Enlarge /. One advantage of Windows 10 2004: In two decades, you won't find old installation CDs anywhere in the office.
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The Internet may have fun guessing the next natural feature of California or the name of the animal iteration for the other major operating systems, but Windows build naming conventions can be downright difficult to analyze. The latest officially released build was originally known as 20H1 – which means the first half of 2020. As he neared release status, he received his official build number: 2004, ie April 2020. However, the release status for was not reached for another month, on May 27th.
Maybe all of this is an indication of what users can expect when they finally upgrade to Windows 10 2004. This is not Microsoft that is pumping out major changes like the Windows 2000 debut about two decades ago. However, a new version of Windows is a new version of Windows. So we recently launched a new VM with a clean install of Build 2004 to take a look at the new features.
Edge, installation size, search and Kaomoji
The first and saddest thing we noticed about 2004 is that it still doesn't ship with the new Edgium – new installations still offer the legacy version of Edge.
A new installation of Windows 10 2004 takes up 14.0 GB of hard disk space. This is before all Windows updates, leave application installations with it.
The web area of a standard search result for Windows keys has a new and updated design. It looks pretty good if you want to search the Internet from your start menu.
Did you know that Windows provides easy access to Emoji? OK, well, you're one of the cool kids – but did you know that it provides easy access to Kaomoji?
The very first thing we noticed after reinstalling Build 2004 was Edge. Legacy Edge to be precise. You still have to put a lot of effort into installing the new and improved Chromium-based Edge, which we will call "Edgium" until the legacy version is no longer available.
When you use Windirstat to get a directory treemap for the brand new Windows 10 2004 installation, 14 GB is used. It is worth noting that this 14 GB is activated before installing applications or – and this is important – Windows Update.
Windows Update will still inflate the operating system pretty quickly, and in particular the SxS directory will still be populated with older code versions that have been replaced with security upgrades. Unfortunately, you cannot remove anything without damaging your operating system. There are methods to somewhat reduce the size of SxS (pronounced side by side), but they are limited and a kind of pain in the butt. Even the optimized results grow inexorably over time.
Although there is no Edgium, Internet access was modernized in 2004 in an unexpected place – the start menu. We are not big fans of searching the Internet directly from a start menu – we prefer a more logical separation between local and remote. If you are interested, you can, for example, enter "Weather" in the start bar and get attractively formatted Internet results directly in the menu itself, without ever opening a real browser.
With regard to search, Microsoft has determined how often the search indexer service has been disabled. As a result, the company has taken several steps to convince users to turn this feature back on. Microsoft's search indexer now detects many new signals for high disk activity – or potentially high disk activity – that cause disk activity to either slow down or stop completely:
- Game mode is activated
- The energy saving mode is activated
- The energy saving mode is activated (restricted mode or connected standby)
- The device wakes up after it is in sleep mode or in the registration state
- Device goes from AC> DC
- The CPU utilization is over 80 percent
- Hard disk usage is over 70 percent
- The device's battery charge is less than 50 percent
- The display status of the device is switched off
Microsoft is quite aggressive about asking its Windows insiders who are doing preview builds, saying that the results of popup dialogues asking insiders why they turned off the search index showed a significant improvement after the introduction of the new signals.
What's new besides the internet and search? Emoji and Kaomoji. If you've used the smiley face button on social media websites to access emoji from your Windows PC or laptop, you're doing it wrong. Every standard graphic text interface on Windows – including the editor – offers direct access to Emoji via the key combination (Windows key) + (.).
The shortcut (Windows key) + (.) To open an emoji selection box is a fairly old message – it has been available in Windows since build 1803. In build 1903, the Emoji panel added Kaomoji support. Kaomoji are traditional, generally sophisticated constructions in text mode like the ¯ _ (ツ) _ / ¯ Shruggie. Build 2004 expands the Kaomoji area of the emoji panel considerably and expands its repertoire to include classics such as ヾ (⌐ ■ _ ■) ノ ♪ and (∩ ^ o ^) ⊃━ ☆.
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