Windows 10 May 2020 Update: All the changes so far

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Windows 10's next major feature update is currently in development. Now called the Windows 10 May 2020 Update, and codenamed '20H1', this upcoming release is currently in testing with Insiders, and is expected to ship sometime in the spring of 2020. This update focuses primarily on under the hood platform work to improve OS stability and performance.

We've had several Insider Preview builds of 20H1 now, so it's time to start keeping track of all the notable new changes found in these builds. We'll update this post periodically with new notable changes once they are made available for testing.

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  • File Explorer has a new search UI and is now powered by a new "Windows Search" system.
  • The touch keyboard now features 39 additional languages powered by SwiftKey technologies.
  • Input Method Editor (IME) has improvements for Japanese as well as Simplified and Traditional Chinese.
  • Dictation now supports 12 additional languages.
  • The Wi-Fi list has been updated with a tweaked UI and better iconography.
  • Windows Ink Workspace is now smaller and provides direct access to Microsoft Whiteboard and Snip & Sketch.
  • A brand new Cortana experience is present that features a new conversational UI, light and dark mode, and more.
  • Virtual Desktops can now be renamed and are saved across reboots.
  • New notification options are present and allow the user to control what apps can pop notifications, hide the content of notifications, and more.
  • Users can now add events to their calendar directly from the time and date flyout on the taskbar.
  • Convertible laptops now have an improved touch experience when in desktop mode that makes buttons larger on the taskbar and in File Explorer.
Zac Bowden
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