Here's What is New in Windows 10’s October 2020 Update (20H2)


Windows 10’s October 2020 Update, also referred to as the 20H2 update, is coming soon. This update is concentrated on bug and performance fixes, but it's some larger changes—like the removal of the  control panel.

This article is up-to-date with the newest changes as of Windows 10 Insider build 19042.541, which Microsoft released on September 22, 2020. Microsoft has already released it to the discharge Preview Channel.

There’s Not a Lot New, and That’s Big News!

Windows 10’s October 2020 Update (version 20H2) does offer some notable changes—the classic System pane within the control panel is vanishing—but mostly features smaller changes. That’s very exciting.

Sure, we had a smaller update last year with 19H2 (the November 2019 Update) followed by a bigger update with 20H1 (the May 2020 Update). But Microsoft insisted that there was no decide to do a little update followed by an outsized update annually. This point around, 20H2 easily could are another big release packed filled with features. Instead, Microsoft is taking the prevailing 20H1 update and polishing it even further.

This update should be plenty stable due to all that effort going into polishing and bug-fixing. That’s excellent news for Windows 10 users.

That’s our Microsoft-to-English translation of what’s happening, anyway. Here’s how Microsoft phrases it: “Windows 10 version 20H2 will offer a scoped set of features to enhance performance and enhance quality.”

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This update are going to be fast to put in, a bit like 19H2 was. If you’re already running the May 2020 Update (20H1), installing it'll be as fast as installing a traditional monthly update—no long download or lengthy reboot required.

Microsoft Removed the System Control Panel

In this version of Windows, the classic “System” page within the control board has been removed. once you attempt to open it, you’ll be taken to the About page within the new Settings app.

This isn’t as big a deal because it sounds. All the knowledge found within the Settings pane in control Panel is out there within the Settings app. There’s a convenient “Copy” button to repeat all the text to your clipboard, and you’ll even find buttons for opening advanced system settings like BitLocker settings and Device Manager at the bottom of the page.

This is just another step in Microsoft’s long, slow process of slowly phasing out the control panel. The control panel won’t vanish any time soon, though—it has too many useful options and Microsoft is migrating them to the new Settings app very slowly.

The New Microsoft Edge Is Now Built-In

Microsoft is proud that this is often the primary version of Windows 10 with the new, Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser included.

That’s not necessarily big news—Windows Update may have already got installed the new Microsoft Edge on your system, anyway. The new Edge has also been available to download from online since January 15, 2020. But, with this release, it’s official: The new Edge replaces the old edge up the baseline version of Windows 10.

Access Your Samsung Phone’s Android Apps on Your PC

Microsoft is expanding the “Your Phone” app with more features designed for “select Samsung devices.” If you've got one among these phones, you'll now access your phone’s Android apps directly on your Windows 10 PC. They’ll be running on your phone but you'll launch, see, and interact with them on your Windows 10 desktop.

Microsoft may release this feature early to 20H1 and other versions of Windows 10. For now, it’s only available in Insider builds of 20H2 and newer builds of Windows 10.

In the future, Microsoft says it'll go even further:

Later in the year, Samsung Galaxy Note20 users will experience the power and convenience of running multiple apps side by side and we will continue to work with Samsung to bring this feature to additional devices. Apps will launch in separate windows enabling you to interact with multiple apps at the same time.

The Start Menu’s Theme Better Matches Windows 10’s New Icons

The Start menu is getting “theme-aware tiles.” Now, the tile background are going to be light or dark to match whichever Windows 10 theme you’re using—light or dark.

Previously, the menu button used your accent color, which suggests the default Windows 10 theme used a spread of blue icons on a blue background. The shift to using standard theme colors means Windows 10’s new application icons look better within the Start menu.

You can still get those tiles that match your theme back, however—just head to Settings > Personalization > Color and enable the accent color on “Start, taskbar, and action center.”

No More Noisy Focus Assist Notifications

If you’ve used Windows 10’s Focus Assist feature—which automatically hides notifications while you’re playing games and using other full-screen applications, among other tasks—you’ll probably notice that it are often really noisy.

In the spirit of not bugging you with notifications, Focus Assist pops up to point out you a notification that hey, it’s not getting to show you any notifications! And, when you’re through with your “focused” activity, Focus Assist pops up a summary of all the notifications it didn’t show you. It’s pretty distracting.

Now, Microsoft is disabling of these Focus Assist notifications by default, although you'll still re-enable them in Settings.

Other Changes

Most of those changes are pretty small, but some are really small. Here are a couple of other ones:

  • Notification enhancements: Windows 10’s notifications now include an application logo so you'll easily see which application generated them and an “x” button so you'll quickly dismiss them.
  • Default taskbar icon tweaks: during a minor change, Windows 10 will adjust the default taskbar icon layout counting on what you employ your PC for. If you link an Android phone during setup, you’ll see a Your Phone icon on the taskbar. If you've got an Xbox Live account and you’re employing a gaming PC, you’ll see an Xbox icon on the taskbar. you'll still add or remove whatever icons you wish .
  • Modern Device Management (MDM) improvements: For IT professionals administering multiple devices, Microsoft is extending Modern Device Management policy with new “Local Users and Groups” settings that matches the choices available for devices managed through Group Policy.

As usual, Microsoft is additionally fixing a good sort of smaller performance and stability issues under the hood.

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As of September 2020, Microsoft is completed adding features to the update. Expect Microsoft to release it as a stable update to everyone in October 2020—or perhaps early November 2020.

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