Microsoft admits Windows 10 multitasking feature broken by update

Windows 10 multitasking feature

Windows 10 October 2020 Update, which is just a service pack
style upgrade, was released in October. This update is a minor
release, but it comes with two new features — theme-aware Start
Menu and new Alt-Tab experience.

As you may know already, Alt+Tab is a popular multitasking
keyboard shortcut that has been in Windows since Windows 2.0
and it was last updated in version 20H2 with a new feature.

Windows 10 20H2 modifies the way Alt-Tabbing works in
relation to Microsoft Edge by allowing browser tabs to appear
as a separate app window in the Alt-Tab screen.

Alt+Tab lets you switch between open windows on Windows 10 and
you can also navigate between apps using the arrow keys. With
Windows 10 October 2020 Update, Microsoft said it has improved
the multitasking experience by including Microsoft Edge tabs in
the Alt-Tab interface.

Windows 10 Alt Tab

Microsoft believes that standard Alt+Tab is pretty basic and
Edge tabs inclusion could allow you to navigate through your
running tasks more easily.

Unfortunately, Alt+Tab interface is now broken for some users
after they applied the Windows 10 October 2020 Update.
According to reports and our own testing, a bug in the update
could result in your Alt+Tab order changing unexpectedly and it
will open the wrong window when you try to switch between apps.

For example, if you have three app windows open (A, B, C) and
you’re trying to switch to the first window ‘A’, Alt-Tab
interface will instead focus on the window after the intended
one. When this happens, it can be observed that the
selection on the Alt + Tab menu is not on the entry ‘A’, as it
should be, but on the second entry ‘B’.

Several users confirmed the issue in the Feedback Hub and it
looks like Microsoft is aware of the reports.

“Alt-Tab has started acting very inconsistent. For example, if
I am quickly switching between windows A and B using Alt-Tab,
it will be fine 9 out of 10 times. Then on the 10th time I’m
using Alt-Tab, it will randomly switch to window C which I
haven’t opened in a while,” one user noted in the Feedback Hub.

In one Feedback Hub post, Microsoft said that they’re
investigating the reports and they’ve already fixed the issue
in preview builds.

It’s likely that Microsoft will fix the Alt-Tab problems in a
future update to Windows 10 October 2020 Update, but it may not
arrive this year as the
tech giant plans to release fewer updates until January.

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