Windows 10 2004 introduces new options for managing application notifications

Microsoft is expected to officially launch Windows 10 Version 2004 (also known as the May 2020 update) as soon as next week, including new options for managing application notifications. Clearly, the software giant wants users to be able to manage notification pushes more easily from directly from the desktop. In fact, last year, Microsoft introduced new notification management controls to Insider testers. After listening to a lot of feedback, what happened to Windows 10 Version 2004?

Windows 10 2004 introduces new options for managing application notifications

Microsoft says it has been working to optimize the notification experience for Windows 10 based on user feedback. For example, some users slot notification settings are not easy to find, and the interpretation of each set item is not straightforward enough.

The good news is that Windows 10 Version 2004 has improved in all areas, such as the introduction of Focus Assist to automatically hide notifications, reduce distraction from users, and quickly turn off notifications with the middle mouse button.

Windows 10 2004 introduces new options for managing application notifications

Careful users may find that each notification now comes with a gear icon, and clicking on more options — such as turning off all notifications for a particular application without going to system settings.

For more detailed settings, the new menu also contains shortcuts to access notification settings. Happily, not only can the visual effects of notifications be fine-tuned, but users can also mute all notifications at the click of a button.

Windows 10 2004 introduces new options for managing application notifications

Windows 10 Version 2004 also implemented improvements to Action Center and provided a new Notification Management button.

Tap to jump directly to the Settings screen so that when the user calls Action Center from the bottom of the taskbar, the line of sight doesn’t have to deviate too far from the screen.