with large content like Mail, Word, Edge, etc. There is a Known issue in Magnifier – Play from the top may not function at times and you will hear saying – cannot read from here.

Narrator provides page summaries moreover popular links – From Build 18894, you start getting quick summary with Narrator+S shortcut. This will give you landmarks, headings, and links. Furthermore, when you will use Narrator + S twice instantly it will open a dialog window with a list of popular links, and number of links, headings, and landmarks. Popular links are the often-used links on the website, and you can navigate straight from the page summary.

Modern Narrator Sound Scheme – You will experience revamped Narrator sounds. These are more responsive and functional. Redmondians added sounds for common actions, such as when you land on a link or when you turn on or off scan mode. To configure sound for common actions, navigate to Narrator settings.

In Build 18945, the company rolled out a more efficient reading experience in Outlook when arrowing via emails. If the earlier reading is preferred, you can turn off the new reading experience by unmarking – Have Narrator be more efficient in Outlook (experimental) – option in Narrator Settings.

No need of Sideloading setting for MSIX

Beginning with this build, turning off the sideloading setting will no longer be needed to install MSIX packages. Remember to enable the sideloading policy through either Settings or group policy to deploy an MSIX package before this. Now onwards, you are able to deploy a signed MSI package into a device without a special configuration. In this regard, the Windows 10 team has changed the developer mode to be a toggle in the For developer page in Settings. Enterprise users can still disable sideloading behaviors through enterprise policy. To know about MSIX, kindly navigate to the documentation here – MSIX.

Calculator app updates

From Windows 10 May 2020 Update 20H1 Calculator app will add the ability to put it in an Always on Top mode. You will need to click the icon subsequent to the calculator mode name in this respect.

Always on Top mode calculator

The Sounds menu item has returned back. You will notice the Sounds control panel by choosing Sounds from the context menu of Speaker on the Taskbar.

Windows 10 Build 18956 [20H1] Features, Improvements, and Fixes

GPU temperature comes to Task Manager

This version will add temperature monitoring support to Task manager. In case, you possess a dedicated GPU card, the current temperature will prompt subsequent to its listing in the Performance Tab.

GPU temperature comes to Task Manager


You may need an up-to-date graphics driver to view the temperature. Particularly, one that supports edition 2.4 (or greater) of WDDM is needed. To check the version of DirectX Diagnostic Tool, press WIN+R and enter dxdiag. You will see the WDDM version under the Display tab subsequent to the Driver Model. Currently, the temperature value will be displayed in Celsius unit.

Rename virtual desktops

You know Virtual Desktops are available to help you cognitively and visually isolate tasks. They are also quite useful when doing presentations especially by enabling you to prepare demos on different desktops. Most of all, you can rename Virtual Desktops as per your need.

Press WIN+Tab, and click the name of your desktop to turn it to an editable field. You can set the name here to be anything you’d like (including emoji). In addition, you can also right-click the thumbnail of the preferred desktop in Task View, and allow Rename option to appear.

Rename virtual desktops Windows 10 2003 20H1

Optional Features page Improvements

Windows 10 May 2020 Update 20H1 brings multiple usability improvements to the Optional Features page in Settings –

Multi-select – You have the ability to select subsequently install several optional features simultaneously.

Improved list management – You can perform search using lists of optional features moreover sort in accordance with Install date, Size, and Name.

More beneficial details – You will be able to see the install date for each and every optional feature in the features list. Additionally, you will find feature dependencies to the description for them which are available for install.

Improved list management Optional features

More Simple page navigation – Latest actions segment displays the condition of your latest cancels/uninstalls/installs/ right on the main page. You can add optional features and see your history using pop-up dialogues, so you can avoid navigating from the main page.

More Simple page navigation Windows 10 2003 20H1

Mouse Cursor speed in Settings

You have the ability to add Mouse Cursor speed through Settings only. You can find the setting under Windows Settings => Devices => Mouse.

Mouse Cursor speed in Settings

Update Notepad from Store

Notepad has been a popular text editor in Windows OS for over 30 years. Redmondians has updated the app with expanded line ending support, wrap around search, and indicating when there’s unsaved content in recent days depending on user’s feedback. Now you can receive Notepad update automatically from the store.

Traditional Chinese IME improvements

The update will come with a few bugfixes and improvements –

Toolbar Improvements – Windows 10 team has a settled toolbar that appears even when [Use IME toolbar] is turned off in the setting. They have also added the [Hide toolbar] button inside the toolbar menu.

Important – Other ways to show or hide toolbar –

From settings – Right click [?/?] icon => Click [Settings] => [General] => [Use IME toolbar]
From right click menu – Right click [?/?] icon => [Show/hide IME toolbar].

Improvements in Candidate Window

  • The company solved the candidate window that was displaying a limited number of candidates sometimes.
  • They fixed the number keys that were failing to select candidates in the table view.

Changes in Changing account picture

Windows 10 2004 20H1 will allow changing account picture in an easier way. The new picture will appear instantly across apps, Windows, and the Microsoft sites you access every day.

Methods –

  • Open Your info in Settings. For this purpose, press Windows key, type  – Your info, and hit Enter.
  • Use the options in Create your picture to select a new adorable image for your account.

Windows Search Changes

See some of the important server-side search improvements –

Spell correction for Apps & Settings searches

Windows Search includes built-in spell correction feature. Quick typing sometimes leads to mistakes so this version brings spell correction technology to recognize small typos like excel and powerpoint and correct them which earlier would return no results. As a consequence results will be shown better and faster.

Hints to improve Best match results

The next version will provide you better Windows Search results by showing Related with the result. This line will be available underneath the Best match to help you clarify.

Bringing the latest Search Home experience to more users

With the Windows 10 May 2019 Update you received Search Home with a feature of adding quick access to your Recent activities and Top apps. You will get more changes with Windows 10 2004 20H1 to make it productive.

1) Windows 10 Build 18963 [20H1] Comes with Plethora of Features

2) Windows 10 Build 18965 [20H1] Changelog

3) Windows 10 Build 18970 with Plenty of Features, Improvements, Fixes

4) Windows 10 Build 18975 [20H1] Came with Various Features and Fixes

Flexibility in the Settings for restarting apps at sign-in

Apps can register for restart, which helps to retrieve your previous if you need to restart your PC. This choice was bound with the – Use my sign-in info to automatically finish setting up my device. The option lies under Sign-in options in Accounts settings. But users want to have explicit control over to a greater extent when Windows automatically restarts apps when restarting PC.

Therefore, Windows 10 2004 20H1 comes up with more flexibility for a new app restart setting. You have the ability to turn on and turn off this option. However, this setting is disabled by default but you can change it via Settings => Accounts => Sign-in options. Alternatively, you can reach here by searching for “restart apps” in Start or the search box.

Flexibility in the Settings for restarting apps at sign-in

Tablet 2-in-1 convertible PC

Windows 10 2004 20H1 will bring tablet experience for 2-in-1 convertible PCs. This provides you to go to tablet posture to remain in the desktop experience without any disruption. Some improvements in the concern –
1] Space between Taskbar icons are larger.
2] Search box on the taskbar is collapsed into an icon.
3] Touch keyboard auto invokes when tapping text fields.

Furthermore, the edition will include a few small changes to tablet section in Windows Settings.

To experience the modifications, you should use the convertible PC similar to laptop as you commonly would–opening apps and interacting with them. All you need is lean back on the couch and fold back the keyboard or remove it completely, and it should switch to this updated mode.

Tablet 2-in-1 convertible PC

Recovery Improvements

Cloud Download – a new option in Reset this PC option

Reset this PC now offers users a new option to download Windows or use local re-install. This method created a new installation from existing Windows files. Since version 1507, the feature has been providing the benefit of enabling Windows to become recoverable. The “Reset this PC” doesn’t need additional disk space because the procedure stores a compressed backup copy of Windows in a hidden partition. Some users have been demanding to improve this feature by just downloading Windows as they have high-speed internet connection.

So Windows 10 May 2020 Update 20H1 has included Cloud Download option in Reset this PC. Notable in this recovery operation is it will remove apps you have installed. Also, if you choose “Remove everything” choice, user data will also be deleted.

Reset This PC cloud download will re-install the presently installed build and version.

Known issues

Cloud download in Reset this PC fails to work for whom who have installed the specific optional features. The reset process will start, but an error will occur and roll back the changes. As a workaround, delete the optional features subsequent to trying to use the cloud download choice. In the list of optional features, there are “WMI SNMP Provider”, “Administration Kit (CMAK)”, “Windows Storage Management”, “all RSAT tools”, “Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)”, “EMS and SAC Toolset for Windows 10”, “Print Management Console”, “RAS Connection Manager RIP Listener”, “Windows Fax and Scan”, “Wireless DisplayIrDA infrared”.

Miscellaneous improvement in Build 18970

  • The version will enhance Magnifier performance when hovering the mouse around the screen.
  • Text cursor indicator of the ease of access tool now appears and disappears more reliably.
  • The narrator will read webpages from the uppermost part of the page and not at the main landmark with a fallback to find a paragraph.
  • Narrator gets supports for the aria-haspopup property.
  • The version makes Outlook performance and stability better when reading mail messages in Outlook using Narrator.
  • Narrator reliability has got improvement.
  • All you need to press Narrator + 1 to disable Narrator input learning.

You are able to move the Cortana window

The coming version Windows 10 2004 v20H1 will include an option to be able to move the window. You just need to drag the title bar area to take this personal assistant anywhere on the screen.

Miscellaneous in Build 18975

  • Microsoft rolled out PowerToys code for Windows 10.
  • If you don’t desire to see the post-upgrade setup page in Windows 10 20H1, you have ability to disable it within Notification Settings.
  • The version has changed Chinese Pinyin IME toolbar to light when set light theme.
  • Windows 10 2004 “upgrades logic” in order to preserve the preferred scheduled defragmentation settings on upgrade.
  • The version will eliminate the setting to change “Magnifier UI to a magnifying glass and be in the viewport”.
  • Magnifier reading will be available in more places on Windows 10.
  • Narrator will show flash messages on a configured braille display in order to read window title. This ease of access feature will work when presenting the suggested content.
  • The narrator shows cell contents on a configured braille display when navigating a table.

Windows 10 Build 18980

Cortana improvement

Users will receive a choice to utilize Cortana when they speak a supported language, instead of OS display language in the upcoming rollouts. The new app presently supports En-US since Cortana is backed by service.

Update for Windows Subsystem for Linux

In Windows 10 20H1 (2004 version) includes WSL2 support for ARM64 computers. The release also adds to set distribution’s default user with the help of the /etc/wsl.conf file. This update also has several bug fixes and a persistent problem for legacy Windows symlinks. For instance, those in the user profile directory. For the complete details of changes navigate to the WSL release notes.

Windows 10 Build 18985

Improvement in Bluetooth pairing

In Windows 10 2004 20H1, Pairing is all completed in notifications now. You have the ability to finish pairing without going to Settings app anymore.

Improvement in Bluetooth pairing

The current build sends less notification for faster pairing.

Apart from this Dismiss button is available for the first notification. This gives users more control while using Swift Pair of Bluetooth device.

You will experience device name and category to make the notification more helpful.

Currently, the Supported devices include:

1] Microsoft Modern Mobile Mouse
2] Surface Precision Mouse
3] Surface Headphones
4] Surface Ergonomic Keyboard
5] Microsoft Arc Mouse
6] Surface Mobile Mouse
7] Surface Arc Mouse

Optional update Changes

Windows 10 May 2020 Update is assumed  to show all optional updates (including drivers, feature updates, and monthly non-security quality updates) in one place. Microsoft is working on this work in 20H1. You will find all the optional updates under Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > View optional updates. Windows 10 2003 20H1 will update automatically to keep your drivers up-to-date same as before. However, if you’re having an issue one of those optional drivers might help.

Improvements in Snip & Sketch app

Windows 10 2004 aka 20H1 insider will come up with Snip & Sketch version 10.1907.

Single window mode -By default the app will close the previous snip when you click New in Snip & Sketch. Furthermore, if you liked having multiple windows then you can make change through Snip & Sketch settings.

Zoom support – The app will support shortcuts to zoom in and out using touch, CTRL+Plus, CTRL+Minus and Ctrl+Mouse wheel.

Fastest way to get access to the right place is to select the “…” menu in Snip & Sketch.

Windows 10 Build 18990

UWP apps can be Enabled

Windows 10 May 2020 Update 20H1 means the upcoming 2004 version will enable automatic restart for UWP apps.You already know that Microsoft provides a separate setting to control if registered desktop apps from your previous login session are restarted when signing back into Windows. To compensate, the OS will  reduce sign-in time as UWP apps are restarted minimized, in a suspended state. This will give Windows and other apps more resources. Follow –

  • Go to Settings => Accounts => Sign-in options and turn on – Automatically save my restartable apps when I sign out and restart them after I sign in.
  • From Restart apps section Start one or more UWP apps, for ex, Feedback Hub.
  • Sign out and then sign back into Windows.
  • UWP apps should start minimized with a taskbar button.

Update for Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)

Windows 10 20H1 enhance the performance for directory listings under \\wsl$.

Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL2) Injected extra boot entropy [Github Issue 4461]

[WSL2] solved Windows interop when using su / sudo commands [Github issue 4465]

For the complete details of changes go to the WSL release notes.

Improvements in Xbox Game Bar

Windows 10 20H1 pushes an FPS counter and achievement overlay through Store. You all need to set focus to your desirable game and press WIN + G to get started.

Miscellaneous –

  • Search box in File Explorer will be bigger in size.
  • Legibility of Magnifier reading highlighting rectangle is now better.
  • Magnifier Lens mode Reading is now enhanced.
  • Text cursor indicator shapes are now more aesthetic and legible.
  • Automatic dialog reading experience in Narrator is better.
  • In order to allow navigation across columns navigation hotkeys are allowed when entering a list view.
  • Narrator Page Summary dialog is better because it allows tab and shift-tab to loop around the dialog controls.
  • Narrator will no more speak notifications from non-focused Chrome web pages.
  • Narrator declares the current value of the thumb in legacy color picker controls.
  • The ease of access tool is presenting links and play buttons correctly in iTunes.
  • Reading experience in the browsers Firefox and Chrome is better using Narrator. Certain pages could cause the tool to loop back up to previous content.
  • Narrator is modernizing an attached braille display properly at the time of expanding some XAML controls.

Windows 10 Build 18995

Windows Hello PIN in Safe mode

Safe mode totes Windows in a basic phase, using an essential set of files and drivers to help you troubleshoot problems. If an issue doesn’t occur in this mode, this indicates that default settings and drivers are not reason.

Windows Hello PIN in Safe mode

Windows 10 2004 20H1 includes support for Windows Hello PIN in Safe mode. So you will no longer have to depend on your password when troubleshooting your device. Follow the instructions to enable Windows Hello PIN in Safe mode –

  • Go to Settings => Accounts => Sign-in options => Windows Hello PIN and set a PIN.
  • Now Boot your device into Safe mode:Settings => Update and Security => Recovery.
  • Under Advanced startup select Restart now
  • After restarting to the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot => Advanced options => Startup Settings => Restart. You may be demanded to enter your BitLocker recovery key.
  • After your computer restart, you’ll come across a list of options. Select 4 or press F4 to boot into Safe Mode.
  • Alternatively, you can also choose 5 or press F5 to gain access to “Safe Mode with Networking”.
  • Lastly, Sign in to your device with Windows Hello PIN.

Your Phone app–multiple new features rolling out to all users

Windows 10 20H1 provides Samsung Galaxy S10+, S10e, S10 5G, S10 and Fold devices to Link to Windows natively. Integration is quite simple and to sync photos, send messages, manage notifications, and mirror your phone on PC are easy.

Phone screen, which allows to access Android phone apps right from PC, is gradually pushing to Samsung Galaxy S10+, S10e, S10 5G, S10, and Fold devices. You can use multi-touch gestures, for example, pinch to rotate, zoom and swipe from your PC’s touch screen while using Phone screen.

Moreover, 2 more features, battery indicator and Your Phone icon are also available. The first one will offer quick access to phone’s battery level staying in the application without bothering to check device. Your Phone icon in Windows 10 20H1 will display the current static home screen wallpaper thinking of a personal touch.

Your Phone app displaying current battery levels and phone’s home screen.

See the WSL improvements here

  • Right click menu of a .HEIC image displays an option to “Set as Desktop Background” or “Print” in File Explorer. This was already available for other image file types.
  • Magnifier performance is now better when using touch.
  • Magnifier User Interface will now show properly when alt-tabbing if the tool was minimized originally.

Windows 10 Build 19013

Improvements in kaomoji

You already received WIN+(Period) / WIN+(Semicolon) keyboard shortcut to emoji in Windows 10 version 1903. This hotkey now also work for special characters and kaomoji. kaomoji are faces with expressions you can create by mixing up different characters.

In the current build, WSL 2 will roll out unutilized Linux memory back to PC

Earlier, WSL 2 Virtual Machine memory would grow to match the needs of workflow. Sadly it wouldn’t shrink back down when the memory was no longer needed. With this improvements as memory is no longer in action in the Linux VM, it will be freed and shrink in memory size accordingly.

Update for PowerToys v0.12

Microsoft rolled out 0.12 version of PowerToys on GitHub. The tool now includes PowerRename module, which helps to batch rename a bunch of files easily. Additionally, FancyZones and support for Dark Mode are also appended.

GIF showing how you use PowerRename to select a group of files and batch rename them by searching for and replacing certain words.

See PowerToys v0.12 full detail.

Your Phone app–Elevating the Phone screen feature by removing its dependency on Bluetooth connection

Multiple Insiders reported about the dependency of Phone screen features on Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity. So Microsoft partnered with Samsung to present a streamlined experience across all Windows 10 PCThis became possible by removing the dependency of peripheral role for Phone screen.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 was the initial  device to carry forward this feature in August. Once responded positively, Microsoft has turned this feature on across the devices S10e, S10, Samsung Galaxy Fold, and S10+  Android Phones. All you need is receive the recent software update on the devices that enables the – Link to Windows – feature. This feature will be activated in Samsung Galaxy A30s, A50s, and A90 in the coming months.

Microsoft will remove the Bluetooth connectivity options immediately from the devices. Therefore, you are recommended to unpair the devices via Bluetooth settings on both of the PC and Android phone.

requirements of the SmartPhone screen

1] Select Android phones running Android 9.0 or greater

2] PC running Windows 10 October 2018 Update or later

3] Android phone must be on and connected to the same network as the PC

4] You will need a supported device to use this feature:

5] Samsung Galaxy Fold

6] Samsung Galaxy Note 10/ Note 10+

7] Samsung Galaxy S10/S10+/S10e

8] Samsung Galaxy A30s/A50s/A90

Preview new DirectX 12 features

Windows 10 2004 20H1 allows to preview DirectX 12 including DirectX Raytracing tier 1.1 Mesh Shader, and Sampler Feedback. See here.

Windows 10 Build 19018

Quick searches in Search Home

Windows 10 2004 will comes up with quick web searches in the Search Home:

1] Weather – You can see present conditions and the upcoming forecast.
2] Top News – The feature will allow knowing the fresh headlines from famous news websites.
3] Today in history – Take a look at four events that happened on this day.
4] Brand new movies – Fossick what’s playing in theaters near you.

Click the search box then choose one of the quick search buttons to see the results. Now type a query into for almost everything.

Moreover, Microsoft has updated the design of Search and input a few tweaks.


About Sunita
Love to play with Windows 10. Suggestion - Going for Registry change or system files edit then remember to take a backup or create a restore point before Starting.

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