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Hands-on with Windows 10 October 2020 Update highlighting new features and changes

Windows 10 Start menu 20h2
Windows 10 Start menu 20h2 (Image credit: Windows Central)

Microsoft's second big feature update for Windows 10 is around the corner, and it's packing a number of notable changes and enhancements that we think you're going to like. Microsoft is finally focusing on the little things, trying to improve the overall design of the OS, and it starts with the Start menu.

With Windows 10 October 2020 Update, Microsoft has begun working on making UI areas inside Windows more consistent. It's started by streamlining the UI of the Start menu, which now has a tile interface that matches your system theme instead of being independently colored. In addition, the Start menu Apps List no longer has colored boxes around app icons.

Other areas of improvement include a slight update to the Notifications UI, the ability to copy system information from the Settings app, and ALT+Tab users can now see Microsoft Edge webpages in the switcher UI. The new Microsoft Edge itself is now also preinstalled.

Finally, Microsoft is updating the system behavior when moving between laptop mode and tablet mode by default. Windows will no longer ask you if you want to enter the dedicated tablet mode on Windows 10, and instead will enhance the desktop mode with bigger hitboxes on the Taskbar and File Explorer.

Make sure you check out our hands-on video above for the full walkthrough, and let us know what you think. Windows 10 Version 20H2 is coming soon!

Zac Bowden
Zac Bowden

Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

3 Comments
  • They should remove the boxes around app icons in Settings and Task Manager, too. Though Settings is in dire need of a general overhaul anyway. Windows 10X already showed some of this last winter, how come there is still none of it to see in Windows 10? Instead we're getting awfully low-effort additions like the new disk management. Also, the new Windows 10 touch mode was silently added many months ago to 2004 as well, not just 20H2, though for some reason I've never seen this mentioned anywhere.
  • if you don't want boxes, you can group the tiles and get a blanket look.
    Which is quite nice but prefer variety on my start.
    Touch mode is a lot better but is lacking taskbar autohide.
    Autohide taskbar seems available on desktop mode and tablet mode but not touch mode. Go figure
    I don't think these guys actually use computers, they just write code.
  • >> Also, the new Windows 10 touch mode was silently added many months ago to 2004 as well, not just 20H2, though for some reason I've never seen this mentioned anywhere. I'm on 2004 on my SP7 and I can confirm this. This isn't the first time old features have been reported as new!