Microsoft today released its October 10, 2020 Windows Update for over a billion users. Similar to last year, this second Windows 10 update of 2020 is more of a service pack than a major release. However, Microsoft has made some interesting improvements, including an updated Start menu, some changes to the Alt tab, and the bundling of the new Chrom Edge-based Microsoft Edge.
The biggest visual change, of course, is the updated start menu. Microsoft's new design eliminates the solid colors behind app logos and adds a transparent background to tiles instead. The end result is a Start menu that is functionally identical but much easier to scan to find your apps.
New Alt Tab interface.
The second major change from Microsoft is how Alt Tab works. Typically, you use Alt Tab to scroll through desktop apps that are open in Windows. However, the list now includes all of the open tabs in Microsoft Edge. However, Microsoft allows Windows 10 users to revert to the classic alt-tab experience.
The last major addition concerns PC games. Microsoft has never made it easy to set up and control monitor refresh rates in Windows, which resulted in many forgetting to enable 144 Hz or higher modes on their monitors. You can now switch to higher refresh rates directly in the Windows 10 settings panel (Settings> System> Display, Advanced display settings). It's better than jumping into a legacy interface buried in settings or having to control it via AMD or Nvidia apps.
The other improvements Microsoft made to Windows 10 with this October 2020 update are even smaller. Notifications now include app logos at the top for easier management and identification. The system tray has been disabled for new Windows 10 users, and no notification will appear in tablet mode when using a 2-in-1 laptop.
New setting for the monitor refresh rate.If you
While the Windows October 10, 2020 Update is available today, chances are you won't be able to install it just yet. Microsoft tends to be step-by-step with Windows rollouts, and this comes in the middle of a pandemic where everyone is relying on laptops and PCs more than before.
"We're taking a measured, viewfinder-based rollout approach with the October 2020 update," said John Cable, Microsoft's head of Windows maintenance and delivery. “We are throttling availability in the coming weeks to ensure a reliable download experience, so you may not be offered the update immediately. In addition, some devices may have a compatibility issue for which a protection reserve exists. We will therefore only offer the update when we are sure that you have had good update experience. "
If your device is supported immediately, you can search for the Windows 10 October 2020 update in the Windows Update section of Settings (Settings> Update & Security> Windows Update). Otherwise, this latest update should be out in the coming weeks.