Microsoft's next big Windows 10 feature update is here. Codenamed "19H1," and known officially as the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, this release brings with it a few new features and lots of improvements to already existing ones. Let's take a look!

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Windows 10 May 2019 Update

Windows Shell

Here's a list of expected changes:

  • A new light theme is available which turns the taskbar, Start menu, and other areas of the Windows Shell white.
  • Shadows are now present under several UI elements in including XAML context menus and window popups.
  • The login screen now features Acrylic blur effects.
  • The Emoji Panel is now drag-able.
  • Emoji 12, Kaomoji, and Symbols are available in the Emoji Panel.
  • Focus Assist will now automatically turn on when entering full screen in an app.
  • You can now customize quick actions directly within the Action Center.
  • A new brightness slider is now present in the quick actions area in Action Center.
  • The default wallpaper has been updated with lighter colors and a flatter aesthetic.
  • Snip & Sketch now supports window snip for easy screenshotting of app windows.
  • Start and Taskbar jump lists now feature Fluent Design reveal and blur effects.
  • The power and account menus in the Start menu now includes icons.
  • The Start menu default layout has been simplified, now using a single column with a cleaner setup.
  • You can now unpin entire live tile groups in the Start menu.
  • The File Explorer icon is now slightly darker to better fit in with the light theme.
  • Game Bar has been updated with a new UI.
  • Cloud Clipboard's UI has been tweaked to better suite keyboard and mouse use.
  • Taskbar jump lists will now match your taskbar color.

Search and Cortana

We expect to see these changes and enhancements:

  • Search features a new landing page for recent activities and search-category UI along the top.
  • Search and Cortana are now separate.
  • Cortana will now start automatically listening when you click on its icon in the taskbar.
  • A new "top apps" area is present that displays your most used apps for quick launching.

Settings

Here's a list of features and changes we expect in Settings:

  • Settings homepage has a new personalized banner at the top which provides quick access to Microsoft Rewards, OneDrive, Your Phone, and Updates.
  • Users can now theme the Windows Shell separately from apps with a new custom color mode.
  • You can now use the Settings app to configure advanced Ethernet IP settings, including configuration of static IP addresses and preferred DNS server settings.
  • Task Manager will now tell you which apps are scaling per-monitor or by system.
  • Windows Hello settings have been redesigned with a cleaner user experience.
  • You can now set up a security key directly in Settings.
  • A new enhanced search mode provides granular control over file searching to increased performance.
  • Storage settings have been updated with a new design and cleaner user experience.
  • You can now uninstall several more inbox apps including:

    • 3D viewer.
    • Calculator.
    • Calendar.
    • Groove Music.
    • Mail.
    • Movies & TV.
    • Paint 3D.
    • Snip & Sketch.
    • Sticky Notes.
    • Voice Recorder.
  • A new troubleshooting system is present and uses diagnostic data sent from your PC to deliver a set of fixes matching problems that have been detected on your device.

  • Microsoft will now recommend a fix when Windows detects an issue.
  • "Fix scaling for legacy apps" is now on by default.
  • Windows Update has been updated with a new layout that brings forward several functions including pause updates, intelligent active hours, and more.
  • Intelligent active hours will automatically adjust your set active hours depending on whether your usage hours change to avoid missing installing an update while not interrupting your workflow.
  • You can now manually sync the system clock with Microsoft for accurate timekeeping.
  • You can now adjust the size of the cursor.
  • You can now create new password-less Microsoft Accounts with just a phone number.
  • Windows 10 Enterprise can now use Automatic Restart and Sign-On.
  • The pin reset experience has been refined.
  • Windows will now reserve up to 7GB of disk space for updates.
  • The "Reset this PC" option has been updated with a slightly different UI.
  • You can now drag new fonts directly into the Settings fonts page to install them.
  • The Windows Insider Program page has been updated with a new UI.
  • Insiders can now choose to automatically opt-out of the Insider Program when an in-development version of Windows is completed.

Apps

These are the apps-related enhancements we expect:

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  • A new Office app is present and provides quick access to your recent documents and Office web apps.
  • The "Settings and more..." menu in Edge can now break out of the app window.

Miscellaneous changes

And some other random changes:

  • Microsoft is reworking how game downloads and installs work from the Microsoft Store. It should be much more stable and reliable now.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in the back button in Settings and other apps becoming white text on a white background if you hovered over it.
  • You can now read ADLaM documents and webpages with the Windows Ebrima font.
  • A microphone icon is now present in the system tray when your microphone is in use.
  • Pressing F4 when in Registry Editor will now place the caret at the end of the address bar, expanding the autocomplete dropdown.
  • You can now read next, current and previous sentences in Narrator.
  • Vietnamese Telex and Number key-based keyboards are now available.
  • Indic Phonetic keyboards are now available for PC.
  • More symbols are now available on the touch keyboard.
  • Narrator will now alert you when you are accidentally typing with Caps Lock turned on.
  • The modern print dialog now supports light theme.
  • The touch keyboard will now invisibly dynamically adjust hit points for letters based on how you type.
  • Narrator has a new home experience that lets you launch into specific narrator features.
  • Windows Sandbox lets Pro and Enterprise users run a virtual instance of Windows 10 on top of your active install to test apps.
  • You can now set a default tab in Task Manager.
  • You can now resize the cursor via a slider, with up to 15 different sizes to choose from.
  • Windows 10 Home users will now have light mode enabled by default after a clean install. Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise continues to use dark mode enabled by default.
  • Start is now its own process and will no longer go to sleep, meaning it should feel responsive all the time.
  • This release includes improved RAW image format support.
  • A new "globe" disconnected icon is now present in the System Tray when disconnected from the internet.
  • Win32 apps now run within Windows Mixed Reality.
  • ADLaM and Osage are now supported in the virtual keyboard.
  • Narrator now announces headings at all verbosity levels.
  • WSL users can now view Linux user files directly within File Explorer.

Catch up on all the changes from the previous Windows 10 updates

Seeing a feature that isn't listed here? Perhaps it was added in a previous Windows 10 update. Check out our changelogs for those below!

Updated May 22, 2019: We updated this changelog with the latest changes found in release build 18362.

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