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!
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.
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.
- Groove Music.
- 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.
These are the apps-related enhancements we expect:
- 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.
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!
- Windows 10 Redstone 5 complete changelog
- Windows 10 Redstone 4 complete changelog
- Windows 10 Redstone 3 complete changelog
Updated May 22, 2019: We updated this changelog with the latest changes found in release build 18362.
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