Windows 10 May 2020 Update: Everything you need to know

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Windows 10 May 2020 Update will start hitting computers later
this month. If you join the Insider beta program today, you can
get the new build right this minute.

In 2019, Windows 10 version 1903 was released with major
changes and new features, but another feature update ‘November
2019 Update’ was released last year with only bug fixes and
minor tweaks.

The May 2020 Update is somewhere in between—it does not come
with any groundbreaking features, but there are some important
improvements and even fixes. In this update, you will probably
notice improvements to Cortana, Windows Search, a new Reset
this PC experience and more.

What is the release date of Windows 10 May 2020 Update?

According to sources, Microsoft could release Windows 10 May
2020 Update on May 28, 2020.

The date isn’t concrete at this point and the update may still
get released a week before. Microsoft would avoid any further
sliding of the date and that’s possible if no new critical
issues are discovered.

You can expect the update to begin rolling out widely in June,
but you can always join the Insider Program to get access now.
For those interested, you can get into the beta testing group
by going to Settings > Update & Security > Windows
Insider Program.

Are May 2020 Update-optimized drivers available for download?

Intel Graphics Command Center

No. The updated drivers with Windows 10 May 2020 Update support
from Intel, AMD and other manufacturers are not yet available.

For many configurations, older drivers should work fine with
the next version of the OS.

What new features will the update include?

In May 2020 Update, you will notice a new Cortana experience if
you use the assistant. The digital assistant will act more like
a standard app that you can move around the screen and you’ll
be able to type queries and enter voice commands.

Cortana updated look

Here’s a quick list of new features in the update:

  • Cortana on Windows is now a standard and you can move it
    around the screen. The app will get new features via updates
    from the Microsoft Store. Cortana still supports news, jokes,
    weather, reminder, to-dos, hardware section for wireless
    devices and more.
  • Search: Windows Search is now faster and smarter. Microsoft
    says Windows Search can now better suggest the related terms
    for your searched queries.
  • The update contains more kaomoji and special characters.
  • Windows Subsystem for Linux: You can now access the Linux
    files directly from the File Explorer.
  • DirectX 12 features: Better support for multiple-monitors,
    DirectX Raytracing tier 1.1, Mesh Shader.
  • Windows Hello PIN support added to Windows Safe mode.
  • Xbox Game Bar improvements.
  • Your Phone app improvements.
  • Bluetooth pairing experience has got better, thanks to
    improved Swift Pair feature.
  • Virtual Desktop renaming.
  • A new tablet experience for 2-in-1 convertible PCs.
  • You can now reset your PC from the cloud. Basically,
    Windows can now directly download a new copy of the OS from
    Microsoft server and install it when you don’t have a recovery
    drive or disc.
  • Task Manager has been updated to include disk and GPU
  • Optional Features page in Settings updated. You can now
    uninstall Paint, WordPad and even Notepad.
  • Mouse Cursor speed options added to the Settings app.
  • There is a redesigned Network Status page in Settings.

There are several other improvements in this update including
new download throttling options for Delivery Optimization.

Windows 10 version 2004 also
comes with a tweak to Windows Search and it will no longer
cause high disk usage when indexing your files. For devices
with HDDs, this could result in noticeable performance

Devices with SSDs will also get slightly faster during peak
disk usage time as Windows Search can identify peak usage times
and avoid indexing when you’re likely to use your PC.

What are the known issues in May 2020 Update?

Microsoft says it’s aware of at least three known issues in the
feature update. First, Windows Mixed Reality may not work
correctly if you install the update.

The company has also
acknowledged another bug where the DISM (Deployment Image
Servicing and Management) tool does not report the correct
corruption repair status on systems.

The third issue affects apps that utilize the ImeMode property
to control the IME (Input Method Editor) mode.

Microsoft plans to fix these issues with cumulative updates in
May and June.

Do you need to install May 2020 Update immediately?

Windows 10 feature updates are no longer forced. You will have
the control over when the update should download, install and
restart the computer.

If you don’t want to install the update, simply don’t hit the
‘download and install now’ option.

Microsoft will continue to support the older versions of
Windows 10. Microsoft has also delayed the end of support for
Windows 10 version 1809 (also known as the October 2018

To see which version of Windows 10 you have installed, head to
Settings > System > About. The support for Windows 10
version 1903 ends in December 2020 and you have until May
2021 to update if you have version 1909.

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