The Windows 10 Version 2004 feature update is coming soon, but no specific name has been finalized yet. Microsoft has released an ISO image, meaning it is expected to release relevant information in the near future. The feature update is now in its final phase, focusing on fixing BUGS and improving background performance. In this article, we’ll focus on the new features that Windows 10 Version 2004 brings.
Major adjustments to Cortana
In November, Microsoft announced a strategic contraction of its voice assistant Cortana , Chinese: Microsoft Cortana, that it would exit the iOS and Android platforms on January 31, 2020, but the U.S. market will do so later, with only China, the U.K., Germany, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Spain, India and other eight countries to implement. Although Microsoft plans to remove Cortana from Microsoft Launcher, the company plans to make improvements to Cortana in the next feature update for Windows 10, dramatically improving the conversational experience.
Cortana will be split from the system search feature for subsequent updates as a stand-alone application in the upcoming Windows 10 20H1 feature update. Cortana can update Cortana applications through the Microsoft Store, just like any other application.
This means that, like other Windows 10 apps, it gets the app title bar and can drag the window anywhere on the desktop, adjust the window size, and maximize and minimize processing.
Cortana’s new design allows you to interact with digital assistants through text and speech. It comes with a new voice and language model – making it faster than ever.
Cortana also allows users to open applications, manage your reminders, manage Microsoft To-Do, alerts, and work with traditional “Hey Cortana” features.
Finally, Cortana allows you to switch between bright and dark mode. As mentioned above, Cortana will be managed by Windows Store applications, so you can expect more improvements in the coming months.
Improvedisk usage for Windows Search
In Windows 10 Version 2004, Microsoft’s search function focuses on three major issues for users: excessive disk and CPU usage, fixing general performance issues, and low index-aware value.
On this basis, Microsoft introduced an algorithm that detects high disk usage and activity, so you can better determine peak usage times and manage indexers accordingly. Microsoft has also made changes to developers to prevent searches of certain repositories and project folders to increase disk usage.
: Perform a quick search at Search Home
To help you find important information faster, Microsoft added four quick Web searches to Search Home:
Weather: Get current conditions and upcoming forecasts
The Latest: Read the latest events on popular news sites
Today in History: Four Things That Happened on This Day in History
New Movies: Learn about the movies that’re on in your nearby cinema
To preview these network answers and results, select the search box to open Search Home, and then select a quick search button. If you need quick answers to other topics or searches, you can quickly search for almost everything by simply tapping into a keyword in the search box.
Note: This is a server-side improvement and is currently being rolled out globally, opening to feature updates including the October update (Version 1809) to 20H1. Currently, the fast search is only available in the U.S., but will gradually expand globally.
Display a page preview in search results
The experience is also optimized in search results to display page previews without jumping.
Users can access not only the Emoji emoticons, but also Kaomoji and certain special characters through the WIN plus (period) / WIN plus (semicolon) keyboard shortcuts. In the latest version, Microsoft has expanded the Kaomoji list based on user feedback and added favorites.
The new Kaomoji includes
//S.A. It’s not. I’m not sited.
Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) 2 improvements
Connect to Linux applications from Windows using localhost
In the first release that was released with WSL 2, a remote IP address was required to access the network application, but now that this issue has been resolved, you can now access the Linux network application from Windows using localhost. For example, the following picture shows the NodeJS server being launched in the WSL 2 release and then connected to the NodeJS server using the local host in the Edge browser.
Its team said that Linux applications in Windows had been sorted because this was the most common network use case.
WSL Global Configuration
All WSL 2 releases run on the same virtual machine (VM), so any configuration options for this VM are globally applied to all WSL 2 releases. In this new update, the ability to use global configuration options for WSL is added for super users who want to further customize their WSL experience.
Create a new file named .wslconfig in the user folder (C: .Users? The wslconfig file is modeled on an INI file, just like .gitconfig.
Use a custom kernel in WSL 2
Provides a Linux kernel for WSL 2, which is available in Windows. If you want to have a specific kernel that provides power to your WSL 2 release, such as using a specific kernel module, you can now use the kernel option in the .wslconfig file to specify the path to the kernel on the machine, which will be loaded into the WSL 2 VM at startup. If you do not specify an option, you will return to using the Linux kernel provided by Windows as part of WSL 2.
Use Windows Hello PIN in safe mode
Safe Mode starts Windows in the underlying state, providing only limited files and drivers to help users troubleshoot problems on the PC. If there is no problem in safe mode, it means that the default settings and the base device driver do not cause the problem.
In the latest version, we’ve added Windows Hello PIN login support to safe mode, further enhancing the password-free experience and eliminating the reliance on passwords when troubleshooting your device.
The steps to set up are as follows
Set up Windows Hello in the Settings account and login options
Guide the device to safe mode:
Settings and updates and security
Under Advanced Startup, select Restart Now
When your PC is restarted to the Select Options screen, select Troubleshooting, Advanced Options, Start Settings, And Restart. You may be asked to enter a BitLocker recovery key.
After the PC is restarted, you will see a list of options. Select 4 or press F4 to start the PC in safe mode. You can also select 5 or press F5 to start in secure mode with a network connection.
Sign in to your device with Windows Hello PIN
Native support for webcams
UWP app can be restarted automatically
1. Go to the Settings account and login options, automatically save restartable apps when you log out when you enable “Opt out” in “Restart apps” and restart them after you sign in. “
2. Set to launch one or more UWP apps, such as Feedback Hub
3. Sign out and then log back on to Windows
UWP applications, including Feedback Hub, are launched and minimized to the taskbar button.
Xbox Game Bar Update
These features include a new frame rate counter and an achievement overlay. As you might expect, the frame rate counter shows the number of frames per second (FPS) of any particular game you may be running, and users can customize this from the Effects Overlay section.
On the other hand, the achievement overlay helps you track progress over time, show what’s unlocked so far, and indicate what you can try to get next.
Optimise the Bluetooth pairing experience
In Windows 10 Version 1803, Microsoft set out to simplify the pairing experience for Bluetooth devices. The idea is simple – if the supported device is nearby and in pairing mode, we’ll show you a notification that prompts you to complete the pairing. And today Microsoft is bringing more improvements:
Complete the pairing in the notification. You no longer need to go into the Settings app to complete the pairing.
To speed up pairing time, we improve the UI by displaying one less notification.
We added a Dismiss button to the first notification to give you more control when using Swift Pair.
To make notifications more helpful, let’s now display device names and categories as much as possible.
Supported devices include:
Surface Ergonomic Keyboard
Surface Precision Mouse
Microsoft Modern Mobile Mouse
Surface Mobile Mouse
Microsoft Arc Mouse
Surface Arc Mouse
The pairing motion is as follows:
Rename the virtual desktop
The virtual desktop is displayed in the task view, and all desktops can be named.
Virtual desktops can help you visually and cognitively separate different tasks on your PC. They are also convenient for presentations – enabling you to prepare presentations on different desktops. Many user feedback requires different desktop names to better distinguish between work, entertainment, and other environments, so this improvement was introduced in this update.
To rename the virtual desktop, the user can open the task view (by selecting the task view button in the taskbar, or press the WIN-Tab button), click the desktop name and now switch it to an editable place where you can set the name to anything you want (including emoji).
Users can also right-click the virtual desktop in Task View and then select the rename operation in the right-click menu. If you haven’t created any other desktops yet, select New Desktop in Task View to get started. This rename change remains in effect after the device restarts.
Improved tablet mode
The taskbar icon is removed and the start menu is fully screened after the device switches to tablet mode. In the new tablet mode, not only does the taskbar icon be preserved, but the spacing is increased to optimize the touch experience.
In addition to maintaining a familiar desktop experience for tablet status, there are some key touch improvements:
Increase the spacing between taskbar icons
The search box on the taskbar is now reduced to an icon
File Manager switches to touch-optimized layout
Automatic ally call virtual keyboard when you click on a text box
It’s easier to reinstall your PC
Aaron Lower, Microsoft’s recovery project manager, said in a Windows Insider webcast that “reset this PC feature” makes it “almost like you turned on your PC for the first time.” If you want to sell or give away a PC, you can erase files or even the drive so that the data cannot be recovered. If you experience PC problems, or just want a clean Windows system, you will get a brand new Windows operating system.
When you reset your PC, you can choose to keep your personal files or delete them from your PC. Either way, Windows removes installed programs and gives you a brand new operating system.
To reset your PC, go to Settings, Update and Security, Recovery, or select the Troubleshooter option in the Advanced Startup Options menu. If you’re having trouble starting your PC, open this menu, but you can also open it while clicking the Windows Start menu or the Restart option in the sign-in screen.
Windows will collect the required files in the background and basically create a new Windows installation. If you prefer, it will migrate your personal files, as well as hardware drivers and pre-installed applications to the new system.
Task Manager can display GPU temperature
One of the long-term recommendations for task manager is to increase temperature monitoring support, and in today’s release update we’re starting to meet the user’s needs step by step. If you use a discrete graphics card, we will now list the current temperature next to its list in the Performance tab.
The GPU temperature option currently displayed in Task Manager currently only supports discrete graphics cards. Users may need to update the graphics driver to view temperature information. In particular, you need to support one of WDDM version 2.4 (or later). To check which version of your PC is available, press WIN-R and enter dxdiag. Under the Display tab, it displays your version of WDDM next to the driver model.
Currently, the temperature value is only supported by degrees Celsius.
Improve the Optional Features page in Settings
Based on your feedback, we have made a number of usability improvements on the Optional Features page in Settings (Settings and Apps and Features, Optional Features) and now invite fast channel members to test.
Multi-select: You can now select and install multiple optional features at the same time.
Better list management: You can now search for lists of optional features and sort them by name, size, and installation date.
More useful information: You can now see the date of installation for each optional feature in the Installed Features list. Microsoft has also added more text descriptions for the dependency of each optional feature.
Simpler page navigation: View the status of the latest installation/uninstall/cancel on the home page of the Latest Operations section. You can now add optional features and view the history through the pop-up dialog box, so you don’t have to leave the main page.
These improvements are currently only available to 50% of Fast Channel users and will be open to more Fast members in the coming weeks to assess the quality of the experience.
Add mouse cursor speed to settings
In the new version, the user can set the mouse’s cursor speed in the Settings app. This is the latest in Microsoft’s ongoing efforts to integrate settings and dashboard experiences. You can find the setting under the settings.
Make Notepad a Microsoft Store app
For more than 30 years, Notepad has been a much-loved text editor in Windows. In the past few releases, Microsoft has made some minor improvements to Notepad based on your feedback (including extended line end support, wrapping around search, and indicating when there is unsaved content).
Starting with this version, we’re making changes so that notepad updates will be automatically available through the store in the future. This will give us the flexibility to respond to issues and feedback outside the scope of the Windows version. As always, if you have any feedback on notepad, we welcome your feedback center under the app notepad.
Set up a redesigned network status page in the app:
Based on user feedback, Microsoft redesigned the Network and Internet target page in the Setup app to provide more information about the connection of the current device, while also giving users a clearer idea of how to connect to the Internet.
New view of active connections
Microsoft now displays all available connection ports on the Status page so you can quickly see which ports are connected and view and change properties as needed. If the user has more than one connection, only one will be used for the network connection, while the other several will still appear at the top of the status page.
Integrated data traffic statistics
As shown in the figure above, you can view the data traffic that the current network is already using on the status page. If you think you’re using too much traffic right now, you can limit your data traffic on the Data Usage page. If you approach or exceed the limit, the network issues a warning. You can also see how much data each app uses on the network.
Chinese Traditional input method improvement
Based on user feedback, Microsoft has brought three new Chinese Traditional input methods, Bopomofo voice input method, Canggu input method and Quick input method.
Bopomofo voice input method
Previous user feedback has said that sometimes you accidentally hit the Shift-Space keyboard shortcut, resulting in unexpected changes in character width between half and full width. So Microsoft has added a setting in the new version that disables keyboard shortcuts (which is disabled by default) to access this setting, right-click on the “In/English” icon in the taskbar, and click Settings, general, and “Switch character width sphea using Shift and spaces.”
As you may have noticed in the screenshot above, we are now adding the ability to change the size of the candidate font, and if you find that you need to be larger, you can separate it from the rest of the system. (You can still change the system font size under Easy Access. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . )
Quickly create calendar items from the taskbar
Have you ever used to turning on the clock and calendar item layout to help you manage your thoughts or make plans? We’ve been working hard to make it easier to create new events and reminders, and we’re happy to announce that as of today, when you click on the date in the taskbar, all insiders in the Fast channel should see this change:
Select the date you want and start typing, and then you’ll see the inline option to set the time and location.