Windows 10 May 2020 Update (version 2004) now available

The Surface Laptop 3.
The Surface Laptop 3. (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • The Windows 10 May 2020 Update is now available.
  • The update includes a new Cortana UI, updates to Virtual Desktops, and streamlined Swift Pair.
  • The update also moves more options to the Settings app.

The Windows 10 May 2020 Update is rolling out now. Microsoft pushed it a bit close to having to be renamed the June 2020 Update, but the update officially started rolling out before May ended. The May 2020 Update, also known as Windows 10 version 2004, is a more substantial update than Windows 10 version 1909 which rolled out as a cumulative update. The May 2020 Update has a new Cortana UI, improvements to Virtual Desktops, changes to the Settings app, streamlined Swift Pairing, and some other meaningful changes.

As Windows 10 has been out for years in some form, even major updates don't have the laundry list of new features that we used to see. Instead, updates like the May 2020 Update focus on specific changes and improvements as well as bug fixes.

One of the biggest changes in the latest update is Cortana. It's now a system app that can be updated independently from Windows 10, similarly to the Mail and Calculator apps. The new Cortana focuses on typing, though voice is still an option.

Review: Windows 10 May 2020 Update packs improvements to existing features

Following the update, you'll be able to rename Virtual Desktops and save them across reboots. This improves workflows that utilize Virtual Desktops quite a bit as you no longer have to set things up every time you reboot your PC.

The Windows 10 Settings app gained some features, including cursor speed controls. Microsoft is moving all settings into that app over time, and that movement continues in this update.

Microsoft also made improvements to Swift Pair, the Task Manager, and made changes to Windows Search. You can read all about the changes in our complete breakdown of the Windows 10 May 2020 Update.

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17 Comments
  • Is this the Windows update where the new Edge replaces the old Edge?
  • No. My surface pro got updated to chromium edge a week or two ago and is still on a previous version.
  • I don’t think they’re bounding to a particular release. But I don’t know why they’re being so overly cautious.
  • No, Chedge will be updated independently of Windows.
  • I was hoping fort hat too. Although I had been having the new Edge on one of my laptops, none of my other three devices recieved it yet. I was hoping this update was the latest at which point they will get it. I am a bit disappointed that it's not going to happen then for sure. I am more confused when they mention the new icon set as part of 20H1 update. I guess we all have been having those for months now.
  • Yes, I just have updated my w10 Pro PC and it changed the edge with New edge browser.
  • Did anyone get update on Surface Go 1st gen? Mine not see it.
  • I had to get the Update tool and manually install it on my 1st gen Surface Go...it's still installing, and it takes quite a while, I must warn you. (almost two hours) Be prepared to do something else in the meantime
  • I got the notification today on my 2013 SP1
  • and suddendly Cortana is not supported in my language (French - Canada) anymore...
  • Is that a bad thing? I wish Ms would scrap Cortana or at least allow us to get rid of it like it is in the LTSB edition of Windows 10 in fact give us the choice of having the LTSB edition
  • I wouldn't say bad , more like idiotic .
  • Did not work for the Surface Pro X. Install begins then halts at 25%. It then starts another system check before finally informing me the "PC cannot upgrade to Windows 10". Fine print says something to the effect that the update is not yet available for my PC.
  • On my SPX, I've been running the Release Preview of 2004 for about a month. Works fine.
  • Preview build? Just released, so how can this be? Dev channel?
  • Same for my Surface Pro X and Surface Laptop 3 Intel version. It says that my devices can not yet be updated
  • I wonder that W10 Home is still not getting CU update but my W10 Pro system has updated and ready for 2004 update.