After weeks of speculation, Microsoft has finally announced the official release of its major Windows 10 May 2020 update. This blockbuster upgrade includes a swathe of new features aimed at improving the overall experience with changes to the Search menu, Cortana and option to go totally password-free.
This will clearly be a popular download but, sadly, millions are set to be left massively disappointed. Like most major releases, Microsoft is rolling this update out in phases meaning not everyone will see it today.
Explaining more, the US firm said: “To ensure you continue to have a reliable, productive experience with your Windows 10 devices, we are taking a measured and phased approach to how we offer the May Update, initially limiting availability to those devices running Windows 10, versions 1903 and 1909 who seek the update via Windows Update.”
If you’re one of the lucky ones and are ready to install the update here’s how to get it on your PC. Open your Windows Update settings (Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update) and select Check for updates. Once the update appears, you can select Download and install.
If you can’t see the update in settings then this means it’s not available for your machine just yet. Microsoft says that you may not see Download and install on your device as they are slowly throttling up this availability over the coming weeks.
Your device might have a compatibility issue for which a safeguard hold is in place until Microsoft is confident that you will have a good update experience.
Once you have managed to download the May 2020 update – here’s some the new features you’ll find coming to your PC.
Faster and easier connections: Microsoft says it is making it easier and faster to pair your Bluetooth devices to your compatible Windows 10 PC. Now you can take care of everything in notifications (instead of Settings) with fewer steps.
Go passwordless: For improved security and a simple sign-in experience, you can sign in with your face, fingerprint or PIN? It’s easier than ever to enable passwordless sign-in for your Microsoft accounts: just go to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options on your Windows 10 PC and select ‘On’ under ‘Require Windows Hello sign-in for Microsoft accounts’.
Name your desktops: Now instead of “Desktop 1” or “Desktop 2” you can give your Virtual Desktops more descriptive, clever, or amusing names. Using Virtual Desktop in Windows 10 allows you to expand your desktop beyond the physical limitations of the space, organize groups of related tasks, and easily switch between them. Tackling what you want to—when you want to—just got a whole lot easier.
Stay on top of your numbers: Keep the calculator close by—now you can choose to keep the Calculator app on top of everything.
Notepad newness: The beloved 30-year-old text editor has some small but mighty improvements. There’s now wrap around find/replace, quick text zooming, and when you see an asterisk in the title bar you’ll know you have unsaved changes.
Bringing your smartphone and Windows PC closer together: The May 2020 Update brings the popular Your Phone app’s Calls feature to ARM supported PCs from Microsoft and our OEM partners.
Find that cursor faster: Windows Magnifier has a new ability to keep the text cursor in the centre of the screen, making it easier and smoother to type.
More Eye Control: Drag and drop is now here. Microsoft has made improvements to the pause experience and provided some new opportunities in Settings.